HoopsHype Andrei Kirilenko rumors

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Kirilenko's minutes have been few and he wasn't in uniform Monday night, serving as one of two Nets inactives. Kirilenko is averaging 0.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 5.1 minutes in seven games. He had hoped to flourish in a more defined role this season. That hasn't happened. "It is what it is," said Kirilenko, who indicated the back problems he experienced in the preseason and last season were not issues. "I like our system, I like our coach and I spoke with the coach. Obviously, he sees it a little bit differently and he's been honest about it. I really appreciate it, but it doesn't make things better." Newsday

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To Kirilenko’s amazement and amusement, this is the second time in two seasons that he will play alongside the son of a former teammate. Last season, Kirilenko noticed that one of the Nets’ young players, Toko Shengelia, shared a last name with a center, Kakha Shengelia, whom he had played with in the mid-1990s at Spartak St. Petersburg, his first professional team. “I said, ‘Toko, do you have an older brother?’ ” Kirilenko said. “He said no. So I’m like, ‘What about Kakha?’ And he’s like, ‘That’s my dad.’ ” Kirilenko, who cut most of his signature long hair on Friday, laughed and muttered an expletive under his breath. “That’s why I cut my hair,” he said. “I need to feel young.” New York Times

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It’s a new year but the same problem for Andrei Kirilenko. The versatile Nets forward, after missing most of the preseason and 25 of the first 29 games last season with back spasms, sat out Sunday morning’s practice — the team’s second of the season — because of a tight lower back. Kirilenko called the back spasms a year ago “the worst of his career,” and they basically prevented him from being part of the team for the first two months of the regular season. He never seemed to get back on track afterward. New York Post

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Stefan Bondy: Kirilenko also doesn't know who robbed his house. He's upset about the vanished memorabilia and surprised it happened in Utah Twitter @nydninternets

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Former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko's Salt Lake home was burglarized over the weekend, something that surprised his wife who calls the city the "safest place on Earth." Kirilenko, who played for the Jazz for 10 years and lived in Salt Lake City with his wife, Masha Lopatova, now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. They both now spend the majority of their time in New York, though they still frequently return to Utah to visit and maintain a home here. They want to return to Salt Lake City full time when Kirilenko retires. Deseret News

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Stanislav Gridassov, editor-in-chief of PROsport magazine and co-founder of Moscow-Saratov Charity Foundation asked Kirilenko about whether he fulfilled the promise he made in 2011 to donate his salary to charity. Gridassov: "When you came back from NBA to CSKA Moscow for one season, you announced that you would give all of the contract money to charity. Who received that money?" Kirilenko: "Most of it went into Moscow orphanage number 59 – we repaired it, and built a basketball court there. Also, we have bought gear for teams participating in School Basket. We have repaired gyms in many schools." NetsDaily

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As he has previously, Kirilenko seemed to diss Kidd, at one point suggesting he may not have wanted to deal with the pressure of coaching in New York, "So the pressure is huge. And Kidd couldn’t handle it. Or maybe didn’t want to." He called the team's second round exit a "lack of success." (Kirilenko's wife, Masha, publicly criticized Kidd for not playing the veteran in the playoffs.) NetsDaily

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