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The Russian superstar came back home after three months out of action in the NBA due to family reasons. He signed a short-term contract with CSKA in mid February wanting to win the Euroleague for first time and is ready to finish his career this summer. “I’m happy finally coming back home and it’s a great chance to finish my career at home. That’s probably my last season. I’m still thinking about next year but for this moment I feel like this, that it’s my last season” said Andrei Kirilenko to the Euroleague TV show “Eurofighters” on Canal+. EuroHoops.net

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And finally Kirilenko himself said about his return: “I am glad to be back to my favorite team, where I played in the beginning of my careeer, then in the middle of it. It’s great that I got this chance and I was happy to use it. I understand that the time has come to think about quitting as a pro player and in my opinion it is better to do it in my dear club’s uniform”. EuroHoops.net

Forward Andrey Kirilenko (34 y.o., 206 cm) will join our team on today’s practice. Famous Russian player who was recently waived by the Philadelphia 76ers signed with CSKA until the end of the season. Media attention! Kirilenko’s press conference will take place today, February 24, at 4:30 pm, in CSKA USH press center (use club’s entrance). The team practice starts at 6:30 pm, media allowed for first 15 minutes. Kirilenko started his pro career in Spartak St. Petersburg in age 16 and took CSKA offer a year after. He spent two years in army team, he was chosen in the first round of NBA draft and signed his first contract with Utah Jazz in 2001. He played for 10 seasons, was an NBA All-Star, led the league in blocked shots and was chosen to NBA All-Defensive Teams. Kirilenko led Team Russia to 2007 Eurobasket gold, taking the MVP honors and FIBA Europe Player of the Year trophy. He helped the team to win the Eurobasket bronze in 2011 taking the All-Tournament team honors. cskabasket.com

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Andrei Kirilenko all but confirmed Eurohoops’ report about his return to CSKA Moscow by speaking to Russian newspaper “Sport-Express”. Despite reports about the opposite, he stated that he is ready to return to action. As he said: “If I was finished, I wouldn’t do nothing now and I wouldn’t be ready to sign with a new team. I believe I can still play on the highest level and if I feel that I can’t or that I don’t want to anymore, I will stop the same moment and I will not regret it at all. It’s not only about money, there’s has to be also a motive and a bond. In Minessota and in Utah I had that, but not in Philadelphia. I never understood why the Sixers kept me. For them it was like throwing money down the drain”. EuroHoops.net

Andrei Kirilenko will return to CSKA Moscow after he will clear waivers in the NBA, according to sources. Kirilenko was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers and will return to Europe where he has played in the season 2011-2012 averaging 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, in 29.9 minutes per game in 17 Euroleague games. Sportando

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