Tag:Andrei Kirilenko
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:13 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 5:16 pm

Andrei Kirilenko to remain in Russia for season

Posted by Ben Golliverandrei-kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko, arguably the NBA's best remaining unsigned free agent, has taken himself off the market.

RT.com reports that Kirilenko will remain in Russia, where he is currently playing for powerhouse CSKA Moscow, rather than return to the NBA during the 2011-2012 season.
“During this month I considered different options, weighting out all pros and cons, and I came to the conclusion that I should finish this season with CSKA,” Andrey Kirilenko told CSKA’s official website. “We’ve developed great team chemistry, the real team in the first part of the season. It would be inappropriate to stop halfway. It would be unfair toward my teammates and, more importantly, toward fans. I know how many people count on me.”

“To play for CSKA is a great pleasure and fun, and I will do my best to win all the tournaments we are participating in. I am thankful to club’s management for patience in my difficult situation. Thank you very much to all the fans for their support. Come to our games to cheer for CSKA,” the 30 year-old added.
Kirilenko, 30, played 10 seasons for the Utah Jazz, posting career averages of 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 assists. Back in October, the versatile two-way player signed a three-year contract to play for CSKA Moscow, but the deal included an opt-out clause which would have allowed a return to the NBA.

A star on the Russian national team, Kirilenko was reportedly being pursued by the Sacramento Kings, among other teams, during the abbreviated preseason free agent period.

In November, Kirilenko endured a scary fall, suffering a concussion and breaking his nose when he slammed his head on the hardwood. 
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:50 pm

Free Agent Buzz 12.15.11: Signing Day

Posted by EOB

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz.

10:16 p.m.
  • The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they re-signed Steve Novak to a 1-year deal.
8:50 p.m. ET:
  • Sportando.net reports that Jeff Adrien, who had been playing in Italy, is bouncing out on Bennetton Basket so that he can sign a deal with the Houston Rockets
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 10:08 pm

Andrei Kirilenko suffers concussion, breaks nose

Posted by Ben Golliverandrei-kirilenk-bandage

When NBA experts spent all summer talking about the "risk of injury" when players headed overseas to play, this is what they had in mind.

Former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who has been dominating Euroleague play this fall for Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, slammed his head on the court during a Russian league game against Krasnye Krylye on Saturday. 

SportsRU.com reported that Kirilenko suffered a concussion, broke his nose and will undergo further medical evaluation. It's not yet known how long he will be sidelined. 

The injury occurred as Kirilenko attempted to provide weakside help defense on an entry pass. As he flew in to break up the pass, he got tangled up and crashed to the floor, slamming his head on the hardwood. Blood immediately started flowing from above his left eye, and CSKA's medical staff rushed to his attention. His head was quickly bandaged and he was helped off the court, walking under his own power. 

Kirilenko, 30, is an unrestricted free agent. He averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game for the Jazz last season. Earlier this week, he was named Euroleague weekly MVP.

Here's the video of the injury uploaded to YouTube by user pbleague.

Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:40 am

Jazz' Kirilenko signs with CSKA Moscow

By Matt Moore

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that free agent Andrei Kirilenko has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow in his native Russia. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out for Kirilenko to return to the NBA if and when the lockout ends. 

Kirilenko is expected to re-sign with the Jazz once free agency starts, at a greatly lowered salary from the huge deal he just finished playing under which paid him $17.8 million in 2010-2011. Kirilenko never really lived up to the promise he became a do-it-all forward. It was expected that Kirilenko would develop into the kind of overall product that Lamar Odom is at times for the Lakers, but injuries and role issues have made him largely irrelevant, not to mention the complexities that have existed in Utah over the past several seasons. 

The key here is Kirilenko's opt-out. As a free agent, it was conceivable that he would simply head home and be done with it, but the opt-out ensures he'll be back. If Kirilenko doesn't return to the Jazz, he'll become one of the better free agents on the market, despite that disappointment over the past several seasons. At 30 his best seasons are behind him, but he can contribute enough to garner significant interest from multiple teams on an open market. 

Assuming he's still 30 when we actually get a free agency.  
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 12:01 am

Super fan tattoos Kobe Bryant's head on his leg

Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-leg tattoo

Last week, we pointed you to the curious case of Nathan Blackhall, a LeBron James super fan who tattooed the All-Star Heat forward's face on his leg, giant headband and all.

Just when we thought James had the "NBA player with an obsessed fan who went way too far with the body art" crown wrapped up, an excellent and familiar challenger emerged: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Bryant has been around longer, won five more rings, played in a larger market and established a global popularity that makes him the gold standard for James to match, along with Michael Jordan, of course.

