Mehmet Okur talks about now being on the Nets
“I’m happy and excited to be here, and to be able to play with Deron Williams again.” Okur said after practicing with his new teammates for the first time yesterday. “It’s good to be here, a good feeling.”
Okur, who was an All-Star in 2007 while playing alongside Williams in Utah, has long been one of the league’s top shooting big men. But after the 32-year-old tore his Achilles tendon late in the 2009-10 season, he has spent the better part of the last 18 months trying to regain his health.
He spent most of last year on the shelf after trying to rush back from the injury. That, in turn, led to back problems, and Okur wound up playing in just 13 games all season.
“I kind of came [back] early, because I wanted to play,” he said. “Then I hurt my back, and it was kind of back-and-forth. I’d play a couple games, then I felt great, then a couple games later I was hurt again.
“It was a rough year for me, but I feel great now and I’m ready to go.”