Royce O’Neale no love lost for Brooklyn amid struggles


Although he is getting ready to assist the Suns in their pursuit of the championship, the former Net will always cherish the memories he has of his time spent in Brooklyn.  

Over the course of the past year and a half, the Brooklyn Nets have benefited from the versatile and dependable presence of Royce O'Neale at the centre of their team.   

The 29-year-old courageously became a perimeter defender and leader for the Nets, averaging 8.3 points, 4.3 boards, 3.4 assists, and 38.0 percent three-point shooting.  

Due to the fact that they were confronted with uncertainty over their future cooperation and were strongly encouraged to make essential changes, the Nets were forced to take a difficult pill to swallow when they shipped Royce away before the trade deadline in February.   

Kevin Durant, a former superstar for the Brooklyn Nets, has reconnected with the senior player, who is currently playing for the Phoenix Suns. 

Royce admits his Brooklyn time was a roller coaster. Despite injuries, roster moves, adjustments, and general hardship, he loved his brief time with the Nets.  

In a nutshell, yes. During the trade deadline of the previous year, we were able to acquire a whole new team. To answer your question, yes, it was difficult. Each individual is figuring out their roles and other things.   

Moreover, during this season, it continued to be quite challenging. Especially in terms of rotation, guys coming in and going out. Depending on the game, it was different. But I had a pleasant experience there.   

I learned a lot, especially from the time I first came in to the guys playing with a new team and still being a leader and everything this past year when I was there," O'Neale said in an interview with Kelly Iko of The Athletic.  

Even though Royce admitted it was hard to switch teams in the middle of the season, he feels honoured and blessed to have joined a Phoenix team with high title hopes.  

Following in the footsteps of what he provided to the Nets on a nightly basis, the Suns anticipate that he will bring versatility and play an important part in their continuous pursuit of the championship.  

"It's a big change." When you were moved in the middle of the season. When you switch teams, you might need to learn something new. But when you're moved to a team that's in the running.

you know it's an honour and are proud of it. But just being yourself and coming in to change the game in any way you can. Then just being happy every day." 

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