“Real Madrid is one of the best teams in Europe and in basketball,” Mirotic said of his former team. “I had a great time playing there, great memories. I won championships there. I know the fans want me back there. But my first idea is the NBA.”
Eurobasket champions Spain have a favourable draw as they travel to Romania to open their 2017 campaign in Cluj-Napoca. The 2015 winners will face Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Hungary and hosts Romania in Group C. Eurobasket runners-up Lithuania will be housed in Tel Aviv, where they are drawn with the hosts Israel, Ukraine, Georgia, Italy and Germany. Group D, which takes place at the Ulker Sports Arena on the Asian side of Istanbul looks to be the toughest pool of the four as Turkey hosts Great Britain, Russia, Serbia, Latvia and Belgium.
In July, Hamilton found his way to Brooklyn. “They were kind of like the dark horse in there,” Hamilton said of signing with the Nets. “I was hearing from a lot of teams and my agent would always slip in Brooklyn. Then when I finally got to talk to Sean and Kenny, it was a great conversation. I didn’t even realize they were watching me over there and following me.”
Hamilton left the NBA in his rear-view mirror for the 2015-16 season, tossing away the two years of struggles for a season with Valencia, one of Spain’s top teams. “Going there, I was playing every night and I was able to reestablish myself, maybe mentally more than anything,” Hamilton said. “Just remembering how to keep contributing.”