HoopsHype Mirza Teletovic rumors

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Aco Petrovic, coach of the Bosnian national team (and Drazen's brother, told reporters this week that even though Mirza Teletovic didn't get many minutes for the Nets, he has no excuses in the FIBA Eurobasket championships this September. "Neither I, nor Mirza, are looking for excuses because he did not play enough last season in the NBA," said Petrovic. "Mirza will have 35 days of preparation, the maximum allowed by the NBA." Between "friendly" or exhibition games and tournament games, teams can play as many as 19 games between late July and late September, finishing up days before NBA teams begin their training camps. NetsDaily

May 20, 2013 Updates

In an interview last week with a Bosnian website, Mirza Teletovic talked about the country's national team which will vie for the European championship in September. But he also told his Bosnian fans to expect better days ahead for him and the Nets, once again saying he has not intention of giving up on the NBA. "I will work hard over the summer and next year, things will be different," he told Klix, without detailing what he hoped to achieve. "This is my first year in Brooklyn and to play in the playoffs was a success," Teletovic added, according to a Google translation. "Our players fought to the end in the final game, which was very difficult." NetsDaily

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Brooklyn and the Nets were just starting their honeymoon. At Barclays Center, lights flashed and flickered. Music by a noted small share owner and his enormously famous celebrity wife blared. “Broooklynnn” chants cascaded through the arena. Then a shrieking, siren-like whistling split the night. Mirza Teletovic froze. The 6-foot-9 Nets forward had heard that exact sound so many times as a child. It was a warning sound. It meant the bombs were coming. “There were ground bombing alarms and aviation alarms for bombs from planes. In our country, when everybody hears it, everybody keeps quiet for a minute,” Teletovic explained of his native Bosnia and Herzegovina. “I heard it in games here, a screeching whistle. It reminds you of the war.” New York Post

Teletovic scoffs when people say he blew his chance with an underwhelming performance during a 14-game stretch from Feb. 20-March 20 (averaging 14 minutes, shooting 40.6 percent). “I’m not going to give up on NBA. That’s for sure,” Teletovic said. “They ask me, ‘Do you want to go back to Europe?’ No, I’ve done everything there. This is my next challenge. I have two more years on my contract. I like Brooklyn. I would like to stay here.” New York Post

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"The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn't make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they're keeping Kevin Garnett," one league source said. Boston has shown interest in forward Mirza Teletovic and securing another possible first-round pick, but the Nets have shown no inclination to pay that steep of a price for Pierce. Yahoo! Sports

February 17, 2013 Updates

Mirza Teletovic: "I was seven years old when the war started. First you start seeing that there's no food, then grenades come down, the whole city is shaking, and you hear people screaming. Every day, your parents come in and say 'our neighbor died, our cousin died." Always somebody dying. One day, I asked my mother, 'Is anybody alive. It was very, very rough for us. it left, I will say, a memory. "I used to wake up at six o'clock in the morning and go to the basketball court. I wouldn't come home until 11 or 12 o'clock at night. when You don't know the situation at that time. you don't even have shoes. The basketball court is like 300 meters from my house. And all my friends and me are playing and then you hear the sirens like the grenades start falling down and just run to your house and hide. If I have to die, I die. For basketball, I will do anything. NetsDaily

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In some ways, Teletovic has typified the Nets' early-season growing pains. He is still figuring things out. Now, he appears in danger of becoming a forgotten man on coach Avery Johnson's bench. Teletovic didn't make his way onto the court until the fourth quarter of Friday night's 107-68 rout of the Orlando Magic. He finished with five points on 2-of-4 shooting. "Talking to other European players who came here for their first year, they told me it's a process," said Teletovic, who spent the past six seasons with Caja Laboral of the Spanish League. "You have to get used to it. It's not only basketball; it's life around basketball. It'll take time. But I'm confident." Wall Street Journal

September 4, 2012 Updates

Williams is renting in SoHo while shopping for a permanent home, preferably one with easy tunnel access. He will have company. Joe Johnson, the Nets’ newly acquired All-Star guard, forward Kris Humphries and guard Jerry Stackhouse will all be living in Manhattan as well. Seven Nets will reside in New Jersey, including the rookie Tyshawn Thomas, who got an apartment in Hoboken, his hometown. (Two others, Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia, are playing overseas and have not yet shopped for homes, but they are likely to end up in New Jersey, too.) New York Times

September 3, 2012 Updates

When the Nets signed Mirza Teletovic this summer, most of America shrugged. If they noticed at all. But followers of international basketball applauded the move. Teletovic is a stretch four with a very quick release, but also a mean streak that has him defending hard and banging bodies inside. That shot tearing up EuroBasket qualifying going on right now — Teletovic is averaging 25.7 points and 6.2 rebounds a game for Bosnia and Herzegovina so far, reports USBasket.com. NBCSports.com

August 14, 2012 Updates

Andres Nocioni, the Argentine star who played eight years in the NBA before joining Caja Laboral last season, offered high praise for his Spanish League teammate Mirza Teletovic Tuesday. Nocioni, who played small forward to Teletovic's power forward, told SportSport Bosnia he's guarded "just a couple of players at the same level as Teletovic." "I'm happy for Mirza since joining the NBA is the pinnacle in the career of every basketball player. However, I regret that we will no longer be teammates because he is a fantastic basketball player and person," Nocioni said. NetsDaily

August 5, 2012 Updates

Mirza Teletovic, in an interview with the writer for a Slovenian basketball site, left no doubt as to why he decided to leave Europe, at considerable expense to him, for Brooklyn. "I'm not going to the NBA to waste my time, but to get the (championships)." Teletovic is paying nearly $2 million of his own money to buy out his contract with Caja Laboral of Spain and was willing to take another $2 million a year pay cut so the Nets could pursue other players. He felt now is the time to make the leap. NetsDaily

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