Going into Monday's action at the Eurobasket Qualifying Tournament, Mirza Teletovic was the leading scorer in the 31-team FIBA event, averaging 26.3 points per game...just as he was in the Euroleague regular season. Among the four Euro-Nets, the star of Team Bosnia was the only one who didn't play Monday.
But his scoring and move to the NBA was the lead feature on the FIBA website. The writer asked the 6'9" forward why he waited so long to join an NBA team like the Nets.
His answer was simple: "I think it's very important for European players to have experience and to be ready. Once he decides to come, he has to be ready to play." He now believes he's ready.
Meanwhile, in Monday's action. Tornike Shengelia finished with 20 points (on 7-for-12 shooting) to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, but Georgia was upset by the Netherlands, 91-88. Ilkan Karaman had his worst game of the tournament as Czech Republic crushed Turkey. Karaman had four points, five rebounds and six turnovers in less than 20 minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic's Croatia beat Austria, 82-75. The 6'8" swingman finished with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-5 from deep.