So it comes as no surprise that a member of Bryant's large legion of devoted followers crammed a giant portrait of Bryant on his lower leg, an image even more detailed and rich than the James monstrosity.

Just take a look to the right. Bryant is pictured in a thoughtful pose, chin resting on his hand as if he's deep in thought and eyes looking out to the distance.  

Unfortunately the fan has yet to be publicly identified. Well, maybe that is fortunate, given the endless mocking that always results from this painted tributes.

Want to see more NBA tattoos? We've got you covered.
Hat tip: Complex.com.
Posted on: July 4, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 6:12 pm

EuroRumors: Ibaka, Landry, Kirilenko in the mix

Posted by Royce Young

The mass exodus to Europe because of the lockout hasn't happened quite yet and probably won't. There's not nearly as much money there as some think and the risk of injury simply isn't worth it.

However, over the weekend we told you about Rudy Fernandez's reported offer to go back to Spain. Possibly joining him overseas? Serge Ibaka, Carl Landry and Andrei Kirilenko.

Kirilenko is an unrestricted free agent so he can obviously sign anywhere without consequence. Via Talk Basketball:

"I’m in a better situation than the players who have valid contracts with NBA teams. If the lockout ends they will have to return to their teams. As a free agent I can play the entire next season in Europe, or even more than one season."

So that's one fairly big name. Landry, also a free agent, is rumored to have mutual interest with Armani Jeans Milano, via Gazetta della Sporta. Only rumor and speculation though as nothing concrete has been reported there.

But in Ibaka's case, he told a Spanish radio station via the Oklahoman, the he would consider going back to Spain to play professionally.

"If there is a lockout, and there are not many complications to play in the CBA, I would like to return here to play," Ibaka reportedly said. "I would rather play to stay in shape rather than stay idle. We do not know how the lockout will go or the possibility for a player leaving the NBA to come to play here. But I would like an opportunity to play at a site where people like me."

Ibaka, unlike Kirilenko and Landry, is still under contract with the Thunder so it would be a complicated situation for him to go back. There hasn't been a real decision yet whether or not players currently under contract in the NBA would even be allowed by FIBA to play overseas.

But Ibaka played in Spain for Ricoh Manresa before joining the Thunder two seasons ago, so obviously he's familiar and comfortable there. I'd say it's a highly unlikely scenario and more just Ibaka talking than anything else.

Fact remains though, Europe is on players' minds. At least the money there is.


Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:36 am

Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Well, this tattoo is certainly better than getting some type of World of Warcraft shrine inked on your back like Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, but it still feels extreme.

Pictured below is the chest of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, which is now covered in a giant tree tattoo. Have a look.


Some of the design elements here are next level. His bellybutton is apparently serving as a hole in the tree's massive root system, there are angels sitting in the tree's branches over one half of his chest and a giant picture of his child on the other. At the top of the tree the words "Family First" are in huge letters, up among the branches and leaves, which in turn sort of blend into his two arm-sleeves.

I'm no dendrologist, but it's possible that this is a magnolia tree, the state tree of Mississippi. Ellis is a Jackson, MS native.

Also worth noting, on his left arm, Ellis has tattooed the words "Ellis Family" just in case the giant "Family First" reminder wasn't enough. If he should happen to want to enter his name into the field of 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, he's off to a good start.

This work appears on a MySpace.com page called Tattoos By Randy and Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, Orlando Magic wing Quentin Richardson and Indiana Pacers center Solomon Jones are other NBA players with tattooes pictured on the page. 

Hat tip: The Basketball Jones
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:16 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 9:18 pm

Andrei Kirilenko has a really creepy back tattoo

Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko got a creepy new tattoo on his back. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Tumultuous circumstances can lead to bad decisions. After decades of placid basketball life, the Utah Jazz underwent a pretty significant upheaval over the last six months, as longtime coach Jerry Sloan retired, franchise player Deron Williams was traded and the team missed the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005-2006.

Still, all that drama and new-found free time is no excuse for doing what Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko just did to his back. Yes, that picture above is Kirilenko getting some new ink. The pictures come via @Vicback on Twitter, who notes that the graphic was "finished in 12 hours."

The picture above actually isn't the finished product. Click here for that, which notes that the art "sits like a rock" on Kirilenko's back. Here's another shot for good measure.

As best I can tell, the image shows a knight with a shield and sword riding a gargoyle (?) with a tail like an alligator plus giant red, pumping hearts/lungs/wings (?). I guess "mythical" would be a polite and/or trendy way to describe this abomination.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Kirilenko isn't concerned with your mocking of his new artwork.
Yes, Kirilenko got a super-intense tattoo on his back. Jokingly said he's 30 — he can do what he wants. His kids dig it. So does he.
Sorry, Andrei, your kids are probably just being nice. Or they're terrified.
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