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Mirza Teletovic, Bosnia coach in pre-Eurobasket feud

Bosnian Basketball Federation

It's big news in Bosnia. Mirza Teletovic, the captain of the Bosnian national team, and Aco Petrovic, his coach, became embroiled in a controversy Friday when Petrovic told reporters, including those for Bosnian national TV that the 6'9" power forward showed up for training camp in bad shape and had a different view of how he fit into the team.

Petrovic, Drazen Petrovic's brother, said some of his star's problem was to due to his experience in the NBA, "14 months not playing and frustration," meaning his limited use by the Nets. Petrovic did say the dispute was not irredeemable, but in his most biting comment said, "Mirza must understand that there is no player in the world, including Drazen Petrovic , who played without teammates"

The accusations required Teletovic to issue a statement in which he promised "I will do even more in order to fulfill all the ideas selector have, because our goal is all the same, and it's a better result at the European Championships in Slovenia."

The dispute was laid out on Twitter by Bosnian blogger, Ademir Avdic.

Later, Teletovic --possibly in response to his coach's comments-- posted shirtless photos of him working out.

NetsDaily poster BosniNetsFollower translated both Petrovic's comments and Teletovic's statement in an extensive fan post.