Less than three weeks after the Nets were eliminated by the Hawks, Bojan Bogdanovic is back on the court in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, preparing for the FIBA European championship and next season, often working out alone in the 5,000-seat Drazen Petrovic Center, where he played for Cibona.
He spoke to HRT, the Croatian television network, after being named to the All-Rookie team last week.
The 6'8" swingman admitted that the NBA surprised him ... and that he held off joining the Nets because he didn't like the NBA game.
"Honestly, before arriving I was not a big fan of the NBA, that's why I had decided to stay in Europe, in Fenerbahce," he told HRT. "But when I arrived, I saw that it was really another world, a world unto itself, everything is arranged differently. I can say that I have now become a fan of the NBA."
He didn't elaborate, but he said in the end, after his adjustment, he was happy with his performance.
"I did not know what to expect, what my role was on the team, and I think I can be satisfied with my performance and what I showed," he said.
FIBA Europe starts in early September, but before that, Croatia will play nine "friendly" -- exhibition -- games throughout Europe. Croatia is viewed as a top contender, with Bogdanovic, the Pacers' Damjan Rudez, Dario Saric, who was drafted by the 76ers last June, and Mario Hezonja, a likely top 10 pick in this year's Draft. Even with all that talent, Bogdanovic, who was first team All-Eurobasket choice two years ago, is seen as team's first option.
"I think we can expect positive things," he said.