HoopsHype Nenad Krstic rumors

April 1, 2011 Updates

The Celtics got one impact big man back on Thursday night, with the return of Jermaine O'Neal, but they lost another. Nenad Krstic has injured his right knee and is out for the foreseeable future. "Nenad, I don't know," coach Doc Rivers said after Thursday's game, a 107-97 win over the Spurs. "He's out obviously this weekend. MRI. That's as far as I'm going to go." Krstic left with 2:18 left in the first half of Thursday's game. He was leaping into the paint when he landed awkwardly on his right leg. His knee became bent out of shape and he immediately felt the pain. Krstic limped off the floor with the help of Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte. NESN.com

March 31, 2011 Updates

He's trying not to let it affect him, but he admits that it does: “I’m back in my rookie year,” Krstic said. “When I was a rookie I didn’t get many calls. So I feel like the same thing right now. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m playing with great players. I don’t know. I really don’t have an explanation. "Those couple minutes, you’re frustrated, but then you try to forget about it. It affects you, especially this situation for me when Coach is stressing for me to do everything right and just to relax and play, then you don’t get calls. It’s tough. Boston Globe

March 29, 2011 Updates

It used to seem easy for the Celtics, but that has changed since the trade deadline shook the team to their collective core. "We gotta work to win them all," said Kevin Garnett. Still shell-shocked by the trade which sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Celtics are still attempting to get the new players up to speed. Each of the new additions is at a different spot in their acclimation to how things are done in Boston. "Just all the details they have offensively and defensively, being in the right spot every time, especially defensively," Nenad Krstic told HOOPSWORLD. "As a big guy, I'm in a position to help a lot and sometimes our defense is so much in the details, it's so much different than in Oklahoma City. That's the hardest part." HoopsWorld

March 22, 2011 Updates
March 21, 2011 Updates

He has known Pavlovic since they were teenagers playing for Yugoslavia in the FIBA Under-20 European championship. They kept in contact when they both went to the NBA. Now, Krstic was in Boston after a deadline trade from Oklahoma City, and speculation was that Pavlovic could be joining him. He reached for his cellphone. “He was telling me, ‘Please, man. Do whatever you can to come here,’ ’’ Pavlovic recalled. “I called him more because he didn’t have a team,’’ Krstic said. Boston Globe

Joining the Celtics was tempting, but Pavlovic had options and he was still weighing them. “He said there were a couple teams trying to get him,’’ Krstic said. Pavlovic ended up signing with the Celtics for the rest of the season, giving them depth, but also giving Krstic a familiar face in a new locker room. “It’s great for me and it’s great for him, too, just to have somebody who speaks your language,’’ said Krstic, who along with Pavlovic will try to help his new team as it faces the Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden. “We pretty much like the same stuff coming from the same country. It makes life — not just playing basketball — it makes life easier.” Boston Globe

March 14, 2011 Updates

A. Sherrod Blakely: I talked with Krstic's agent, Marc Cornstein, before the game. Is lovin' how his guy has fit in with the #Celtics so quickly. Twitter

March 10, 2011 Updates

Kevin Garnett takes pride on getting to know his teammates both on and off the floor. He believes that time spent away from the court is just as vital in figuring out what makes people tick. He’s still working on Nenad Krstic. “He’s a really chill guy, he doesn’t really talk a lot,” Garnett said. “You got to make him talk sometimes. He’s a cool guy. He’s too himself. I think Sasha [Pavlovic] being here has helped him a lot and has opened him up a little bit.” WEEI.com

Communication is everything to Garnett, especially on the defensive end and yes, he was tied to Perkins in a very special way over the last three and a half years. But that’s over now and he’s determined to make it work with Krstic. “He’s getting it,” Garnett said. “He’s working really hard at it. I’m just making sure that the communication between us is really solid.” WEEI.com

March 9, 2011 Updates

It’s only been five games, but it’s worth noting that Krstic is a free agent this summer, and if he can maintain his scoring and help the Celtics in the postseason, his value on the market will be bumped. He started his career in Europe and went back to Europe after the knee injury, but make no mistake, his preference is to stay put. “He has played in both, overseas and in the NBA, and all things being equal, he’d like to stay in the NBA,” his agent, Marc Cornstein, said. “It’s the best league in the world. He has been a starting NBA center his entire career.” Sporting News

The Thunder were 2-24 when they got Krstic. After that, they went 101-84 over three seasons with him. But this year, he could sense that his role was being reduced, as the Thunder tried to find better defensive options in the frontcourt. Combine that with Krstic’s surprise at being traded, and he says he doesn’t really miss Oklahoma City. “Not really,” Krstic told Sporting News. “I was really frustrated when I found out, because no one really told me anything. They were saying they were happy with me, and all the sudden I got traded. So I was not upset leaving Oklahoma City. It was a good time in Oklahoma City, but I think I am going to have a better time here.” Sporting News

March 7, 2011 Updates

A. Sherrod Blakely: Nenad gives KG lots of credit for his strong play since joining the #Celtics. "KG has been like a mentor to me," Krstic told #CSNNE.com. Twitter

February 27, 2011 Updates

In the meantime, Krstic will fill Perkins’s spot in the starting lineup. “He was obviously a big part of this team,’’ said Krstic, who had 9 points and 6 rebounds in last night’s 99-92 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center. “That’s kind of the NBA, what it is. I don’t want to feel like I’m taking somebody’s spot or anything like that. “I didn’t ask for a trade. I was happy in Oklahoma City. But I’m more than happy to be here, to be a part of the Boston Celtics, to be part of this team. “But in another way, I feel a little weird because I don’t want to feel like I’m taking someone’s spot.’’ Boston Globe

He’s the lesser known part of the Celtics massive trade deadline move, but seven-foot Serbain center Nenad Krstic is still just as eager to get started on his Boston Celtics career, and more than thankful for the opportunity he’ll have for the rest of the season with C’s. “I’m really grateful to be part of the Boston Celtics,” Krstic said on Saturday after the team’s morning shoot around at UCLA. “I was shocked for like three days. I didn’t expect any trades. This is the first time in my life I’ve been traded, so I’m still in a little shock but I’m very happy to be here to be with this team and this organization.” CSNNE.com

February 26, 2011 Updates

The day following the epic trades made at the deadline by the Oklahoma City Thunder, HOOPSWORLD sat down with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to gauge their reaction to the loss of teammates Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, D.J. White, and Mo Peterson and the additions of the Celtics' Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson plus the Bobcats' Nazr Mohammed. "It's tough…tough," Durant said. "It's losing a brother, man. Hurts. I'm sure you can imagine how those guys in Boston felt. That's I feel. You know, somebody so close to me…been through everything with me in this league. Rookie season, the move from Seattle to Oklahoma City." "We shared everything together. It was much more than just playing basketball," he added. "It's very tough," said Westbrook, who then turned pragmatic. "But you know, this is the business side of the game and something we gotta kinda figure out and work with." HoopsWorld

February 24, 2011 Updates
February 22, 2011 Updates

Darnell Mayberry: Nenad Krstic on the dunk contest: "Serge did pretty good. I think Serge’s first dunk, he should have gotten more than a 45." Twitter

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