HoopsHype Andrei Kirilenko rumors

October 5, 2014 Updates

To Kirilenko’s amazement and amusement, this is the second time in two seasons that he will play alongside the son of a former teammate. Last season, Kirilenko noticed that one of the Nets’ young players, Toko Shengelia, shared a last name with a center, Kakha Shengelia, whom he had played with in the mid-1990s at Spartak St. Petersburg, his first professional team. “I said, ‘Toko, do you have an older brother?’ ” Kirilenko said. “He said no. So I’m like, ‘What about Kakha?’ And he’s like, ‘That’s my dad.’ ” Kirilenko, who cut most of his signature long hair on Friday, laughed and muttered an expletive under his breath. “That’s why I cut my hair,” he said. “I need to feel young.” New York Times

September 28, 2014 Updates

It’s a new year but the same problem for Andrei Kirilenko. The versatile Nets forward, after missing most of the preseason and 25 of the first 29 games last season with back spasms, sat out Sunday morning’s practice — the team’s second of the season — because of a tight lower back. Kirilenko called the back spasms a year ago “the worst of his career,” and they basically prevented him from being part of the team for the first two months of the regular season. He never seemed to get back on track afterward. New York Post

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Stefan Bondy: Kirilenko also doesn't know who robbed his house. He's upset about the vanished memorabilia and surprised it happened in Utah Twitter @nydninternets

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Former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko's Salt Lake home was burglarized over the weekend, something that surprised his wife who calls the city the "safest place on Earth." Kirilenko, who played for the Jazz for 10 years and lived in Salt Lake City with his wife, Masha Lopatova, now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. They both now spend the majority of their time in New York, though they still frequently return to Utah to visit and maintain a home here. They want to return to Salt Lake City full time when Kirilenko retires. Deseret News

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Stanislav Gridassov, editor-in-chief of PROsport magazine and co-founder of Moscow-Saratov Charity Foundation asked Kirilenko about whether he fulfilled the promise he made in 2011 to donate his salary to charity. Gridassov: "When you came back from NBA to CSKA Moscow for one season, you announced that you would give all of the contract money to charity. Who received that money?" Kirilenko: "Most of it went into Moscow orphanage number 59 – we repaired it, and built a basketball court there. Also, we have bought gear for teams participating in School Basket. We have repaired gyms in many schools." NetsDaily

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As he has previously, Kirilenko seemed to diss Kidd, at one point suggesting he may not have wanted to deal with the pressure of coaching in New York, "So the pressure is huge. And Kidd couldn’t handle it. Or maybe didn’t want to." He called the team's second round exit a "lack of success." (Kirilenko's wife, Masha, publicly criticized Kidd for not playing the veteran in the playoffs.) NetsDaily

The criticism got harsher, more so than in previous interviews. "Basically he was not able to do much of anything, if you look at the big picture – we have to admit that fact," says Kirilenko, throwing his arms open. "There were objective reasons. Our starting center, Brook Lopez, injured himself early and was out for the whole season. There were health problems with other players. But the serious goals set before the club were not cancelled. We were serious about fighting for the title." "When Kidd became head of the team, no one really knew what to expect," he added. "Of course he had colossal experience as a player but no coaching experience. Or reputation. At the beginning it was difficult. What else could it be when you’re losing more games than you’re winning? Things were a bit easier for me as I was injured at the time and couldn’t be on the court and do anything about it, no matter how much I wanted to. So, inside, I was calm." NetsDaily

As for Holllins, AK-47 likes the idea of having a veteran coach. "No one knows how we’ll play under Lionel. Maybe better. Maybe worse. But one thing is for sure: Hollins, unlike Kidd, has huge experience as a coach. And he has an excellent understanding of what to do and how to develop the team’s playing." NetsDaily

In a wide-ranging interview with SovSport, the Russian sports tabloid, Andrei Kirilenko said everyone on the Nets remains focused on a championship for Brooklyn, is happy for Sergey Karasev who he expects will get playing time under Lionel Hollins and offers some indirect but telling criticism of Jason Kidd whose decision to leave Brooklyn for Milwaukee he called "an unequal exchange." "We intend to seriously compete for the title," said Kirilenko at point in the interview, later adding that Brooklyn, ownership is all about winning a championship. NetsDaily

Andrei Kirilenko said that Ettore Messina leaving CSKA Moscow was the right decision for the Russian club. The Nets forward had a long interview with Sovsport. “I think that it was the right decision. A coach cannot do as Messina did during the most important game of the season saying “I am not able to coach the team, I am leaving”. You are not a player and ask for a substitution is something goes wrong. You are the mentor and you have to motivate the team. Sportando

July 11, 2014 Updates

You have renewed your contract with Brooklyn. Why did you make this decision, even though you had player option for the next season? Andrei Kirilenko: When I was just signing the contract originally, I planned that I would stay in New York for a couple years. Me and my wife always wanted to live for some time in this city. We have seen a lot of different places, different parts of America, different people – in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Minnesota. But we have never managed to feel the real spirit of this special city. We wanted to dive into this atmosphere. And then many factors came into play, making it possible for it to become reality. Rush'n Hoops

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