Pooh Jeter Rumors

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We witnessed the developments in Ukraine with Fratello and Volkov’s departure in the foreground. The first question that comes to mind is whether he will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket with the national team of Ukraine. Pooh Jeter: “I’m not going to play with the national team this summer. One reason is that Fratello and Volkov are not on the team. The last two summers were great. It was a great chance for me to help a team that hadn’t achieved something major to play well in a Eurobasket and qualify to a World Cup. I have a history with the team since 2008 and I’ve been through a lot with all the guys there. I remember that most people had predicted that we would be last in the rankings.
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What does the future hold for you? Is your priority to stay in Europe or to return to China? Pooh Jeter: “I will sit and look at my options with my agent B.J. Armstrong when the season is over. It’s a very possible scenario that I sign with Shandong and return to China. It will be my 4th season there. I started my professional career in Europe, the last few summers I played against the best point guards in the world and I showed what I’m capable of. I was opposite players like Irving, Derrick Rose, Goran Dragic, all the top Spanish guards and all the top European players in general.
After finishing his successful tour of duty in China, Pooh Jeter is ready to return to Europe with a deal until the end of the season. The American guard has a lot of European offers on the table, but according to Eurohoops sources his most advanced discussions are with Limoges in France. If Jeter were to finalize the deal, it would clearly be one of the bigger name, end-of-season signings in Europe this year, and a major boost to the title hopes of one of the most respected teams in the French League.
Pooh Jeter has no intention to leave his team Shandong Flaming Bulls. There were speculations about his possible signing with the Lakers because of a workout with other players in L.A., but the Ukrainian point guard told Beijing Time he’s loyal and will come back to China. Pooh Jeter: “I was a native of Los Angeles who grew as Lakers’ fan and so I’m very honored to receive their invitation, I will train in L.A. for two weeks, but I’ll play in Shandong also becuase I have a contract with them”.
Were you aware about this situation, about this divide in Ukraine between the Russian-speaking people and the rest of the country? Pooh Jeter: I had no clue until I saw it on the news and read about it. Then I was asking people what’s going on and then they told me. With individuals like Sasha Volvov and the other people at the Ukraine Basketball Federation, I know everything will work out [basketball-wise]. I just hope nobody dies anymore because of this situation. I’ve been in touch with coach Mike Fratello and my teammates and they keep me updated. Also my friends in Kiev. I care because I’m part of them now. It’s not like I took advantage of an opportunity and then I leave it alone… I have friendships with this people and I speak with them all the time. Once you join a team, you gotta ride with your team.
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Are you following the events in Ukraine? Pooh Jeter: Oh yeah. My teammates and coaches with Ukraine, we all talk about it. I just pray for them. I just hope they continue to be safe. I hope they come to an agreement. It’s crazy how things work. Since I have a citizenship and I’m part of the Ukraine situation, I’ve got to fight with them. You know, I have to support them and make sure all my brothers and everybody that I know in Kiev is safe. I played there my first year in Europe so I have a strong connection with everybody in the city. Hopefully everything is better by the time we start training camp. I don’t know if we will have training camp there. We will play the World Championship for the first time, the following year we will host the Eurobasket… I just hope for a peaceful resolution.
How was that phone call when you were told Ukraine wanted you? PJ: My agent Andre Buck told me ‘Yo, this is getting serious, man’. I really thought about it and all my friends told me I should do it. You are going out there, you’re going to play basketball, even though you are away from home… Get that experience, playing for coach Fratello. Go for it. Everybody was pushing me to do it: Baron Davis, Bobby Brown, Brandon Heath, Trevor Ariza...
Does it feel a little weird to be wearing this jersey? Pooh Jeter: No, because I never really got the chance to represent the U.S. When I received these colors I treated it the same way I treat playing for any other team: go out there, play hard and make sure I do my job. I’m thankful, it’s an honor. But I guess it’s a little different for you… For your Ukrainian-born teammates, it’s national pride at stake. PJ: They are probably used to seeing this. It’s been going on for a while: JR Holden representing Russia, Bo McCalebb (Macedonia), Dontaye Draper (Croatia), Zack Wright (Bosnia-Herzegovina)… It’s so many American point guards taking these spots… If I was a rookie coming out of school, it would probably be weird but I’m such a veteran in Europe and in this basketball world so we just treat it as just ‘Me coming to their team’.
Roth said via telephone Tuesday night he was unaware of any such meeting.] But Smiley said he hopes the game will happen Oct. 1. Smiley said the proposed game would feature mostly high school, college and pro players who are L.A. natives. Although he doesn’t have a confirmed list, Smiley sounded confident that Drew League regulars such as Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City’s James Harden, Sacramento’s Pooh Jeter, the Clippers’ Craig Smith, Washington’s JaVale McGee and Nick Young, and Golden State’s Dorell Wright would make up part of the roster.