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B/R: You've had a really busy year, with the draft and the injury. Has this all taught you anything about yourself that you didn't know before?
NN: Yeah, it definitely taught me how to judge the game; not take it for granted. One day you're dunking and having fun, and the next day your leg just blows up. It's difficult. It's really taught me how to love the game more.
B/R: You're known to have an insane work ethic; take the play you were injured on. Will you have to push through any barriers, or will it be difficult kind of regaining that no-fear mentality?
NN: It will definitely be a process coming back from this, mentally and physically. For me, playing hard, that's just who I am. That's not something I'll have to get back. But then being as aggressive as I was is still a process.
B/R: I know you said you were excited to play alongside [Michael] Carter-Williams. What is it that you're most excited about?
NN: Me and him played in the past, playing AAU together, and we really had a connection. We're kind of bringing that into it [the NBA] and not having to develop it; it's already there. We're just going to take it to another level, get adjusted to the NBA and take our games to another level with each other.
B/R: Have any current NBA players reached out to you about your high top, saying they love it or giving you any kind of feedback on it?
NN: No, I don't think any NBA players will tell me they love my hair.
B/R: Has anyone from your draft class made fun of it, tried to get you to cut it, or anything like that?
NN: Yeah! Ricky Ledo tried to tell me to cut it, just joking around. There's a few guys who will joke around with it.
B/R: Everyone knows a lot about your game, but is there a less publicized part about it that you would consider underrated?
NN: I would definitely say my passing ability, being able to find open teammates and just really expanding that part of my game. I think that's it—the most underrated part of my game. And I think it's really critical to winning games.
B/R: Did your draft-day slide give you any extra drive?
NN: Oh yeah, definitely. It makes you work that much harder to be the best that you could be.