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Pero Antic
Pero Antic
Position: C
Born: 07/29/82
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:260 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
A former teammate of a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub said his friend was giving money to a homeless man when he was taken to the ground by police officers. Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic testified Wednesday in the Manhattan trial of Thabo Sefolosha. Antic said he also was taken to the ground and handcuffed after he touched an officer on the shoulder and asked why his friend was being arrested.
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Q: What are your reflections about your time with the Hawks and your two years in the NBA? Pero Antic: Expect the unexpected! I would not talk about the results that we made, but more important than that are the people around and within the team. Everything starts with COACH BUD. He taught me so much about life, family, basketball and so many other things. I would miss him a lot. I’m so happy that I met a person like him in my life, that has accomplish so much in life and still he is down to earth. My teammates and the other coaching stuff that made it all easier for me – from my El Capitano Al Horford to the old man my mentor Elton Brand and Dominique Wilkins. People are great. The city is beautiful and the whole HAWKS organization was my family. We all built something great. Maybe the best chemistry in the league I wish them a lot of health and more happiness for the HAWKS and the city of ATLANTA. TRU TO ATLANTA.
Q: I’m curious about Pero Antic because when I asked him before the end of the season if he wanted to come back, he said ‘From your lips to God’s ears.’ And then, pretty quickly after the season, he chose to return to Europe. What happened there and I wonder if the New York incident had anything to do with his decision? Mike Budenholzer: No, I think he genuinely wanted to be back and we genuinely wanted him back. The European market moves at a different time and a different pace. There was an opportunity, really two-fold, to be closer to home and family. There was some discussions of his wife and kids coming here if he came back. For his family, to be closer to Macedonia and play in Turkey. And then financially, I think was something he thought was a very good situation and something he could not pass up. It was a happy-sad phone call. We were telling each other how great it’s been. I genuinely love him. He is a special person. How things all worked out was a wild 72 hours. I don’t think New York had anything to do with it. It was just family and money at the end of the day. Both of them lined up and he made a tough decision.
Did what happened in New York have anything to do with your decision to leave the NBA and return to Europe? Pero Antic: Not even 0000000.1 %. You know me better than the other people from the media and you know how much I loved and enjoyed my time in Atlanta. The biggest reason is that I want to be closer to my family and spend more time with them. When we found out that my wife is pregnant with our third child the decision was to stay in Europe (it’s a boy). Believe me it was hard to do it.
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Pero Antic: We were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the NBA nights out are not forbidden. Thabo was out of the car to give a beggar $20 and suddenly the police began to brutally push him. I went out to see what was going on as he weighs just 20 pounds. It was the pure racism that rules America. Thabo is a black man and all the officers were white. I did not want to leave him alone and they arrested me. We never got an explanation for their behavior. Police there is killing people and nothing happens.