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.
Let’s be honest – the Celtics this season aren’t very good and the will he? won’t he? what should we demand for him? questions surrounding Rajon Rondo is no help. But that’s not why I am writing this post about. TD Garden has funnily enough become a home away from home for me in Boston.
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.