New Celtic center Luke Kornet talks his debut, path to joining Boston

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The second of two new Boston Celtics big men took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night — center Luke Kornet — a game after big man Moritz Wagner made his debut for Boston in the team’s road win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

The Vanderbilt product had a considerable impact on the contest, scoring a pair of back-to-back shots beyond the arc that would hand the Celtics their first lead of the game well into the contest’s final frame. Baptized with a water bottle by new teammate and fellow 7-footer Tacko Fall for his successful debut, Kornet quickly made an impression on his teammates and fans alike.

As was the case with Wagner, the new Celtic center fielded questions about his rapid transition to the team.

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"It was great to be on the court," offered Kornet, quite literally happy to have had a chance to contribute to the team's second straight win.

"Coach [Brad] Stevens told me after half time just to be ready. I was hoping to come in and -- they have Moses Brown at the rim a lot, so I'll pull him out a little bit, and then I'm just trying to guard the rim and keep him off the glass."

"It was a lot of fun to be able to be able to play with this group of guys," he added. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1376255464145571841?s=20

The Texan big man was also asked about his path towards finding an impactful team after landing on his third team in four seasons in the league. "It is what it is," suggested Kornet.

"You just keep trying to work to get better. I've chosen in my life [that] I want to be the best player; I love playing basketball. So really, it's not even difficult because you love to play. It just keeps pulling you out there, and you want to keep going, and you want to keep playing and getting better."

"There's going to be transitions and hard moments, and you know it's all part of it, but just being able to play the game honestly is a joy itself," he explained. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=48397,48392,48374,48357] [listicle id=48395]

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