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Team Croatia Dumps Bogdanovic

B. Petrinovic - Crobasket
B. Petrinovic - Crobasket

Jasmin Repesa, head coach of the Croatian national team, has kicked Nets draft choice Bojan Bogdanovic off the team for not respecting the team's curfew policy during training camp. Croatian newspapers report Bogdanovic and his "party buddy" Damir Markota (formerly of the Bucks) have been caught several times coming back late (early morning) to the team hotel after partying in the clubs in Osijek.

Markota apologized, but Repesa sent Bogdanovic home. Word is Bogdanovic, 23, arrived in camp overweight and out of shape, having failed to stick with a light conditioning plan given him after he finished Turkish League action with Fenerbahce. According to reports, Bogdanovic, the team's star, couldn't follow plays being run at practice.

On Saturday, there was news that F.C. Barcelona, one of Europe's top teams, wanted to acquire Bogdanovic but by day's end, Fenerbahce's GM told the media that Fener wants to keep him and he wants to stay. Bogdanovic is under contract through next July. The Nets, who traded for Bogdanovic's rights last year, had hoped he could join the team in Brooklyn.