Andrei Kirilenko: “wouldn’t have taken a Swede in my team to strengthen the game from the bench”

Andrei Kirilenko: “wouldn’t have taken a Swede in my team to strengthen the game from the bench”

Andrei Kirilenko: “wouldn’t have taken a Swede in my team to strengthen the game from the bench”

The head of the Russian basketball Federation (RBF), Andrei Kirilenko spoke about the defender Alexei Shved, who signed a new contract with Khimki.

— How did the new contract Alexey Shved with “Khimki”? Upset that he did not return to the NBA?

He was in the NBA, if you wanted to go back, you would be looking for any opportunity to do so. But for what it is? He’s already got this experience. Believe me, if he was given concrete position of the player start, it would have gone. Now because of the pandemic, many clubs are trying to rejuvenate the squad. He’s already over 30. I don’t think many clubs in the League would be willing to take the age of the player acting on the position of the first and second numbers of a long contract. And he deserves exactly this. He does not need to go to the NBA to be on imitation, speaking for 15-17 minutes. A player of his type needs to play 30 minutes and only then it will be effective. I love it, but wouldn’t take him on my team to strengthen the game from the bench — said Kirilenko.

The Swede stands for “Khimki” in 2015, prior to that, he played for CSKA Moscow “Dynamo” and team of NBA “Minnesota”, “Philadelphia”, “Houston” and “new York”.

Andrei Kirilenko: “wouldn’t have taken a Swede in my team to strengthen the game from the bench”

Andrei Kirilenko: “wouldn’t have taken a Swede in my team to strengthen the game from the bench”

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