Last Thursday, as Nets fans were wondering who the front office would be getting as "Plan B" --and the front office was closing in on Andrei Kirilenko, Mirza Teletovic faced a somber duty. The captain of the Bosnian national team attended the collective burial of 400 newly-identified victims of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in the city of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995.
Although 8,000 people died in the Serbian massacre, mass graves and individual bodies are still being discovered, victims identified. Teletovic was invited to attend and honor the victims. Teletovic, a victim of the Bosnian war himself, was among the most highly visible Bosnians to honor the victims, most of whom were men and boys.
Also on hand in Srebrenica was one of Europe's rising stars who has a deep Srebrenica connection. Emir Sulejmanović, a 6'8" power forward, spoke with local media about his personal history. He was born two days after the massacre on a stone in forest where his mother had escaped the massacre.
Sulejmanovic, who now lives in Finland and plays for F.C. Barcelona, called Teletovic an inspiration, "I've followed him from childhood, and he's really a true role model."