Shane Larkin on returning to the NBA: “I won’t go as a third point guard”

Shane Larkin Anadolu Efes ASVEL Villeurbanne
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Anadolu Efes superstar Shane Larkin will go back to the NBA only under the right circumstances. Larkin had a historic run in the 2019-2020 EuroLeague season, which came in a conclusion in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More specifically, the explosive guard had an MVP-like season, averaging 22.2 points and 25.8 PIR, along with 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds. The former Celtics back-up point guard shared his thoughts on a possible NBA return.

“I will not go back to the NBA as a third point guard,” Larkin said to Fansided. “So, if any team asks about that, we’re not even gonna answer the phone.

If I’m working that hard to try to get you guys to believe that I’m the best player in Europe, and people are understanding that, I want to enjoy the luxuries of that,” Larkin continued explaining why he doesn’t want to be a benchwarmer in the NBA.

“I work hard for what I do and I want people to respect that. I don’t want to go to the gym and work out and put my body through hell, and then when it’s the most fun time, and everybody gets to see what you’ve been working on, and it’s time to put on a show, you’re in a warmup the entire time, sitting on the bench, you don’t get to enjoy the pleasures of your work. I love putting in the work and then I love the benefits of my hard work.”

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