HoopsHype Pero Antic rumors

April 7, 2014 Updates

The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

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The Hawks will have at least one representative at the NBA All-Star weekend next month. Pero Antic, the 31-year-old rookie from Macedonia, was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge. The game will be played Friday, Feb. 14 as part of the weekend in New Orleans that culminates with the All-Star Game two days later. The game features first- and second-year players. “I would like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff and Hawks organization,” Antic said in a statement released by the team and also via his Twitter account. “I am proud to represent the city of Atlanta and my home country of Macedonia in New Orleans!” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 23, 2014 Updates

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Pero Antic suffered a mild right ankle sprain against the Brooklyn Nets in London on Jan. 16. X-rays taken following the game were negative and he continued to play without missing games. An MRI and examination today by Dr. Ashok Reddy at Peachtree Orthopaedics in Atlanta revealed a stress fracture to his right ankle. Pero Antic will now be placed in a protective walking boot. The expected recovery time is approximately two-to-four weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate. NBA.com

November 18, 2013 Updates

Macedonian basketball fans were ordered to put out of sight Macedonian flags with the Vergina Sun during an NBA match, MKD.mk reports. The Macedonian fans were waiting for Macedonian basketball player Pero Antic, who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks, to start playing in the match when they were ordered to take down the flags. The Vergina Sun is a politically charged solar symbol and presents a point of conflict mainly between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia. It was discovered during archaeological excavations around the town of Vergina, in Macedonia [a geographic region of Greece], in the late 1970s. FOCUS Information Agency

October 11, 2013 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Pero Antic to a two-year deal at the start of free agency. The move didn’t generate much mainstream press, but the Hawks are hoping to have found an international gem. Antic was a member of two Euroleague championship teams and was content to remain overseas the remainder of his career. But says when he got the call from Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer he couldn’t refuse the opportunity to give the league a try. “After you win two Euro League championships I was trying to find a new challenge,” Antic told HOOPSWORLD. “I was trying to stay in Europe but when coach Bud called and told me what he expected of me, that he would like to see me here I couldn’t refuse a NBA coach or NBA franchise. I am happy to be here.” HoopsWorld

July 25, 2013 Updates
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If Antic is signed it most likely means that unrestricted free agent Ivan Johnson will not return. The Hawks have shown intersted in bringing Johnson back however they have made several moves this offseason to bolster their frontcourt. Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Antic would be guaranteed contracts. The team also has second-year forward Mike Scott on a non-guaranteed contract. and yet-to-be-signed draftees Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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