In comments made at Thursday's press conference, and reported by al-Jazeera Balkans, Jason Kidd called Mirza Teletovic an "important" part of the team and said he's likely to have a bigger role this season than last when he was mostly nailed to the bench by Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo.
"Mirza will be an important part of this team. He's the guy who can contribute to the defense and has a good shot. These players that we're introducing today are very important. However, also very important are those players who have a specific role."
Kidd also said that it will be important for Teletovic to learn from the team's new players. With the addition of Kevin Garnett, the signing of Andrei Kirilenko and the re-signing of Andray Blatche, the Nets front court has gotten crowded. But none of those three has as much potential as a stretch four as Teletovic.
Teletovic is in Bosnia, having just completed several days honoring those killed in a genocidal attack by Bosnian Serbs on the town of Srebrenica in July 1995. In addition to attending a memorial service for 400 newly identified bodies, Teletovic worked with the US embassy officials at a camp for children of Srebrenica survivors. He now moves on to training camp for Team Bosnia, which hopes to medal in FIBA Eurobasket this September.
Meanwhile, Teletovic has joined the ranks of Twitter, his first tweet a somber reflection on what happened at Srebrenica.
Tuga... #NeverForgetSrebrenica pic.twitter.com/Ubxyty3TIL— Mirza Teletovic (@Teletovic33) July 22, 2013
- Jason Kidd: Teletović is an important player for the Nets (Google Translate) - Al Jazeera Balkans