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Vladimer Boisa: "I won't be disappointed if I stay in Europe"
by Jorge Sierra / February 16, 2003

How did you start playing basketball in Georgia?

Vladimer Boisa: When I was a child, I was playing basketball every day in the front yard with other children. So one day, when I was 11 years old, my mother decided to take me to a real basketball practice -- and that's how I started to play.

Vladimir Stepania and Nikoloz Tskitishvili also played in Slovenia before leaving for the NBA. Why so many Georgian players end up playing there?

VB: I don' know exactly, but my guess is that when they saw Stepania and how good he was, they started to watch other players from Georgia.

How's the basketball situation there?

VB: Our basketball is improving every year, but we still need more good coaches.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili wanted his family with him in Denver because he was afraid they might be kidnapped. Is the situation outside basketball that bad in the country?

VB: The situation is still not good, but it's getting better. But for now, it's still not very safe there

Are you friends with any of the Georgian players in the NBA? Do you stay in touch with them?

VB: Yes, I have one good friend there: Nikoloz Tskitishvili. We talk once a week.

What does he tell you about the league?

VB: I think we all agree that it's the best league in the world. That's why all players want to play there. But I heard that you have to be more physically prepared and concentrated, because there are more games than in Europe.

What goals do you set yourself in your career? Is the NBA a goal for you or would you be content playing in Europe?

VB: My wish is to play in the NBA. But I won't be disappointed if I stay in Europe because one of my bigger goals is also to play for one big club here in Europe.

How much of a disappointment would be for you not to be selected in this year's draft?

VB: I don' t want to think about that now, because I still have very important games in Euroleague and now I'm thinking just about these games and after that we'll see what happens.

Do you plan on working out for NBA teams before draft day like Jiri Welsch [former teammate of Vladimer in Olimpija Ljubljana] did last year?

VB: I don't know yet, but I'll do what me and my manager think is the best for me.

What do you think are the main strengths you could bring to the NBA?

VB: I always give my best at games and practices. I work very hard. I think my defense is very good and, most of all, I'm a team player.

And your main weaknesses?

VB: Physically I'm not that strong. I need to gain some weight.

This is one question we always ask to all NBA prospects... Which NBA player do you think you resemble the most?

VB: I don't want to compare myself to anyone, I'll let others decide.

Finally, sell yourself in a few words.

VB: I'll just let others estimate and than we'll see what happens.

Jorge Sierra is the editor of HoopsHype.com

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