When Mirza Teletovic was an aspiring 16-year-old basketball player in his native Croatia, he had a chance to come to the United States to play in college.
''Gonzaga and UConn were interested in me,'' said Teletovic, one of the new members of the Brooklyn Nets. ''But I was a young guy, and I wanted to stay close to home.''
Now, more than 10 years later, and after playing professional basketball in Europe, the 6-foot-9 Teletovic has decided to finally come to the United States and give the NBA a try.
And where else we go? Brooklyn, of course. After all, the Nets are making waves in their new surroundings, they have added several new pieces to the puzzle in this, their summer of change, and Teletovic wanted in.
On Thursday, he was introduced to the media.