OAKLAND — A veteran of exactly seven NBA games, Briante Weber is already fielding questions like a seasoned pro.
“I don’t believe in pressure,” the newest Golden State Warrior said after his first practice with the team on Monday, when asked about the stresses of playing on a 10-day contract.
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“At the end of the day, the game’s still the same,” Weber added. “I’m going to play the same way. The court’s the same width. The hoop’s the same height. So at the end of the day, I’m just going to continue to be myself.”
The point guard, who agreed to his short-term pact on Saturday, didn’t see the floor in the Warriors’ loss to the Sacramento Kings that night and is only under contract through next Monday.
“I’m still trying to learn to see the different culture around here,” the former Sioux Falls Skyforce standout said. “I’m just trying to pick up on little things that everyone does just to see how I can fit myself in and mold with the group.”
Before his contract expires on Feb. 13, the Warriors host Chicago on Wednesday, visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday and the Denver Nuggets on Monday.
As a result, on-court opportunities to prove his worth will be limited for the 24-year-old, who is already trying to soak up as much as he can from his new teammates.
“Oh, this team is definitely probably the loosest team I’ve been around,” Weber said. “They just enjoy the game and they enjoy each other’s success and they enjoy everyone else around them and they just have fun.there’s no tight air. Everybody’s just happy-go-lucky. They’re just having fun.”
The Warriors can sign Weber to a second 10-day contract before deciding whether to keep him on the roster for the balance of the season. For now, Weber’s enjoying the perks of NBA life.
“The setup is nice. I can’t ask for much more. I’m coming from D-League. Anything’s going to be an upgrade from there,” Weber said with laugh. “So, I’m just happy to be here.”