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Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Position: G
Born: 08/18/92
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:204 lbs. / 92.5 kg.
Salary: $9,470,614
“Dunk Contest!” exclaimed Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Sacramento Kings guard — a comparative elder statesman at 25, who starred in the EuroLeague for several years before coming to the U.S. this season — beamed and laughed as he recalled what it was like to marvel at his new teammate’s handiwork in his native Belgrade. “I remember we had Sony Ericsson phones. They were only able to play the videos on them,” Bogdanovic said. “One of our friends had the short clip of a couple of dunks of his, so we just watch them over and over. It was most popular at that time.”
Bogdan Bogdanovic was 10 years old and living in Belgrade, Serbia, and life was coming at him fast. He was torn between committing to soccer, the sport he refers to as “the real football,” or basketball, the beautiful game that led Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic across oceans, around the world, ultimately into the arms of the increasingly global NBA. Sixteen years later, the Kings rookie known as “Bogi” remembers where he was, what he was doing, what he was thinking, when lightning struck. “I was watching the final game of the World Championships in Indianapolis (in 2002),” Bogdanovic recalled, “and when we won that gold medal with Vlade and Peja, I said, ‘I decide. Let’s go basketball.’ That was an amazing moment for my country.”
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard attributes his versatile skill set to his demanding coaches, among them Obradovic, Pesic, Djordjevic and Vujosevic. They helped usher him from the cadet ranks to the national team and to professional stints in Belgrade and Istanbul (Fenerbahce), and now to the NBA. “Here in U.S., I get it,” Bogdan Bogdanovic said. “They (NBA coaches) work on individual stuff, how to create your own shot, things like that. In Serbia, it’s just passing, how to set screens, how to roll. We don’t (distinguish between) big guys and small guys. We work on everything because you never know who will grow, who will stay small. Once you turn 18, it’s twice a day. Drill, drill, drill. Sometimes we will go an entire day just passing the ball, not shooting even once. That’s why we have good players.”