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 4. PAOK 7-7 
 5. Ventspils 7-7 
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 2 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 3 Peja 3-3 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-5 
Last:3/1/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.7 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen16.7 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.7.0 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen5.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.3 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.6 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 
 10. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 
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Interview with Aleksandar Radojevic, a 220cm tall former NBA player (Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz) - Mar 30, 2013


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Aleksandar
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Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC), a former player of NBA teams Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, has been playing professionally for more than 15 years. At 36 his long career has been writing its final chapters so Eurobasket.com took the opportunity to ask him about his past and present.

How you got interested in playing basketball? As a child you were extremely tall or you grew later?

In early childhood I played water polo and football because these two sports were the most popular sports there and I still love them. Until the end of elementary school I was taller than most kids my age but not too much. I grew taller mostly over the summer break between the end of elementary school and beginning of High School. I was 216 cm tall when I joined a basketball academy in Bijela where I lived, and there began my interest in what will be a part of my life till today.

As a talented player you transferred in the mid-90s to Buducnost. How important for a young inexperienced player was to move to a new force in the Yugoslavian basketball?

I joined Buducnost after they won their first domestic cup and as you say it was the new force in Yugoslavia. I was talented and thrilled because I expected Buducnost to be my stepping stone, but to be honest, at that point of my career I did not know much about basketball, and I did not have anybody to teach me basketball. After winning the National cup, Buducnost board members decided to bring famous coaches and players and did not pay undue attention to the talented guys. The focus was on good results and talented kids were of secondary importance. It is again my view of things, but I think I'm right.

How did you decide in 1997 to go to Barton County junior college? What has motivated you to go to America and try to make a career there?

As I have said before, I did not get the training I needed for optimal development of my basketball career and it was necessary because I started playing basketball when I was 16 year old. I decided to leave Yugoslavia and to seek my fortune elsewhere. After the arrival in the United States I got calls from many colleges and universities because of the height of 221cm, but I made the promise that I would go to Barton County junior college, and I found myself in the center of Kansas.. It was a small college and the things were tough at the beginning but I decided that there was no way back and to stay there no matter what anyone said. I spent the entire summer learning English and getting to know American culture. It was hard but the people were really a great help.

You excelled in college and earned the attention of NBA scouts and you were selected by the Toronto Raptors as #12 draft pick. Could you explain us the feeling you get while David Stern starts pronouncing your name?

A 23 year old chosen in the NBA draft? Its an amazing feeling and can not be described in one word, I guess at that point its some kind of a trance in your head, and to be chosen as lottery pick by the Toronto Raptors was definitely a dream come true. I knew that in the case Toronto had not taken me as 12th draft pick i would have been chosen by the New York Knicks as 15th Draft pick, because I had a guarantee from their general manager. Yet when my name was called by David Stern, I barely refrained not to cry, but after greeting him emotions prevailed and I cried like a baby. Despite the guarantee I did not believe it until he called my name.

In the NBA you have failed to make a big impact but you were remembered thanks to a photo with Tyrone Bogues (159-G-65, college: Wake Forest) from your days as a Raptor. That photo showed two contrasts-an extremely tall player and extremely short player. How would you rate your NBA career?

It is true that I did not accomplish anything in my NBA career, and its even true that I could have made a better career in Europe. Injuries were the reason why I left the NBA in 2001, two discus hernia surgery.. But in 2004 I returned to the Utah Jazz, and thus I was one of the few who came back. Admittedly I stayed there only half a season. I can not blame anyone for my ups and downs but I think it was the maximum that I was able to achieve at that point.

Did your enormous height help or damage your career?

My height only helped me in my life, and if I had not had this height I would not have had this career.

After playing in America you played for Olimpija from Ljubljana, PAOK, Telekom Bonn and many other well known teams. What is the difference between basketball in Europe and America, and which style suits you more as a player?

Returning to Europe in 2001 I played for Olimpija from Ljubljana, then Livorno, Telekom Bonn and PAOK before I accepted the offer from Utah Jazz and returned to the NBA. The difference is big especially when it comes to finances and organization. The only country that is approximately near to their living conditions is Germany, and France perhaps, and I believe it will remain so. Again this is my opinion and I can only speak for the countries where I played.

This season you played for Lirija in Macedonia along with another great former talent of Buducnost- Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances). Given that you are 36 year old for how long you plan to play basketball?

Yes, I played for Lirija in Skopje and I accepted the call of Balsa Radunovic with whom I've played before, and who is my friend. I had no intention to return to the former Yugoslavia, but it happened.

As for years of playing, I'd love to play somewhere else before I end my career because after so many years at professional level i do not want Lirija to be the last club of my career. But if that happens I will not regret. Yet another chapter in my life is slowly ending and it will soon be necessary to close the book.

What are your plans after you stop playing professional basketball?

I have plans to go back to live in Canada, but I will think about it when its all over. My goal would be to open a basketball academy there, but we will see.

Thanks for the interview. Eurobasket.com wishes you a lot of success in further career.

Thank you and I wish Eurobasket.com all the best in the years ahead.   




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