Philadephia 76ers forward Jerami Grant: I miss ‘everything’ about Syracuse

NEW YORK — Former Syracuse star Jerami Grant was in Brooklyn recently as his current team, the Philadelphia 76ers, were taking on the Brooklyn Nets. We caught up with him for exclusive interview:

The Juice Online: So how’s everything going so far?

Jerami Grant: It’s going good right now. I’m injured, so I’m just trying to get back.

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Grant said to get ready for a good season

TJO: What’s the biggest difference you’re seeing at the NBA level?

JG: Definitely the speed of the game. The pace is a lot quicker in the NBA. I just want to get out there.

TJO: Any other differences?

JG: It’s a lot more time. You have a lot more time on your hands. It works to your advantage, but it’s our job now.

TJO: Playing with all of these great athletes, you have to see yourself improving a lot.

JG: I see myself getting a lot better. I have a lot of potential, and I want to be able to fulfill that.

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TJO: What do you miss most about Syracuse?

JG: Everything, really. The fans were great. When we were back there, they were cheering just as loud as when we were there, so definitely the fans, and [seated next to him] Michael Carter-Williams [laughs].

TJO: Speaking of that guy next to you, the transition has to have been easier with him as a teammate.

JG: Definitely. It’s easier having him in the transition. It’s definitely easier.

TJO: What do you think about this year’s team? You have Tyler Roberson and Chris McCullough to step into your role.

JG: I think they should have a pretty good season. They’re (Roberson and McCullough) kind of new to it, but they’ve done a good job of working out. I’ve talked to a couple of people up there, so I’m excited to watch them play. I definitely think it should be a good season.

TJO: Well how about the guy on the other side of you (former Duke player Elliot Williams)? Do you think you’ll get up to the Dome for the Duke/Syracuse game this year?

JG: If we don’t have a game or anything, I’m going to try to get up there and see them. But we’ll probably have something, practice, or something, so I probably won’t get to the Duke game, but Mike and I are going to sit down and watch it together.

TJO: What happens if Syracuse wins that game?

JG: He’s (Williams) going to do some pushups if he loses.

TJO: If you had to tell Orange Nation anything right now, what would it be?

JG: I’d say, just get ready for a good season, and I miss you guys.

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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