Vinny Del Negro on Nuggets' radar

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August 30, 2016 | 6:03 am EDT Update
He still can’t imagine telling his younger self about the moment two months ago when Los Angeles made him the 32nd pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. “‘No way. What are you talking about?’ That’s what I’d say,” Zubac said. “It was always my dream to play in the NBA, especially for the Lakers because they’re the greatest franchise ever. I always was a fan of the Lakers. “It was even hard to imagine I was going to play in the NBA, because so many guys playing in Europe are not even getting to the Euroleague and everything. But everybody wants to play in the NBA. So when draft night came, it was a dream come true.”
Bernie Bickerstaff was the coach of the Nuggets at the time and went on SiriusXM NBA Radio Monday to talk about those days. His first reaction was that of virtually every coach who has heard or talked about Kaepernick. “Distractions,” Bickerstaff said. “It caused a lot of distractions, and you know at that point the number of media members was not quite as resounding as it is today. But still, it was a distraction.” Bickerstaff said he was blindsided byAbdul-Rauf’s decision, and he said they scrambled to deal with the fallout. He said he and the brain trust of the team eventually had a meeting with the guard and told him if he wanted to be on the team he had to stand for the anthem.
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