Pero Antic’s NBA career has ended. Image used under CC.
Pero Antic’s NBA odyssey has come to an end with the Macedonian signing for Turkish giants Fenerbahce Ulker. The first NBA player from the tiny Balkan nation, Antic spent his time largely as a back-up center for the Atlanta Hawks.
He has become a global icon for Macedonia and a cult figure for Atlanta Hawks fans – Pero Antic is one of the stories of the NBA season.
In July 2013 it was announced that Pero Antic had signed for the Hawks becoming the first Macedonian basketball player in the NBA. That night I went to a cracked cement court in a village nestled in southern Macedonia to shoot some hoops – the news on everyone’s lips.
But no-one on that court could have envisaged of what was about to come.