Big Blow to BC Radnicki Title Hopes Leo Svete Retires Due to Knee Injury! The American guard for Radnicki recently suffered a serious knee injury in a practice. It was his third serious injury to the same knee and Leo has decided to retire and to focus on coaching basketball back in the US. It is a major loss for the team Radnicki and its coach Hasan Rikalo. The team was playing extremely well when this happened and was the favorites to get promoted to A2 league at the end of the seaso... [read more]
Big Blow to BC Radnicki Title Hopes Leo Svete Retires Due to Knee Injury!
The American guard for Radnicki recently suffered a serious knee injury in a practice. It was his third serious injury to the same knee and Leo has decided to retire and to focus on coaching basketball back in the US.
It is a major loss for the team Radnicki and its coach Hasan Rikalo. The team was playing extremely well when this happened and was the favorites to get promoted to A2 league at the end of the season.
The team isn't giving up and recently brought in a new center as well as two player transfers from Vogosca including Amin Sijeric and a 198cm guard Belmin Dedovic. The team still has young prospect Adis Alikadic who recently scored 32 points against KK Burch in the A2 league and has been on fire all season long. The team is deep, talented and well balanced to absorb such a tough loss and still reach their goals on the season.
Getting to Know Kenan Krupic! In a sleepy little Canadian town lives two talented young Bosnian Canadian basketball talents Kenan and Emir Krupic. Kenan is wrapping up his high school career where he has blossomed into and excellent guard who has improved every year in high school. He had the chance to work with Samir Sehic who currently plays college basketball in the US and has improved markedly since those days. As a 195cm guard who can both play on and off the ball he should continu... [read more]
Getting to Know Kenan Krupic!
In a sleepy little Canadian town lives two talented young Bosnian Canadian basketball talents Kenan and Emir Krupic. Kenan is wrapping up his high school career where he has blossomed into and excellent guard who has improved every year in high school. He had the chance to work with Samir Sehic who currently plays college basketball in the US and has improved markedly since those days. As a 195cm guard who can both play on and off the ball he should continue to improve as he moves onto the next level of his career after just ending his school basketball career. His younger brother Emir is just beginning his high school career and has just finished his freshman year in with the Burnaby South junior's team.
An interview and introduction to Kenan…
My name is Kenan Krupic, I was born on November 10 1999 in Burnaby BC, Canada. I come from a Bosnian background and I learned how to speak (Bosnian) it before I learned English, even though I was born in Canada. I have 3 brothers 1 younger and 2 older. Both of my older brothers have had a positive influence on me growing up because I have spent so much time with them as a kid and they have taught me everything I need to know not just for basketball but for life in general. I wanted to become a soccer player since my father was a pro player back in Bosnia before the war, but I had changed my mind after seeing my older brothers play basketball at the local community centers and schools and then from that point on my love for basketball outgrew my passion for soccer and luckily this was at an early stage of my life where I was still a kid so I had time to play basketball and develop more knowledge, skill and experience for it. I have always been the youngest in my grade so playing against older competition made me a much better player. I was never the best or the most confident player but I always had determination to get better and continue to work on my game physically and especially mentally.
Q) How old were you when you became interested in basketball? I was about 7 years old when I first became interested it all started when my oldest brother started bringing me to watch his men's league games and from there on I fell in love with the sport.
Q) When did you become serious with the sport and realize it could be more than just a hobby? When I was 10 years old I started playing organized basketball for a small community club team called Champlain basketball. I was never the best player but I had a lot of determination to become the best and from that point on I realized I wanted to make something out of basketball.
Q) What do you consider your strengths to be on the court? My strengths on the court would be my height advantage, strength and athleticism for my size and position, my basketball IQ, shooting and penetrating to the hoop, and controlling the pace of the game.
Q) What do you feel you need to do to take your game to the next level? I feel in order for me to take my game to the next level I need to continue to practice my shooting since shooting can take you a long way even if you aren't a physically gifted athlete. There is always room for improvement no matter how good I think I am.
Q) What has been your most memorable moment on the court? At 15 years old I already had my most memorable moment on the court by leading my team to win the junior boys BC provincial championship in 2015.
Q) What is your next step in basketball? I recently have just played my last game of high school basketball it was a disappointing season and as good as I player I am it just goes to prove that you can't do everything by yourself it requires a team effort to win championships so as the next step for me would be to continue to play in front of coaches and try my hardest to show off my skill and high potential.
Q) Who was your favorite player growing up and why? My favorite player growing up was always LeBron James because of the pure power he plays with and being able to take control of the game at any given moment which is something I strive for. There is nobody like him and there won't be for a while.
