NBA

Nets' Kris Humphries quiet on upcoming free agency

Share This Story

   
 

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP)

With the NBA on the eve of a potential lockout, New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries didn't want to talk about his upcoming free agency.

Reality television. Fiancee Kim Kardashian. A change of agents. They also were out of bounds for the NBA's fifth-leading rebounder this past season.

What Humphries wanted to talk about was his 45-minute visit with young patients Wednesday at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at the Hackensack University Medical Center.

''I think one thing that everyone has to know is that no one is beyond hospitals and that everyone is somehow connected to someone who is struggling,'' Humphries said. ''I have had family members deal with cancer and all sorts of diseases and different things. So it's something you have to know. It could very well be your kid in there someday.''

Humphries smiled thinking about two unidentified children he met on his walk down the corridor of a pediatric unit.

''There was one kid up there who's talking about when we score a lot of baskets and get on fire,'' he smile with a slight laugh. ''It was exciting to hear that, so hopefully, he can come witness the Nets get on fire.''

The other child was a little girl.

''I told her to tweet me,'' Humphries said. ''I told her I was going to re-tweet her and wish her well on Twitter. Hopefully, she'll do that. I had a lot of fun.''

Humphries seemingly wanted nothing to do with sports during his five minutes with the media.

''I know you guys have a bunch of questions, but mostly I want to center it around my experience here and knowing that life isn't all just about sports and free agency and stuff like that,'' he said. ''It's a lot about giving back. A lot of people are in need, so try to focus on that today.''

Humphries, who is a Nets player representative, provided no information about the negotiating session he attended last week in New York with the owners.

''We have the lockout to deal with,'' he said. ''Who knows if that's going to go into effect or not? I was a part of the meetings and, so, we'll have to see what happens with that before free agency. I think that that has to be taken care of, so there's not a whole lot to say about free agency, because you know, there's the first step first.''

Humphries greatly enhanced his value with an outstanding season. Prior to the season, most expected him to be the backup to Derrick Favors, the No. 3 pick in the draft who was eventually traded in the deal for Deron Williams.

But Humphries, who earned $3.2 million in his walk year, averaged 10 points and 10.4 rebounds in 74 games, including 44 starts.

During the course of the year, he repeated several times that he wanted to return to the Nets. However, he would not address the topic Wednesday.

His new agent, Marc Cornstein, did not return a call from The Associated Press, seeking comment.

''We have to take care of the lockout first, and from there, my agent's going to handle the process and lay everything out,'' Humphries said. ''So it's kind of real (and) it's a little bit difficult to think about right now. I'm still kind of in a different mode, in terms of being here for the kids. And that's really my focus.

''I don't want to take away from that.''

Humphries was not asked about his recent engagement. And the closest he came to talking about Kardashian was when he said the children definitely identified him as a basketball player and not a reality TV actor.

''I'm tall,'' the 6-foot-9, 26-year-old forward said. ''We're in Jersey. The kids love basketball and the Nets. One kid was talking about he goes to hockey games (Devils) and he goes to basketball games at the same place. So he's in touch with what is going on.''

Tagged: Nets, Kris Humphries

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


NBA Videos

NBA considering mid-season Vegas tournament? Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Adam Silver confirms the NBA has engaged in early conversations about the possib...

LeBron and Blatt 'will work together beautifully' Posted: Jul 14, 2014
Cavaliers head coach David Blatt on LeBron James' decision to return to Clevelan...

LeBron's back and so are the Cavs Posted: Jul 11, 2014
FOX Sports 1's Gary Payton weighs-in on LeBron's decision to return to Cleveland...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    adidas Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers Revolution 30 Performance Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Clippers/browse/featuredproduct/491845/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_491000/ff_491845_xl.jpg&w=100 59.95 adidas Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers Revolution 30 Performance Jersey - Red
    adidas LeBron James Miami Heat Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey-Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Heat/browse/featuredproduct/498609/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_498000/ff_498609_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas LeBron James Miami Heat Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey-Black
    adidas Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Knicks/browse/featuredproduct/620470/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_620000/ff_620470_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 adidas Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks Revolution 30 Swingman Performance Jersey..
    Mitchell & Ness San Antonio Spurs Black Solid Script Snapback Adjustable Hat http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Antonio_Spurs/browse/featuredproduct/692239/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_692000/ff_692239_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Mitchell & Ness San Antonio Spurs Black Solid Script Snapback Adjustable Hat
    Majestic Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Logo Man T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Lakers/browse/featuredproduct/851828/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_851000/ff_851828_xl.jpg&w=100 23.95 Majestic Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Logo Man T-Shirt - Black
    Majestic Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Logo Man T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_City_Thunder/browse/featuredproduct/851842/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_851000/ff_851842_xl.jpg&w=100 23.95 Majestic Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Logo Man T-Shirt - White
    adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Heat/browse/featuredproduct/890174/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_890000/ff_890174_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 adidas Miami Heat 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Wh..
    adidas Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Western Conference Champions Locker Room Flex Hat - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_City_Thunder/browse/featuredproduct/890384/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_890000/ff_890384_xl.jpg&w=100 19.99 adidas Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Western Conference Champions Locker Room F..