Batum: ‘I’m not the old Nicolas Batum’
Nicolas Batum has heard the whispers from the naysayers. And he knows the ones who haven’t yet announced their critiques are laying in the weeds, waiting for an opportune moment to pounce.
Yes, Batum has lived up to that lofty offseason contract — and then some — during a season-opening 11-game stretch in which he is playing the best basketball of his career. But, the NBA season is only three weeks old. There’s plenty of time for this feel-good story to go south.
“It’s what people say about me and what people too scared to say it think about me: ‘Yeah, he’s been good, but it’s only been 11 games. We’re going to see the old Nicolas Batum soon,” the Trail Blazers’ starting small forward said. “But I’m going to try to avoid that. I’m not the old Nicolas Batum.”