Creek leaves lasting impression in brief Nets stint
by Bryan Fonseca
Feb 13, 2019 | 5229 views | 0 0 comments | 420 420 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although he had previous summertime stints with the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks, Australian born Mitch Creek hadn’t fully bought into the idea of competing on the NBA level until he was officially offered his first 10-day contract – which he thought was a joke – on January 25.

On Thursday, he was waived after the Nets acquired Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick at the trade deadline for the Toronto Raptors. Creek was moved to open a roster spot for Monroe, who was also subsequently waived.

“It was never guaranteed here,” said the humble Australian-born baller. “You go to Long Island, you work your butt off, and you just see what happens. You take a half-million dollar pay cut to make $35,000 for a chance.

“And that’s all it was,” he continued, “just a chance to say at the end of my life I did everything I could to be successful and reach my goals.’”

Creek has since returned to the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s G League affiliate, which is where he had been spending the season prior to a pair of 10-day deals.

Creek logged 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes in a morning loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at Barclays Center.

About six hours after the game concluded, Brooklyn took the floor to host MVP frontrunner

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, where Creek had his best NBA showing: eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 15 minutes.

In-between games, he helped prepare Caris LeVert to return – after three months since breaking his leg – in a full-contact practice, similar to how he readied Oklahoma City guard Terrance Ferguson back in Australia.

Although Creek was waived, he turned heads in just 13 days.

"He adds culture to our locker room,” coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters on Monday prior to facing Milwaukee. “He adds toughness and smarts. I have no qualms about putting him in there.”

Long Island head coach Will Weaver, who Creek credits with him coming to the Brooklyn organization, also coached the 26-year-old guard with the Australian Boomers in International play.

“I respect his acumen, diligence and toughness,” he said of Creek in December. “I rely on him heavily to get this team where we want it to go. Of the things that are the most appreciated about Mitch, his relentless process-oriented approach is great.”

During his time in the States, Creek’s main focus has been to find comfort in uncomfortable situations. The advice was given to him by Evans.

“It’s hard to put yourself in a position where you might intrude or you might step on toes,” Creek said. “You have to enjoy the fact that being comfortable in uncomfortable situations is a part of life.

“If you fail, then you learn,” he said. “If you don’t, then you succeed.”
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