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The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard attributes his versatile skill set to his demanding coaches, among them Obradovic, Pesic, Djordjevic and Vujosevic. They helped usher him from the cadet ranks to the national team and to professional stints in Belgrade and Istanbul (Fenerbahce), and now to the NBA. “Here in U.S., I get it,” Bogdan Bogdanovic said. “They (NBA coaches) work on individual stuff, how to create your own shot, things like that. In Serbia, it’s just passing, how to set screens, how to roll. We don’t (distinguish between) big guys and small guys. We work on everything because you never know who will grow, who will stay small. Once you turn 18, it’s twice a day. Drill, drill, drill. Sometimes we will go an entire day just passing the ball, not shooting even once. That’s why we have good players.”
While the NFL continues to stage multiple regular-season games each year in London — albeit cutting the number from four to three next season — European basketball fans may have to continue to settle for just one. “We’re considering bringing additional games to Europe,” Silver said ahead of Thursday’s game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena. “It’s just the logistical challenges for us are so much greater (than for the NFL). . The demand is there and the interest is there. It’s really more a question of our schedule and whether we can make it work.”
Journalists from Australia, France, Germany, Turkey and Africa all had the same question: when will the NBA bring regular-season games to their part of the world? We would love to do it,” was Silver’s universal answer — before outlining the scheduling difficulties that are currently hampering any such plans. The Celtics and 76ers, for instance, both had at least four days off before and after this game in order to cope with the travel.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s star has never been brighter, with his game and profile extending beyond the seemingly endless bounds of his zip-code-covering strides. He had more All-Star votes than any player in the first ballot release, a surprising turn for an international player who doesn’t hail from a nation with more than two billion inhabitants. Yao Ming is the only non-American to get the most All-Star votes and he’s been retired from the NBA since 2011. But what might have been even more startling than Antetokounmpo leading LeBron James in voting is that two players born outside the United States — Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis — are third and fourth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. These new young talents not only represent their respective franchises but also stand to serve as the face of the league for years to come. “We believe we can do it,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports. “It’s not that bad of a responsibility. I love it.”