Nuggets’ Juancho Hernangomez says ‘it’s tough’ not getting consistent minutes

Juancho Hernangomez Denver Nuggets
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Juancho Hernangomez of the Denver Nuggets talked ahead of the European Primetime game this weekend against the Rockets on Sky Sports Arena.

Q: What have you made of your season so far and what is your goal for the rest of the season?

JH: “It has not been a good season for me. I’ve been struggling with my game. I don’t make too many shots. It’s tough. I have to figure it out. I keep practicing the same, even more. I’ve been shooting really good in practice, it’s just the games. When you don’t have the consistent minutes, consistent rhythm the game is tough. All the players have the same thing and I’ll have to figure it out and keep going.”

Q: Is there anything you are working on personally to ensure you get a better role on the team?

JH: “I try to be ready. You don’t know how many minutes you’re going to get. Sometimes you play one game and then three games you’re not in the rotation, so you just have to be ready. It’s tough. I don’t have a lot of shots in the game but I have to be ready.”

Q: How do you keep a positive mindset?

JH: “Just working on my game. I get here in the morning to work on my game to be ready. That’s the key. When coach calls you, then you have to be ready. Just find myself. That’s my goal right now. Just enjoy playing time again.”

Q: Which player has impressed you most in the NBA and why?

JH: “All the great players, all the other stars, are amazing. I try to watch them and focus on what they do, what they don’t do. I like to see their warmups. It’s crazy how good they are.”

Q: Do you talk to your brother, Willy, often? Do you help each other out?

JH: “We talk every single day. We play video games together with a friend in Spain, too. That connection is pretty good because we play two, three hours a day and we are talking to each other and to our Spanish friends. They keep your mind out of the game, and that’s good. We call after the game, ‘How are you feeling, what you’re going to do.’ Try to keep each other up and be positive between us.”

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