Dzanan Musa Rumors

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Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
Position: F
Born: 05/08/99
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $1,634,400
You’d think he’d have called Rodions Kurucs, but nope, Kristaps Porzingis didn’t call his fellow Latvia on Draft Night. Instead, the call went to Dzanan Musa of Bosnia. “He encouraged me to just go for it,’’ Musa told The Post’s Marc Berman on Sunday at the NBA’s rookie orientation. It turns out the two Europeans have older brothers who played against each other. How do we know that Porzingis didn’t call Kurucs? The day after the Draft, the 20-year-old Latvian told the media that he had only spoken with Porzingis once but that he looked forward to talking with him … and playing against him “and beat his ass.”
Although war divided Yugoslavia into six countries—Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia—the conflicts didn’t stanch the region’s love for the game. On the contrary, Musa, whose father served in the Bosnian military, believes the region’s war-torn history is largely responsible for the current generation of NBA-level talent. “Yugoslavian people have self-discipline that no other countries have because we are kids of the war,” Musa told The Crossover. “I wasn’t born during the war, but I felt it because my dad was in the military. He had 2,000 soldiers that he was responsible for. When you see people die all the time, it’s natural to fight for everything and to be emotional about everything. We have a ‘little something’ that no one can describe because the horrible, terrible war made us stronger.”
A devout Muslim, Musa describes being targeted with anti-Muslim insults by fans in Croatia, where more than 85% of the country is Catholic and less than 2% are Muslims. “I was a boy at 16 years old and I heard the insults,” Musa told The Crossover by telephone on Wednesday. “It affected me a lot. I was sitting on the bench for 40 minutes. I didn’t play at all and my team lost. [The fans] insulted me from behind the bench and they were throwing things at me. That’s something you have to deal with as a target when you’re in a different country. I’m not the guy who will say now that those fans are bad. I think they’re just fans and they just want to show they support their team. But I think that’s the wrong way to show support.”