Aleksandar Petrovic, Drazen Petrovic's brother and the coach of the Bosnian National Team, said in interview posted Saturday that he would "love" to see Bosnia's best player, Mirza Teletovic, play for the "New Jersey Nets," citing his Hall of Fame brother's career with the team. Petrovic spoke with Bosnia's leading sports site, Sport Centar Bosnia.
Teletovic, one of Europe's top players, has been linked to the Nets by European writers this past week and league sources say the Nets see him as a top prospect as well. The 6'9" stretch forward led the Euroleague in scoring during the regular season, at 21.7 ppg. He shot 43.6% from three and has a career average of 40.2%. He averaged 6.0 rebounds.
In the interview, Petrovic calls Teletovic's ambition to play in the NBA "realistic." Specifically, he says he wants Teletovic to play for the Nets because he is "nostalgic" about his brother Drazen's time in New Jersey and he knows that the Nets have interest in Teletovic. The Nets' chief international scout, Danko Cvjeticanin, was a teammate of Drazen Petrovic.
The 26-year-old Teletovic has said he wouldn't talk about the future until his team, Caja Laboral, finished the Spanish League playoffs. Caja was eliminated in the league semi-finals Saturday night and Sunday, he note he has two years left on his Caja contract. Both Teletovic and Nets' draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic are Bosnian Croats who grew up in Mostar, Bosnia. Bogdanovic plays for Croatia, Teletovic for Bosnia.
- Petrovic: I would love Teletovic to play for Drazen's Nets (Google Translate) - Krajiski Info Portal
Caja's End Means New Beginning for Teletovic: Thank You, Mirza! (Google Translate) - Sport Centar Bosnia