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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.
“Playing in the NBA was always a life-long goal and I’m proud that I was able to represent Macedonia and be the first, of hopefully many, from my great country to play in the NBA,” Antic said. “It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Atlanta Hawks for many reasons. My teammates and I were able to accomplish some great things on the court during the past two seasons and we formed a close brotherhood off the court. They will forever be my friends. “Anyone who knows me knows how important family is to me and being closer to my family was the deciding factor. I would like to thank Coach Bud, the entire coaching staff, the trainers, equipment managers and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for how they welcomed me to the franchise. Most importantly, I want to thank the city of Atlanta and all of the fans for their support.”
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Pero Antic to sign in Turkey

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Pero Antic is a restricted free agent, however he already decided to return to Europe. The former Euroleague champion with Olympiacos has a deal in place with Fenerbahce/ Ulker which is expected to be formalized in the next days. The official announcement is the only thing missing. Antic after two seasons in the NBA returns to Europe and Fenerbahce needs many new faces in its front line, specially after losing its ancor, Nemanja Bjelica. However Antic is expected to be used mainly in the center position, replacing Luca Zoric.
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Pero Antic spend the weekend in Athens, Greece, celebrating with Olympiacos the championship title in Greece and as he said to Eurohoops, the fans support and the atmosphere in the gym can’t be compared to the NBA. As he said: “I miss very much this atmosphere. Nothing can’t be compared to this. That’s why I return when I have the chance in the summer for the finals in SEF (ed.note: Olympiacos’ gym). We will see in the future if one day I will return to Olympiacos as a player. The most important think is for the team to get the championship title and to celebrate. It’s still to early for me to talk anything about my future as a free agent”.
Antic’s versatility as a “stretch 5” is extremely unqiue, and he showed that versatility on defense as well. Opposing players shot just 23.8% from behind the three-point line with him contesting, which was 8.5% lower than normal. In other words, Antic was among the best centers in the league at contesting jump shots. MOCAP Analytics used SportVU player tracking data to rate Antic a 76 or higher in all major defensive categories, including post defense and ball screener defense. He’s also rated a 90 in screen-setting, as he used his big body to open up space for guards all season long.
Clearly frustrated, the Hawks channeled their inner Detroit Piston Bad Boys. Big man Pero Antic decided the best defense against The Chosen One was shoving him to the floor. Somehow, Reggie Miller thought it wasn’t a flagrant foul. The whole taking-out-the-best-player-in-mid-air approach only made ‘Bron more angry. James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists — just barely missing a triple-double — in the Cavaliers’ 94-82 victory.
At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said “Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’” At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction of a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club. Antic was also arrested and charged with obstructing a governmental function, disorderly conduct, and harassment. According to an NYPD spokesperson, he was initially charged with menacing “for physically grabbing a police officer,” but these charges do not appear in the criminal complaint against him. The source said that rather than grabbing the officer, Antic “tapped the officer on the shoulder.”
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A source close to Sefolosha, who did not witness the incident but has spoken to several people who did, told SI.com a divergent view of what happened from the official police account. According to the criminal complaint against Sefolosha, an officer arrested the Hawks player and teammate Pero Antic after they refused six times to comply with his request to disperse from the crime scene. According to the complaint, an officer “observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction” of another officer. But according to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, “and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.”
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The Internal Affairs bureau of the New York City Police Department has contacted counsel for Thabo Sefolosha about interviewing the Hawks forward as a complaining witness in a police incident last week, sources told ESPN.com. Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning at the corner of 10th Avenue and West 17th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The police report filed by officer Johnpaul Giacona of the 10th Precinct said that Sefolosha was interfering with the establishment of a crime scene in front of 1Oak nightclub, where Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in a separate incident.
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The National Basketball Players Association expressed concern over the New York Police Department’s arrest and handling of Atlanta Hawks guard-forward Thabo Sefolosha, who sustained a season-ending broken right fibula and ligament damage in an early morning stabbing incident outside a New York club on Wednesday. “The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic’s arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation. The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves,” the NBPA said in a statement.
“The players’ union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic’s arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation,” NBPA spokeswoman Tara Greco said. “The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves.” The police are facing new questions about their tactics during the incident, as Sefolosha suffered a season-ending broken fibula, which went untreated overnight and into Wednesday as Sefolosha languished in custody.
Q. You said the video speaks for itself. We couldn’t see what happened before. How did Thabo Sefolosha get hurt? A. For now, it’s a legal matter. I will say it’s a pure example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. People know Thabo for so many years of being in the league. Thabo is one of the greatest guys. A few of the reporters here know me. I don’t have anything (in my past) so it is just a pure example, like I said, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
A girlfriend of Copeland and another woman were also stabbed early Wednesday morning. A 22-year-old suspect was in custody. Two Atlanta Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were arrested for allegedly obstructing authorities. Their attorney expects charges to be dismissed. “I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time,” Copeland said in the statement provided by the Pacers. “I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery.”
A source said the Hawks players were not in Copeland’s party at 1Oak Club. Antic and Sefolosha were released without bail after a brief court appearance in which they were charged with obstructing governmental authority and disorderly conduct. Their attorney, Alex Spiro, said they did not commit any crime. “They should not have been arrested. We fully expect the case to be dismissed,” he said.