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Milos Teodosic: The defeat is accepted differently in the NBA

By Dionysis Aravantinos / [email protected]

Milos Teodosic is getting ready for his second year in the NBA, with the Los Angeles Clippers. In a recent interview he had with ‘Basketball Sphere,’ Teodosic talked about the NBA, traveling, Europe, as well as CSKA Moscow.

The 31-year old talked about the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague competition in comparison to the NBA: “There are advantages in both competitions. In Europe, however, there is more pressure, every game is crucial, while in the United States and the NBA it is different. The defeat is accepted differently. I’m getting used to it. It was weird in the beginning. The season is over in 82 games, but we had problems with injuries.”

And even if there are many back-to-back games in the NBA, and journeys across the country, Teodosic thinks Europe’s trips are tougher: “When you go to the East coast, you have a couple of games, and then a ten-day journey does not fall hard on you. It’s easier than when you fly from Moscow to Barcelona, and then you have to go to Krasnodar right away.”

Milos Teodosic’s previous team, CSKA Moscow is considered a powerhouse in Europe’s best competition. In a question regarding CSKA and its chances against an NBA team, Milos said the following: “It’s far from any NBA team. Much more concern about the players, the families of the players and everything related to us. It’s up to you to go out and play. In general, CSKA has fantastic conditions but…”

During this off-season, there were rumors that Teodosic may return to Europe, but he decided to remain in Los Angeles, as Eurohoops had reported: “I had until June 24 to decide whether I will stay. In Europe, there were not many teams that could financially respond. I think my decision to stay in LA was correct. I have another year in my contract with the Clippers, so we’ll see what the future holds.”

Finally, Milos Teodosic talked about Luka Doncic, praising him but also comparing him to the late, great Drazen Petrovic: “Since Drazen (Petrovic) there hasn’t been such a young, but great talent. Luka led Real Madrid to the European champion trophy and carried the whole team throughout the season. He plays that style of transition basketball, faster. He will need an adaptation period, but he’s got Dirk Nowitzki beside him, and he plays in a team that somewhat cherishes the European style. I’m convinced that has an amazing NBA career is in front of him. He moved to the NBA at the right moment, as he is 19 and can work on his body.”

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