Q) Your Background is Bosnian, who is your favorite player from BiH and from the former YU and why? My favorite player from former YU has always been Drazen Petrovic simply because of how hard he competed against NBA greats like Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller. He never backed down from any trash talk, he proved doubters wrong, and he simply just competed harder than many players putting him at the top of my list for favorite players from the former YU.
Q) Is there anyone in the NBA that you try to model your game after? Currently I try modelling my game after Russell Westbrook. Obviously I'm not as athletic as him but doing things similar to him such as pushing the pace, going coast to coast, playing with power and controlling the tempo of the game is what strive to be like, John wall would also be another example of who I try to model my game after with the addition of an accurate spot up shot.
Q) Do you follow the Bosnian National team? Not the official men's team but I have watched some u16 and u17 Bosnian national team games and highlights so I know a little about that.
Q) Who is your favorite NBA team? If Vancouver still had a team it would be them but since they don't I would say the Toronto Raptors would be my favorite since they are still in Canada.
Q) What is the most important lesson you have learned through basketball? The most important lesson I have learned through basketball is too stay in control of your emotions no matter the result or the type of game you are playing. Staying in control of your emotions will help you move forward and improve not just on the next play down, but also in life.
Q) If there is something you could tell young kids who want to play basketball seriously, what advice would you give them? One thing for sure I would tell the kids that want to take basketball seriously is that dreaming and doing are two different things, if you really want to take basketball seriously and want to make something out of it you must work hard and continue to practice and get better it won't hurt to take at least an hour of your day every day to do something to benefit yourself and somehow improve your game. It can be anything from eating healthier to working out, studying game film or even putting up some extra shots because I can promise you will see nothing but results the same way I have been seeing results by putting in hard work because nothing comes easy, family and friends can only push you so far because at the end of the day it is all up to you and how good you want to become. Another thing is if you decide to take basketball seriously, one thing you should know is that having a bad attitude will do nothing but drag you and your teammates down, mostly yourself and I know personally because I used to have that problem. You must always stay in control of your emotions and stay engaged in the game and make sure you never get down on yourself after missing a shot or making a bad play, if something bad happens just make it up on the next play down either on offense or defense. There will always be mental obstacles in basketball you just need to find a way to overcome them because there always will be a way to overcome any obstacle.
Thanks to Kenan for giving me his time and good luck to him, his brother and the entire Krupic family!
Jusuf Nurkic is blossoming in Portland! Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94)is blossoming in Portland! Jusuf Nurkic has taken to his new surroundings in Portland quite well. When travelling with the Nuggets he visited the local Bosnian community while in Portland and found friends amongst the ex-pat community. Having some familiarity and knowledge helped ease his transition in his first trade in the NBA. Nurkic wasn't unfamiliar with moving around, coming from Bosnia as a youth, going first to Slo... [read more]
Jusuf Nurkic has taken to his new surroundings in Portland quite well. When travelling with the Nuggets he visited the local Bosnian community while in Portland and found friends amongst the ex-pat community. Having some familiarity and knowledge helped ease his transition in his first trade in the NBA. Nurkic wasn't unfamiliar with moving around, coming from Bosnia as a youth, going first to Slovenia and then Croatia all as a young man.
Nurkic was embraced in Denver but the circumstances changed during his time with the Nuggets and the development of the triple double machine Nikola Jokic in the post made Nurkic's future with the franchise untenable. This trade looks like a steal for Portland as they got the young talented Bosnian center in the trade and a first round pick. No one doubted his talent, it just wasn't possible to play the two players together and the emotional Nurkic wasn't happy coming off the bench for a few minutes a night at this point in his career.
Given the opportunity to play big minutes with Portland he has made the most of it in his first five games. For the first time in his career he is getting consistent minutes, not looking over his shoulder if he was getting pulled and playing through rough moments you would expect from a 22 year old center that only started playing basketball at the age of 14.He is averaging 30mpg 14ppg 8.6rbpg 3.8aspg 1.8stls and 1.8blks while shooting 58.3% from two and 73.7% from the FT line for his new team.. In his last game against the Thunder Nurkic played a major role in the 114-109 win for the Trailblazers. Nurkic played 38min with 18pts 12rbs 6ass 2stls 5blks while shooting 7-10 from the field and 4-5 from the FT line.
Nurkic showed his class on his way out of town for Denver when Nurkic posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts: "Thanks to the opportunities you have given me in the Denver Nuggets. Former teammates, fans and the club I wish all the best. Now it's time for new challenges!"
Given the opportunity to play and health he is likely to give Portland more of these exciting moments. No doubt great things will continue for this young Bosnian big man and all of his fans for them, this is just the beginning of something special.
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