Tim Bontemps: Teletovic says he the decision hasn’t been made if he’ll play for the Bosnian national team, but he’s leaning toward playing.
In the interview conducted Wednesday, the 29-year-old would not yet rule out him playing in FIBA Europe next summer. “It is too early to talk about anything, I will have to wait a while to know that answer,” he told the Balkan edition of the Qatari-based network.
Jeff Zillgitt: Backing up @Gino Pilato’s report on Brady Heslip .. He’s headed to the Adriatic League to play for BC Igokea in Bosnia, I’m told.
Petrovic, Drazen Petrovic’s brother, said some of his star’s problem was to due to his experience in the NBA, “14 months not playing and frustration,” meaning his limited use by the Nets. Petrovic did say the dispute was not irredeemable, but in his most biting comment said, “Mirza must understand that there is no player in the world, including Drazen Petrovic , who played without teammates” The accusations required Teletovic to issue a statement in which he promised “I will do even more in order to fulfill all the ideas selector have, because our goal is all the same, and it’s a better result at the European Championships in Slovenia.” The dispute was laid out on Twitter by Bosnian blogger, Ademir Avdic.
Teletovic said he was ready to play. “I don’t want to offer much comment on the other teams,” he said. “They will all come prepared. What is most important is that we’re ready, and that we do not need to look at all the other teams.”
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.