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November 27, 2012 Updates
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Jasmin Repesa, head coach of the Croatian national team, has kicked Nets draft choice Bojan Bogdanovic off the team for not respecting the team's curfew policy during training camp. Croatian newspapers report Bogdanovic and his "party buddy" Damir Markota (formerly of the Bucks) have been caught several times coming back late (early morning) to the team hotel after partying in the clubs in Osijek. NetsDaily

November 27, 2011 Updates
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KK Zagreb turned overseas to find a veteran playmaker and signed TJ Ford. The move comes several weeks after the club released Diante Garrett. Ford (1.83 meters, 28 years old) comes to Europe for the first time after spending seven seasons in the NBA. He averaged 11.4 points and 5.9 assists over 415 NBA games playing for Milwaukee, Toronto and Indiana. His best season from an individual perspective was 2006-07 when he averaged 14 points and was sixth in the league with 7.9 assists per game for Toronto. Euroleague.net

November 21, 2011 Updates

Marc Stein: Indiana Pacers free-agent guard T.J. Ford tells ESPN com he's headed to Croatia to join KK Zagreb. Deal has out to return when lockout ends Twitter

October 25, 2011 Updates

Official press release from KK Zagreb on Derrick Rose deal: After some media reports with inaccurate information that the BC Zagreb refused to sign Derrick Rose were published, we are obliged to respond to such misinformation. The truth is that the Basketball club Zagreb wanted to hire Derrick Rose for twenty games in the 2011/12 season, until the end of the NBA lockout. Therefore the club's sports director Hrvoje Ciketić came in contact with his agents. He began the negotiations which were brought, after months of agreeing, close to the finalization. Sportando

However, BC Zagreb could not end the negotiations and the agreement has not been reached. Before the start of the current season, BC Zagreb received bids for the involvement of 32 NBA players, but there was not a bid for Derrick Rose. The idea of ​​bringing Derrick Rose was initiated from BC Zagreb. We are disappointed that we didn’t finish the negotiations and engagement of Derrick Rose. We are very sad because some clumsy and freely translated quotes taken from interview of our club's sports director Hrvoje Ciketić (published in Vecernji list) were shamelessly transformed into a lie. Sportando

October 24, 2011 Updates

KC Johnson: DRose told the Tribune last month he had one concrete offer in Europe. Croatian team KK Zagreb is now claiming to be that team. Twitter

Hrvoje Ciketiæ, sports director of KK Zagreb, in an interview at Mondo.rs, said that the Croatian team was in talks with Derrick Rose but the deal failed because for sponsor obligations, MVP of NBA regular season 2010-11 would have missed three Euroleague games. "We were negotiating with NBA MVP Derrick Rose. We reached an economic agreement but we could not find an agreement about the games. Rose for sponsor obligations would have missed three Euroleague games. And we could not allow that" said Ciketic. Sportando

September 30, 2011 Updates
September 27, 2011 Updates

Sean May is close to signing a one-year deal with Croatian team KK Zagreb. The big man spent last season his first year overseas averaging, with Fenerbahce, 4.3ppg, 2.8rpg in Euroleague and 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg in TBL. Sportando

July 28, 2011 Updates

Croatian baskteballer Toni Kukoc has shrugged his shoulders at the allegations he has been one of the "beneficiaries" of the elite prostitution ring uncovered recently in Croatia. "I was in worse situations in life. What should I do? Return home to Split? Of course I will stay in Osijek," Kukoc told the media after his name emerged in connection with the elite prostitution ring headed by Nebojsa Perunovic Pance who was arrested last week. Croatian Times

Pance is suspected of pimping young starlets, wanna-be-models and other beautiful girls to Austrian businessmen, rich Russians, and it appears, sports stars. Croatian daily Jutarnji List wrote that one young woman was told to offer sexual services to ex-NBA player Kukoc. "I went there, I can’t remember the name of the hotel. In the hotel I had sexual relations with [Toni] Kukoc who paid me 500 Euros," she said. Croatian Times

October 25, 2010 Updates

Trent Plaisted will be back to Croatia. The local media has reported that the 23-year-old American center will play for Cedevita to replace Aaron Pettway, recently released by the Croatian team. Plaisted, recently waived by the Philadelphia 76ers, played last season for KK Zadar, where he averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in the Adriatic League. thehoopsmarket.com

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