“I just don’t want to go back to Tomball, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I love where I’m from, I don’t want to be that kid no more. I have my brothers, my trainers, my people around me all the time. I think we like the life that we live, to be able to be a professional basketball player, them to come on the road, go to every game, like that’s fun. That’s the life that we always dreamed of. That’s halfway the motivation.”
After rehab — and a three-week vacation in his native Serbia — Bjelica has been working out in Minneapolis waiting to get back on the court and regain a feeling that, last year, was so fleeting. “I had a great summer,” he said. “I worked hard, and I’m ready for the season. To be honest with you, I didn’t expect that I would play in the preseason games. And I played in all three. I feel great. I’m ready, I’m 100 percent.”
Storyline: Nemanja Bjelica Injury