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Quote of the Day: Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington explains guarding ‘mammoth’ Nene

Indiana Pacers Media Day 2014

Indiana Pacers Media Day 2014

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Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington – 6-foot-11, 250-pound forward – might have NBA size. But when he made his career debut Saturday against the Wizards, it didn’t feel like it.

Whittington, via David Drew of MLive (hat tip: Jared Wade of 8 Points, 9 Seconds):

“When I got in the game and I was guarding Nene,” Whittington explained of guarding Washington’s 6-foot-11, 250-pound 12-year veteran center.” I’m just like, ‘Oh (expletive). I’m not used to people being the size of a mammoth.’ Nene is one of the biggest people I’ve been around. Strength-wise, he was as strong as an ox. That was a holy crap moment.

“I thought I did a lot of good things, though. I know for a fact defensively I was lost of the first three or four possessions. It happened really quick. The first two possessions they went right at me and scored a couple times and after that I kind of calmed down and I got the feel of the game.”