HoopsHype Sasha Pavlovic rumors

September 25, 2011 Updates
June 10, 2011 Updates

Growing up, life was just as much about war as it was about basketball for Krstic and Pavlovic. The two were less than ten years old when battles for independence in Yugoslavia ensued in the early 1990’s. Krstic was growing up in Kraljevo, Yugoslavia while Pavlovic lived in Montenegro. The effects of the strife were widespread. Even though the battles were not taking place close to them, both families were impacted. Krstic’s father, a construction worker, and his mother, a nurse, worked to bring home meager wages each month. “My parents worked -- and not just my parents, all people worked for like $10 a month, basically surviving,” Krstic said. “Inflation, every day was just really expensive. And there was war going on. The people in Serbia were going to fight in Bosnia and Croatia. A lot of people died. It was just bad. I was in elementary school back in the days and my parents tried to protect me and not see that stuff on TV and put food on the table every day, but it was a really tough time.” CSNNE.com

Pavlovic’s upbringing was similar. “We as kids didn’t go through a very nice childhood like everybody else did,” he said. “It was great, but it was always talking about war. Even though it never happened right where we lived, it happened all the way around us and it was involved with our people. “Back then there was nothing, you couldn’t buy anything. I don’t even know how they went through that, my parents and everybody. No money, no food. I lived on the coast and it’s a big port and my parents worked connected to ports. It was tough, but like I’m telling you, our people are kind of used to that, from generations back. I don’t know how we handled that, but it’s actually unbelievable.” CSNNE.com

The internal struggle continued throughout Krstic and Pavlovic’s childhood. In 1999, in response to a conflict in Kosovo, NATO began a series of air strikes that lasted nearly three months. Pavlovic felt the rumbles shortly before Krstic did. “It was scary, as much as I remember,” Pavlovic said. “I was at practice when the first bomb fell. It was actually like only five miles away from the place I was practicing. … I heard a loud sound and the gym was shaking. Everybody went back home and we saw the planes in the air. It was a little bit shocking.” Both had heard about the possibility of air strikes, but words could not have prepared them for the reality of them. "Everybody was just shocked and mad," Pavlovic said. “Actually, before practice we talked about that and we said there is no way they’re going to do that. There’s no reason to do that. And in the middle of the practice they did. Everybody was so shocked. But nobody was really scared because you just can’t believe that that’s happening.” CSNNE.com

The bombings near Pavlovic lasted only one night. For Krstic, though, the threat of danger lasted from late March into June. After an initial period of shock and fear, war became part of life. “It’s how we grew up,” Krstic said matter-of-factly. “It was scary. It’s scary when you hear air raids and stuff, but after a couple weeks you kind of got used to it. People stopped caring. You have two choices – stop caring – if the bomb’s going to fall on you, that’s your destiny. Or, you are just going to go insane and in panic. … Serbian people are very proud people. We take our pride and we don’t surrender.” CSNNE.com

Krstic and his family spent the first night of air raids in a shelter that was, as he described it, “dirty, cold, and nobody had used it for 20 years.” Because of the conditions, he fell ill with a high fever and cough. His parents wanted better for their children. The following day, his father left for the military. Krstic’s mother took him, his sister, and his grandparents to seek refuge in a summer house in a nearby village. “My mom was thinking it was not safe to stay in the town because when the war started you heard a lot of people start talking and rumors – they’re going to bomb this today or they’re going to bomb this factory or they’re going to bomb the hospital,” he said. “So you start to panic, and she was thinking the best way was just to go outside of everything and live in the village for a little bit until the war stopped. So that’s how we lived for three months.” CSNNE.com

April 2, 2011 Updates

Sasha Pavlovic, Krstic’s best friend on the team, said Krstic showed concern when he talked about the injury. “He’s worried but hopefully it’s nothing,’’ Pavlovic said. “From his experience, he said it doesn’t look that bad. He’ll know more in the morning. Hopefully it’s nothing. We need him on this team.’’ Boston Globe

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 3, 2011 Updates

After losing out to the Dallas Mavericks in their quest to add freshly bought out Corey Brewer, the Celtics are set to sign veteran swingman Sasha Pavlovic to add depth at the swingman position, a league source confirmed Wednesday. ESPN.com

March 2, 2011 Updates
February 28, 2011 Updates

With buyout season about to shut down, the Mavericks are more interested in Sasha Pavlovic than any of the players who have been waived or bought out by their clubs. “We’re leaning toward bringing back Sasha,’’ owner Mark Cuban said. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 26, 2011 Updates

The basketball operations staff is keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and seeing which players are bought out by March 1 (the deadline for players to be free from their old clubs so they can be eligible for the playoffs with a new team). According to sources, the Celtics are hoping the talk of Troy Murphy being available comes true. They are said to have interest also in Dan Gadzuric, Sasha Pavlovic and Jason Kapono. Boston Herald

February 15, 2011 Updates

The Hornets decided not to re-sign forward Sasha Pavlovic to another 10-day contract. Pavlovic was signed Feb. 4 when it appeared Trevor Ariza might miss up to two weeks with a sprained right ankle. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 12, 2011 Updates

Sasha Pavlovic is an eight-year veteran and has contributed on a number of playoff teams. He has been a starter throughout his career and contributed whenever given minutes. Because of his success in the league, it's easy to see why Pavlovic is frustrated with his current situation. "It's great to get opportunities, but it's not easy," Pavlovic told HOOPSWORLD. "Playing in Dallas was my first time being a 10-day contract guy so it was hard, but it's pretty much the same everywhere. You have to develop very quick and it takes a couple of days. You definitely develop quickly though." HoopsWorld

Playing on his third 10-day contract in the last month, Pavlovic finds himself in limbo with the New Orleans Hornets just two weeks after the Mavericks declined to sign him for the remainder of the season. After starting six games for Dallas, he's trying to adjust to his new situation in New Orleans. "I'm still going through the learning process with all of the plays," Pavlovic told HOOPSWORLD. "I just have to go out and play as hard as I can defensively because, like I said, it's still a learning process offensively. It's going to be a little bit hard, but the less I think about making mistakes, the better it's going for me and for the team." HoopsWorld

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