Me: So what is the chance you come back to the NBA some day? Jan Vesely: Actually, I’m still thinking about it. It’s not like I’ve closed the door. I’m waiting for the right situation, like we were talking about. For me, personally, the important thing is to have a good coach who understands you and understands what you can do. I don’t want to go back or only I say ‘okay, I’m here, what are we going to do?’ I don’t want that. I like basketball and I like to compete. And Coach Obradovic, he’s given me that position. And if I go back one day I want to be at least in the similar situation. I’m not expecting to come and be the main player and to be I don’t know what. But to exactly know what situations I’m okay in, or what I’m accustomed, or my job is this. If a coach or GM tells me your job is to make these kinds of rebounds and play defense and score this, and I do that, I expect to keep playing. Sometimes that didn’t happen when I was there. But looking for the good situation and team. So I didn’t close the door for sure.
Me: There was some talk this summer that some NBA teams asked about you coming over. What didn’t feel right? Was this just not the right time to do it? JV: The thing is, it wasn’t too serious a conversation about it…a lot of bigs was not signed yet (in the NBA). It was too long to wait. First of all, I had the option in my contract, until July 15; I can leave any time up to that, but not past that. For example, Mason Plumlee signed (in Denver) a couple of days ago. That was one of the bigs that wasn’t signed. I wasn’t in a situation where I can talk to the teams and stuff. There was free agency and a lot of bigs at my position. I didn’t pay too much attention; my manager was talking to the teams. I was waiting for the situation but it didn’t get too serious..
Vucevic: “That’s the worst part of it. Those players are going to give their best in order to qualify and then they will have to be give their place to players who come from the NBA or the Euroleague. It’s unfair and it does not really make sense. You are going to have two different teams. And even for the fans. You organize games where the best players of each country will not be there. I understand that they wanted to do it like football, but in this case it was necessary to agree with everyone. If it’s not possible for everyone to be there, then we have to keep the system we had before, I think it worked well. I do not see where the problem of playing during summer is, it always worked”.
Boris Diaw did not close any door for his future. Diaw is still free agent and did not rule out a return to Europe. “I won’t close any door” the French forward told Le Figaro. “I will be in the NBA next season? I don’t have a club yet. I have a few contacts with teams but nothing concrete. So I am not sure I will be in the NBA 100% next season. A return to Europe? It may happen” Diaw added.