Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
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Lokomotiv Kuban lands center Brezec
Jul 25, 2011
Eurocup newcomer Lokomotiv Kuban found a center to steamroll the opposition by signing Primoz Brezec, who was the most dominant player of the Eurocup regular season last year. With fellow Russian side Krasnye Krylia, Brezec (2.16 meters, 31 years old) led the competition with 20.8 points per game and was second with 9.7 rebounds per game. He led the Eurocup in performance index rating (30.2) too. He posted 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in the Russian League. Brezec came up through youth system at Kraski Zidar in his native Slovenia and made his professional debut with Union Olimpija as a teenager. He later spent eight seasons in the NBA with Indiana, Charlotte, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. His best season overseas came in 2004-05, when he averaged 13 points and 7.4 rebounds in 72 games for Charlotte. His career averages in the NBA are 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 342 regular season games. Brezec spent the 2008-09 season with Virtus Roma, where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in the Euroleague. Brezec is also a regular with the Slovenian national team. Last summer at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey, he was worth 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
"I have known Primoz for many years. I even know his father, who was a quite famous Slovenian basketball player in the past," Lokomotiv head coach Bozidar Malkovich said. "Both father and son are good players. Primoz is a very talented, I would say even a skilled basketball player. He is a very experienced player; he knows all the wisdom of basketball. He shoots three-pointers well and can play both the '4' and '5' positions. His height is another advantage. Last season Brezec played in Russia at a high level. I know that for many foreign players, adapting to the Russian League is not easy. But not for Primoz. He knows Russia, loves this country, and this is another plus. Once again, Primoz Brezec is not only a good player, but a great man. This year, Primoz will not play for the Slovenian national team for family reasons. But next year, his name is sure to be in the national team."