Cristiano Felicio Rumors

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Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
Position: F
Born: 07/07/92
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $874,636
“He was the one of our new young guys who hasn’t had any playoff experience (who) I wasn’t worried about,” Hoiberg said about Portis. “He’s going to go out there and play with unbelievable confidence. He’s going to play with swagger.” There were big shots all game from Portis, a three early in the second quarter to give the Bulls a five-point lead; earlier handling the ball on the break for an assist to Cristiano Felicio. Key jumpers in the third quarter after Boston regained the lead and then a tip-in on a Wade miss in the fourth before a three and a huge 18 footer with 1:18 left that gave the Bulls a nine-point lead, and thus just enough to hold off the desperate Celtics.
So, what’s the ceiling for the 24-year-old Brazilian? I asked Fred Hoiberg after practice on Wednesday. “I think the sky’s the limit for Cris. He’s a guy that, just the way he moves his feet for a guy that size, allows us to change our ball-screen coverages,” Hoiberg said. “He’s getting more comfortable on the offensive end, I think he’s built nice chemistry with Dwyane and Rajon in that second group, picking and choosing his times to roll to the rim and also finding guys on the perimeter. He’s also built a nice chemistry with Doug (McDermott) as well, trying to find him with screens coming down in transition. The big thing is, you can see he’s getting more comfortable every time he’s out there. He’s a big part of this team.”
Basketball was an afterthought at first, but he grew to love the sport. He didn’t have cable at home, but he was able to catch the occasional NBA game at friends’ houses. He was particularly drawn to Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic teams of the late 2000s and the renewed Lakers-Celtics rivalry. “I was into handball,” he says. “Basketball for me was a second sport. But I started learning about the game and right away I stopped playing handball because basketball took over.”