Shabazz Napier, harsh attack from Serbia

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The Case Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier continues to cause discussion.

After the back-and-forth with Ettore Messina, the former Olimpia Milano player was harshly criticized by Miroslav Nikolic in the daily Kurir: "His behavior depends on what he is allowed to do. Can heè be fired? What kind of contract has he signed? I can tell you that such players would not play for me. È negative. He only plays in one direction (on offense, ed.). But there are many like him… Maybe they tolerate him because of his contract. He needs help, maybe he doesn’t è adapt… But if he can’t or won’t, then, my friend, let’s separate! When I evaluate a player when I get him, I ask right away what kind of person he is, what kind of psychology he has… Sometimes, even a weaker player canè contribute more than the best".

"He should probably leave… I would eliminate that situation. Because of such behavior, if he does not want to cooperate… È over! I have had such cases. Boy, don’t you want to make an effort! Then è è clear! By his behavior, he undermines the ’authority’of the coach. If è a professional, he must play in both directions (offense and defense, ed.), otherwise… I don’t want to repeat myself".

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