Sean Kilpatrick was used to dressing in the home locker room at Barclays Center. Now he was sitting in the visitors’ locker room for the first time since the Nets let him go.
“Yeah, very weird,” the 28-year-old shooting guard from Westchester said before the Bucks’ 109-94 win over the Nets on Sunday. “This place had my heart for the past three years of my life . . . It’s pretty nice and pretty exciting to see all the people that I know here.”
Especially the players. Kilpatrick is still trying to get acclimated to his new team after signing Dec. 18, but he has remained in close contact with DeMarre Carroll, D’Angelo Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert and Quincy Acy from his old team.
Said Kilpatrick: “Even when these guys came to Milwaukee [Jan. 26], I was still hanging out in their rooms, hanging out with DeMarre, hanging out with D’Angelo, Rondae, Caris, Quincy . . . They still look at me as a brother. That’s something that’s really important to me.”
The Nets reduced his role after making their offseason additions and ultimately waived him Dec. 7, the day they acquired shooting guard Nik Stauskas and Jahlil Okafor from Philadelphia.
“Anybody would be disappointed,” said Kilpatrick, who averaged 12.1 points in 109 games for the Nets. “I put my heart and soul into this organization. The way how everyone is, the coaches down to the players are really stand-up people. I formed brotherhoods with these people.”
Kilpatrick has averaged only 7.3 minutes and 3.5 points in 15 games with the Bucks. He played 8:27 against the Nets and did what he does best, hitting a 21-foot jumper and a three-pointer in the second quarter.
“The thing everybody knows,” Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said, “is he’s capable of making shots, scoring the basketball, the look to the three.”