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Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  12 responses

In Case of Lockout, Andrei Kirilenko to Play in Russia

AK47 recently became an American citizen, but that won’t stop him from playing for a Russian team should the NBA lockout its players next year. From the Salt Lake Tribune: “Kirilenko initially said during the early part of the 2010-11 season that he would consider playing in Russia if a lockout occurred. But he acknowledged at the time that he would have to weigh his health and long-term future with a desire to return to his homeland. However, the 10-year Jazzman said Wednesday prior to tipoff against the New York Knicks that there is no question he will cross the globe to play basketball if the NBA has a widely predicted work stoppage. ‘If lockout happens, I will definitely go back to Russia and play on Russian team,’ said Kirilenko, who added that his new United States citizenship has no bearing on his basketball-related future.”

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  • http://gmail dirty frank

    ok

  • JD

    The fact he’s an American citizen has taken away all coolness he had before of being russian and having the nickname AK47

  • rayray

    the dude needs to learn the value of prepositions when talking – if (the) lockout happens, I will definitely go back to Russia and play on (the) Russian team. Na im just joking.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Sarah Palin can watch his games from her patio..

  • http://yahoo.com The Ambassador

    Lets call him M-16 now since he’s American.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    And Dirk Nowitzki will play here in Germany…..sorry I had a dream.

  • spit hot fiyah

    @rayray the is the definte article right, and not a preposition

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Alright, since Boss Terry brought it up, now I gotta defend my state.
    First of all, I hate Palin.
    But when Tina Fey did her Palin act on SNL and did the whole “I can see Russia from my house” bit everyone kind of took as that’s what Palin said.
    What she said was that you can see Russia from Alaska, which is true.
    Alaska is freakin’ HUGE, and at it’s most western point it is only 55 miles from Russia.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @ Enigmatic- I didnt mean any disrespect to the people of Alaska, I hope you didnt take it that way, was just poking a little fun at Palin.. :)

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    In russia, vodka locks you out

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    It’s all good, BossTerry.
    Poke all you want. She’s as hated or more up here as she is down there too, believe it or not.

  • Nick

    bigger picture though…wow adds to a growing list of players looking abroad for options..i know ive read granger,dahntay jones, shaq, brandon jennings, etc just off the top of my head that are considering it

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