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Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
Position: G-F
Born: 04/18/89
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:216 lbs. / 98 kg.
Salary: $3,425,510
In a letter obtained by The Post, King and Yormark wrote they visited owner Mikhail Prokhorov two weeks ago in Moscow to “discuss the state of the team.’’ King and Yormark stated the Nets have plans to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young “to keep our core leadership together.” They stated they wanted to “build on our emerging young core,” mentioning Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev. They mentioned their two draft picks — Nos. 29 and 41 — and a desire in “purchasing’’ another pick.
He spoke to HRT, the Croatian television network, after being named to the All-Rookie team last week. The 6’8″ swingman admitted that the NBA surprised him … and that he held off joining the Nets because he didn’t like the NBA game. “Honestly, before arriving I was not a big fan of the NBA, that’s why I had decided to stay in Europe, in Fenerbahce,” he told HRT. “But when I arrived, I saw that it was really another world, a world unto itself, everything is arranged differently. I can say that I have now become a fan of the NBA.”

Nets not willing to trade Bojan Bogdanovic

Not to worry, Bogie, you’re sticking around. His fears are unfounded said a league source familiar with the Nets off-season thinking. “He is not going anywhere,” the source told NetsDaily. Although Bogdanovic has not been mentioned as a trade piece, the Nets may very well have to give up something of value in packages that would send players like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack elsewhere.
In an extensive interview with Jutarnji List, a Croatian newspaper, Bojan Bogdanovic says he’s happy with the Nets, loves New York and hopes that he won’t be included in any trade packages with “stars” that the Nets might make. “I don’t know what team management is planning, but I know trades are normal thing and that in packages the stars go more players,” said the Nets rookie. “I feel great in Brooklyn and hope I won’t be traded anywhere.”
On Saturday, Bogdanovic shot 7-of-13, scored 19 points — the most by a rookie in the playoffs to that point this postseason — and the Nets came out of the game having closed the gap to 2-1 in the series. Again, Bogdanovic was not the sole reason the Nets won, 91-83, in Game 3 at Barclays Center. But he was a big reason. “He was huge. Bogey is a great catch-and-shoot guy. If he gets his feet set, probably nine times out of 10, it’s going in,” Joe Johnson said. “Especially in the first quarter, he got it going.”
But after Bogdanovic started the first 19 games, his playing time has gradually been reduced over the last few weeks, with coach Lionel Hollins demoting him from the starting five in favor of Sergey Karasev. It got to the point Bogdanovic received the first DNP-coach’s decision of his career in Friday’s 100-98 win over the Magic. “It’s not about what [Bogdanovic has] done, it’s about what he’s not done,” Hollins said before the game. “You’ve got to play and compete and go out and play well. Karasev has shown me a lot in practice. We were struggling, I gave him a shot and he played well. … I put him in the starting lineup and he’s played well. “It’s also a product of [Bogdanovic] just hitting the wall and not being aggressive.”
His lack of energy and intensity has been criticized by the American media and coach Hollins has decided to change the rotations, sending to the bench guys like Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. In an interview with Igor Marinovic, Bogdanovic has expressed his disappointment with his playing time and starting from the bench: “I didn’t talk with Hollins about his decision. He took a decision and that’s it. For me it’s a little bit strange not playing and entering in the game when the result it’s already decided. Right now I have to focus and trying to get back the minutes that I had at the beginning of the season.”
This season the 25-year-old rookie from Croatia is shooting 54.7 percent overall and 44.1 percent from 3-point range in Brooklyn, and just 26.4 percent overall and 19.2 percent from beyond the arc away from home. Bogdavoic and the Nets will hope a return home this week will turn his game around beginning Sunday at the Barclays Center. “Sounds like a rookie,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “Sounds like a rookie. He’s more comfortable playing in Brooklyn, more comfortable playing in front of the home crowd, and when you go on the road it’s new. Every arena he walks into his new, and it’s just part of the growing process. He’ll get better.”
The rookie shot just 35 percent from the floor and 22.7 percent from 3-point range this preseason. But after waiting three years to get him into the NBA, the Nets are giving him every opportunity to succeed and coach Lionel Hollins fully understands how tough an adjustment Bogdanovic is being asked to make. “When you’re just coming to a foreign country and learning a different culture — I know he speaks English, but it’s still a different culture — and it’s tougher, city life in New York, the NBA versus Europe, the rules are different, it’s an adjustment and he’s gotten more comfortable as we’ve gone along,” Hollins said. “He’s progressing. It’s still a process, but I like what he’s done and I’m sure he’ll be a better shooter as we go along. He’s been a good shooter in Europe. But he’s a really good basketball player. I just want him to go out and be aggressive and make whatever play is there to make.”
In his first interview after returning from the U.S., Bojan Bogdanovic said he believes the Nets want him to be a rotation player this season … and that he is ready for the challenge. He also said he was overwhelmed when he saw Drazen Petrovic’s jersey hanging at the Nets practice facility last week. “Well, I think it’s a bit silly to talk about me as a replacement for (Paul) Pierce,” the newest Net told Dnevnik NovaTV. “But I think they brought me to be a player in the rotation immediately, to immediately help and I think I’m ready for it.”
Making the transition from Europe to the NBA has proven to be a difficult adjustment for some players. Bojan Bogdanovic fully understands that. Still, the rookie forward feels like he can come in and contribute right away for the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15. “It’s not gonna be easy,” Bogdanovic told reporters Monday during his introductory news conference at the team’s practice facility. “I have to make some adjustments — especially because there’s a lot of games, a lot more than in Europe. But I am ready, and I think I can help the team immediately.