HoopsHype Kyrylo Fesenko rumors


May 16, 2012 Updates

Chris Tomasson: Two years ago, Kyrylo Fesenko said he could have been a Chernobyl baby. Fesenko, whose birthplace and hometown is Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, told me that's a 5-hour drive from where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred 4/26/86. Since Fesenko was born 12/24/86, he told me glad the wind wasn't blowing then from Chernobyl when he was still his mother's womb. "I'd have like three hands and four feet,'' he said at time. When I first saw Fesenko in this series, he said, "I'm hiding my extra arms.'' Sulia

May 5, 2012 Updates

Fesenko, Pacers forward Danny Granger and other players on the team were leaving Club 23 in Downtown Orlando at around 2:45 a.m. Thursday when they got into an argument with a group of people outside the bar. Orlando police riding bicycles moved in to make sure the incident didn't escalate to a fight and the Pacers walked away from the pack. Cell- phone video of the incident was posted on TMZ.com. "I was approached by a group of people. They started verbally abusing me," Fesenko said after the Pacers' practice Friday afternoon. "We just, we did the mature thing. We walked out of there. That's it." Orlando Sentinel

What do you want a bunch of 20-somethings with cash to do on a free night? Sit in the hotel and study for the LSATs? Read the collected works of Proust? "Some drunk guys raised their voices, the whole thing was defused and we walked home," said Dahntay Jones, who was among the Pacers who spent part of the night at Club 23 right down the street from the team hotel. "Everybody did the right thing, the mature thing. And actually, the guys came over later and apologized." Indianapolis Star

Danny Granger was still scratching his head after Friday's practice, trying to figure out how he and his teammates became a TMZ staple. "My wife called me about it," he said, smiling. "I couldn't believe it. Nothing happened. Absolutely nothing." Indianapolis Star

May 4, 2012 Updates

Cops rushed in to break up a heated late night exchange between several members of the Indiana Pacers and a pack of angry clubgoers in Orlando early this morning ... and the whole thing was caught on tape. TMZ obtained footage ... showing 7'1" Kyrylo Fesenko confronting a group of people outside of Club 23 around 2:45 AM. Sources at the scene tell us ... the whole thing began when one of the clubgoers angrily accused Kyrylo of "bumping into him" ... and then unleashed a flurry of verbal attacks at the NBA star. TMZ.com

As Kyrylo tried to walk away from the situation ... the mob grew in numbers and the taunts became louder. That's when Kyrylo's teammate Danny Granger charged towards the clubgoers ... only to be restrained by some of his friends. Multiple bike cops peddled to the scene and diffused the situation ... with Granger and Kyrylo calmly walking away without further incident. TMZ.com

March 23, 2012 Updates

The Pacers signed center Kyrylo Fesenko on Thursday for the rest of the season. Fesenko, a former second-round pick in 2007, spent his first four seasons with the Utah Jazz, where he averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.3 minutes. He'll compete with Lou Amundson to be Roy Hibbert's backup at center. Indianapolis Star

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The Bucks’ interest in signing unrestricted free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko has waned. The Bucks, who are in the market for a backup center, have had several discussions with Fesenko’s agent, Stu Lash. Racine Journal-Times

February 19, 2012 Updates

Sources indicated the Bucks could be interested in a pair of big men, former Utah center Kyrylo Fesenko and 7-foot center D.J. Mbenga. Both players are out of the league this season. The 7-1, 280-pound Fesenko played in 53 games with the Jazz last season and averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Mbenga played in 49 games for the Lakers during the 2009-'10 season and 41 games for the Hornets last season. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 18, 2012 Updates

The Bucks are thin at the center position with Andrew Bogut out with a fractured left ankle and Drew Gooden ailing with a sprained right wrist. Gooden missed the Bucks' 94-85 loss in Orlando on Friday night and could be out for Sunday's game at New Jersey. Rookie Jon Leuer started at center against the Magic, and Larry Sanders and Jon Brockman took turns defending Orlando all-star center Dwight Howard, who finished with 26 points and 20 rebounds. Neither Fesenko or Mbenga has played in the NBA this season. The 7-foot-1, 280-pound Fesenko played in 53 games with Utah last season and averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Ever since starting center Andrew Bogut fractured his left ankle against the Houston on Jan. 25, the Bucks have been exploring different avenues to secure another big man. Within the next week, they are expected to take a good, hard look at Kyrylo Fesenko, a 7-1, 290-pound center who played the last four seasons with the Utah Jazz. "We've had discussions about bringing him in and working him out,'' Bucks general manager John Hammond said Monday night after the Bucks-Miami Heat game at the Bradley Center. Racine Journal-Times

February 6, 2012 Updates

The Hawks plan to sign a center and it almost certainly will be a guy on a 10-day contract rather than a permanent addition. They’ve discussed Kyrylo Fesenko, Erick Dampier and Dan Gadzuric but, as far as I know, they haven’t inquired with those guys yet to gauge their interest in a short-term gig in Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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