HoopsHype Zaza Pachulia rumors


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Big loss for the Georgian national team. The team, qualified for the second round at Eurobasket, has lost their leader Zaza Pachulia for the rest of the tournament. The Atlanta Hawks center will be out for a month after hurting his leg in Georgia's game on Monday against Bulgaria. Pachulia averaged 13.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 5 games throughout Eurobasket. IamaGM.com

Scott Schroeder: Sounds like Zaza Pachulia is out for a month after hurting his leg in Georgia's game on Monday: http://bit.ly/nxQFFW Twitter

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Pachulia, 27, told USA TODAY in a phone interview he expects to finalize the deal early this week. Besiktas is the same team New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams agreed in principle to play for next season, too. If Williams and Pachulia start the season in Turkey, both would be able to return to their NBA teams if the lockout ends. Two other players who spent last season in the NBA are headed overseas, too. Forward Darius Songaila, who played in just 10 games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010-11, signed a one-year deal with Turkish team Galatasaray. USA Today

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Well, actually, let's talk about the restaurant business. The first restaurant you bought was in Midtown Atlanta, and you named it Eno by Zaza? Zaza Pachulia: Yes, I bought the exisiting business. It used to be called Eno. It had been in business for a while, and I didn't want to make too many changes. It was a Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. High-end. But then the economy had a lot of problems, especially here in Atlanta. So it didn't really work. Might have been location, might have been having the high end image. It just didn't work. So I decided to close it. Food Republic

And right around the same time, you opened the Buckhead Bottle Bar? What was that like? Zaza Pachulia: There's a big difference between having an existing restaurant and creating something totally new. Also, the location is very different, because Buckhead is one of the top Zip codes in the country. Buckhead Bottle Bar is more funk, more fun, a more lounge-y restaurant. Prices are very good, very fair compared to other places nearby. We decided to keep it open late, so we get a dinner crowd and a late crowd as well, and we brought in a DJ. So we made it very fun and tried to make a lot of alternatives for the people. It hasn't even been a year since we opened the place, and we've already won awards from Open Table and some magazines in Atlanta. So we're being recognized, and that's a huge honor for us as business owners. But most importantly, people seem to love it. We just created a fun atmosphere. Food Republic

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