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March 29, 2013 Updates

The turning point for Reggie Evans occurred when he held his tongue and stepped out of character, avoiding conflict after a teammate told interim coach P.J. Carlesimo that the forward needed to be benched because he was an offensive liability. Evans, typically outspoken, said he left it alone at that moment instead of lashing back, using the insult as motivation before progressing into the most positively surprising season for the Nets. “I got frustrated one day when one of my teammates told my coach to take me out the game. I bit my tongue. I didn’t say nothing to (my teammate),” Evans said. “But me, knowing me, I usually attack and say something. I bit my tongue. I said, ‘OK.’ I said, ‘All right, start being aggressive.’ So I took it in a positive way, instead of just doing my normal self, like ‘What you say? What you say?’” New York Daily News

March 28, 2013 Updates

Evans, typically outspoken, said he left it alone at that moment instead of lashing back, using the insult as motivation before progressing into the most positively surprising season for the Nets. "I got frustrated one day when one of my teammates told my coach to take me out the game. I bit my tongue. I didn't say nothing to (my teammate)," Evans said. "But me, knowing me, I usually attack and say something. I bit my tongue. I said, 'Ok.' I said, 'Alright, start being aggressive.' So I took it in a positive way, instead of just doing my normal self, like 'What you say? What you say?" New York Daily News

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The Nets power forward, appearing on SiriusXM’s “Off The Dribble,” said he didn’t knock the fact the Heat claimed last season’s title at the end of a lockout shortened season before Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Heat. “I didn’t say it didn’t prove anything,” Evans said. “Those were not my exact words. I said they won a championship in a lockout season. That’s what I said. That was really about it. “I never said they did not prove anything. I just said they won a championship in a lockout season. That was it. I guess people just took it out of proportion, that’s all.” New York Post

January 31, 2013 Updates

Earlier Wednesday, Evans dismissed the Heat's championship-winning season by telling the New York Daily News: "It doesn't prove nothing. That was a lockout season." When James learned of the comments during the day, he tweeted: "Just keep throwing rocks at the throne, don't matter cause nothing can break my zone." ESPN.com

"You can't just come out and say something like that versus a champion," James said after the game. "No one knows what it takes unless you've done it. You can't sit here and judge and talk about a team winning a championship unless you've done it. (Evans) hasn't done it. “I’m not going to sit here and give Reggie Evans a lot of press because that’s what’s going to happen," he continued. "I’m going to give him a lot of press and people going to talk about Reggie Evans for the next couple of days when he probably wouldn’t be talked about.” NetsDaily

Then, to rub it in, he read off Evans' line on the stat sheet. "Let me look at his numbers real quick -- he had no offensive rebounds, so we did our number on him," James said. Then, there was the matter of points. Evans didn't score. James had 24. Evans didn't comment. He had escaped the Nets locker room before reporters arrived but later tweeted about the controversy. Some samples... NetsDaily

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Evans admitted the Nets put themselves in that position by the way they played against Memphis. saying “You can do what you want.” But that didn’t mean he liked it. “We’re pretty much putting our subs in the game, and just to see you putting him in the game,” Evans said. “You’ve got Rudy and Zach still in the game. You still got Conley in the game and then you’re going to put [Gasol] in the game? It’s like, ‘Are you serious?’ “I’m kind of shocked, you know what I’m saying? It is what it is, but you can’t do nothing but respect it. It won’t be forgotten, though.” New York Post

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Evans is one of the most effective rebounders of the last 10 years, and one of the league’s grittiest defenders. But he is also viewed as one of the most shameless floppers, a reputation he sort of half-embraces, even as he tries to evade scrutiny in this new era of flopping prohibition. “It seems like there’s a magnifier on me right now,” Evans said last week, during a lengthy interview about his career. “I’m real cautious this year. It seems like everybody’s watching me on the court.” New York Times

This season, Evans is averaging 16.7 rebounds per 40 minutes for the Nets, second only to Anderson Varejao (16.8) among everyday players. Evans joined the Nets in July, but he is already a fan favorite at Barclays Center. The crowd chanted his name during a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, though he scored just 6 points that night. Eleven years into an N.B.A. career that nearly wasn’t, Evans still has not developed any sort of offensive game. He is averaging 3 points per game and rarely even looks to score. When the ball hits his hands, Evans’s first instinct is to pass it to someone who can, as quickly as possible. (“It’s like the first time someone holds a really small infant,” Barry said. “ ‘O.K., here, take it back.’ ”) New York Times

Even as a rookie, Evans had a knack for irritating his opponents, some of them his teammates. Most players will downshift a bit in practice, to conserve energy and to avoid bruising anyone. Not Evans. “I remember getting on the practice court with him at times and him literally just bowling people over,” Barry said. “To the point where midway through the season, at times, Gary Payton didn’t practice — because, one, he is Gary Payton, and two, because Reggie didn’t care whether it was the practice court or the game court. He was going to do what he did, no matter who it was that was in front of him.” Nate McMillan, who coached the Sonics then, saw a player who was “strong as an ox” and “tough as nails,” who kept running while his teammates stopped for water breaks in a September minicamp. “Reggie only knows one way to play, and that is hard,” McMillan said. “And if you’re not playing hard, he’s going to beat you up even more.” New York Times

It is June 1998, and Evans is 18 years old. He is sitting on the public side of a glass partition. On the other side is his cousin Devalaus Marquis Rome, who has been arrested twice in eight days for dealing crack cocaine. This was not unusual. Drugs were prevalent in the neighborhood surrounding the Pensacola Village housing projects, where Evans lived. His family was huge — his mother had 10 siblings — and Evans had many cousins who were running the streets. Evans hardly knew his father, who was in and out of jail. “I could have strayed away, a lot of different times,” Evans recalled, speaking in a soft Southern drawl. “My family’s so big, so you’re still around it. There’s no way of avoiding it.” New York Times

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