Sebastian Telfair is in his ninth year in the NBA and with his eighth team, but as well-travelled as he might be, coming to a new team is always an adjustment.
“You don’t get used to it, definitely not in the middle of the season,” Telfair said in his first availability with Toronto media, a date that was pushed back a day as Telfair battled a flu bug.
“But basketball is a team sport so you need that time to jel with your team,” he said. “You need to go to training camp with your guys and work hard and kind of build something.”
Fortunately for Telfair the locker room in Toronto isn’t completely foreign territory. He has prior relationships form summer workouts with the likes of Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry, but there’s still a feeling out period one has to go through when you first join a team and Telfair is more familiar with it than most.
“On the court it will be easy for me,” Telfair said. “The basketball is still the same shape, so I think I’ll be able to get through that part of it.”
On the court, he knows he has a head start, but there is still work to do.
“I’ve been around and got relationships with a lot of these guys so that won’t be too hard,” he said. “I just have to fit in. No matter how cool I think I am, these guys have been together for a couple of months, so I’ve got to see where I fit in for right now.”
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