March 19, 2013
November 9, 2010
Whilst Googling for news about whether or not former Jazz and Suns guard Gordan Giricek had re-signed with his former team, Cibona Zagreb, I found something astonishing and very different. Very, very different.
The quote in the post title is a translation of the headline of this article from Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija. The full translation is reprinted below:
Croatian basketball player who plays in the NBA, Gordan Giricek, was examined yesterday at the Zagreb County Court as a suspect for the death threats against his ex-wife Natasha Gulan and her mother, Gordana.
Upon application of his ex-wife, the Municipal Public odjetniÅ¡tvo filed another half a year ago the County Court a request for investigative action against Giricek.
It charged that in late August last year while their daughter was with him on vacation in Selce, threatened by phone Natasha said: "I'm gonna kill you! Did you hear me? I'll kill you! ".
Similar threats later, according to the report, sent to the former mother in law.
Gordan Giricek was yesterday before the investigative judge Vanda Sento argued that the statements of his ex-wife's completely untrue, so it was denied a criminal offense.
August 21, 2010
- Gordan Giricek * - Croatian team KK Zadar were said to be interested in signing Giricek, but the move broke down because Giricek's salary demands were too high. Keep it right here, America, for your Gordan Giricek news.
February 25, 2010
- Gordan Giricek
Giricek is signed in Turkey with Fenerbahce Ulker. He is averaging 8.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in the Euroleague, alongside 7.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in the Turkish league.
Fenerbahce are currently second in the Turkish league with a 16-3 record, just behind the 17-2 Efes Pilsen. However, Efes are imploding a bit, because their star signings haven't really worked out. Bostjan Nachbar has made some rumblings about being dissatisfied there, and star guard acquisition Igor Rakocevic and the coach hate each other. So Fenerbahce are very much in the hunt.
Giricek was originally drafted by the Mavericks in 1999, but was traded twice before he arrived in America. First, his rights were traded to San Antonio along with those of Chris Carrawell for the rights to Leon Smith (famous for trying to kill himself), and then three years later the Spurs traded them to the Grizzlies for a 2004 second rounder (which the Spurs used on Romain Sato, who never played a game in the NBA.) I think Jerry West's tenure in Memphis was a bit overrated, but this was a good under-the-radar move.
(Does anyone else think Giricek's picture here is basically just Kendall Gill's picture with the colours inverted?)