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Primoz Brezec believes he's worthy of being a regular starter in the NBA

Slovenian center Primoz Brezec has been traded twice this season. But even if a couple of NBA teams lacked confidence in him, he still has plenty in himself.
A trade deadline deal sent Brezec from the Detroit Pistons to the Toronto Raptors, barely two months after the Charlotte Bobcats shipped the center to the Pistons.
Brezec praised Pistons president Joe Dumars and said he briefly preferred to stay in Detroit for a better chance to win a title. But he wasn't part of the rotation in Detroit, and Brezec believes he definitely should be.
"I was just looking for a chance and I didn't get it. In a month and a half, two months I didn't get one chance," Brezec said. "All I was getting was garbage time. That's not me, man. I've been a starter in this league. I know I can play, so I'm not going to sit on the bench, I guarantee you that."
Brezec started 18 of 20 games in Charlotte this season but averaged just 1.9 points in about 13 minutes a game. His problem there was with the coach.
Sam Vincent implemented an up-tempo style in an attempt to take advantage of speedy wings Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson, and point guard Raymond Felton. Brezec thinks he could have been useful in that role.
"He wants to run and gun. I have no problem with that," Brezec said. "I'm in good shape. I can run three days in a row. But if you're the starter, I think I set a record in the NBA. Out of 15 games I didn't get a ball, I didn't get a shot off.
"I mean so there ... 'You know what Sam, you don't need me, you don't like me, I don't like you, so get me out of here (if) I'm not playing.' You see how they're doing this year."
Vincent was much more diplomatic, saying the Bobcats "were happy that he's doing well."
"I'm very aware of what Primoz Brezec had to say, and my only response is I'm happy Primoz is playing in Toronto," Vincent said. "We gave him the ball in Charlotte and we wanted him to score, and it didn't happen for us. Maybe his conditioning has gotten better or he's gotten more confidence."
Brezec had a promising Toronto debut, scoring 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in 13 minutes of a victory over the New York Knicks last Sunday. He racked up another DNP-Coach's Decision the next night, but believes he'll get an opportunity with the Raptors to prove he's the player he thinks he is.
"They told me I'm going to get a shot. That's all I need to prove, to show that I can play," Brezec said. "If I can't play, I'll take it as a man. Just tell me straight in the face, 'You (stink), you can't play.' I'll take that. But I know that's not the truth. I've been a starter in this league, I know I can play. I know I can help this team."


Updated : 2021-06-12 19:29 GMT+08:00