Dzanan Musa arrived in Bosnia Friday to begin training for FIBA World Cup Qualifiers next week.
Although Bosnian media reported Prigioni and a Nets trainer “accompanied” Musa to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Prigioni tweeted Saturday from Michigan.
Ready for my first American Football Game in Michigan pic.twitter.com/XXrCs34bVb— Pablo Prigioni (@PPrigioni9) September 8, 2018
Of course, there is nothing to stop Prigioni from flying to Sarajevo or Helsinki, where Musa will play the Finnish national team on Thursday. Local media said Musa would join the Bosnian team for practice this weekend, then fly with the team to Helsinki Tuesday.
The 19-year-old told Bosnian reporters that he’s gained 15 pounds since leaving for the NBA Draft in June. He said this week that he now weighs in at 211 pounds. The 6’9” swingman, taken with the 29th pick, said that so far, the NBA experience has been a big shock.
“It’s all a little unreal for me, it’s another world,” Musa said. “I quickly adapted and my preparations are going very well. I hope to amaze all the Bosnians who will stay awake until late at night to watch me (on television).
Musa said his teammates have been a big help in the adjustment.
“My teammates accepted me as if I were there for several years and I am grateful to the club for letting me come to the gathering” of Bosnia national team players.”
”In the past month, I’ve added seven kilograms (15 pounds) and I feel stronger every day. I spend five, six hours a day in the gym in order to prepare for the season as much as possible,” he added.
Musa will be one of two NBA players who be on the court for Bosnia when they play Finland outside Helsinki Thursday. Jusif Nurkic of the Trail Blazers is already in camp. Three days after the game in Finland, they’ll return to Bosnia for a game vs. Czech Republic.
The games will be available on livebasketball.tv.