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CSKA puts veteran Krstic at center
CSKA Moscow has added experience and power to its frontcourt by signing center Nenad Krstic to a two-year contract. Krstic (2.13 meters, 27 years old) returns to the Euroleague after seven seasons away. He grew up with Partizan Belgrade and helped the club win three straight Yugoslavian/Serbian League titles between 2001 and 2004, plus the 2002 Yugoslav Cup. Krstic arrives from Boston of the NBA, with whom he averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games last season after arriving in a midseason trade from Oklahoma City. Overall Krstic appeared in 419 NBA games with Boston, Oklahoma City and New Jersey and averaged 10 points and 5.4 rebounds. Before that Krstic was a double-digit Euroleague scorer in each of his last two seasons, 2002-03 and 2003-04, with Partizan. CSKA will be Krstic's second team in Russia. He started the 2008-09 season with Triumph Lyubertsy and tallied 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in six EuroChallenge games with the club. The veteran center has also been a regular with the Serbian national team with whom he has a silver medal from EuroBasket 2009. He also represented Serbia at the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
"I like the pressure," Krstic said. "That's one of the reasons I decided to get back to Europe. In the NBA you play 82 games in regular season and you don't feel so much pressure. And I know that in Europe, no matter if you play for the club or for the national team, every game is important. You pass the test of your character every day, which gives you a chance to find out more about yourself. I am excited to be in CSKA. I know the club's history, I know it played in the Euroleague Final Fours for eight years in a row. I played in the Euroleague last when I was 21. And I am motivated more than ever to get back to the competition. I heard a lot of good words about the Russian League as well, which is one of the best on the continent."
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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