Tag:CSKA Moscow
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: 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.

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