One of the Professionals, in the NBA

Mike Wells has a solid article today on what it means to be Rasho Nesterovic, hard at-work, in the NBA.


Litte-known Nesterovic plays key role in offense

[from a teammate]

“He’s what you call a good pro,” said point guard T.J. Ford, who is in his third season as Nesterovic’s teammate. He’s been in the league for a long time. He carries himself the way a professional should. He’s a hard worker. He’s just a smart player. He doesn’t have a big name. He never has. But if you ask around the NBA, they know he’s a solid player.”

[from his coach]

[Jim] O’Brien stopped a practice during the first week of training camp and told his team, “Get the ball to Rasho and good things will happen.”

“I would say his basketball IQ,” O’Brien said when asked to name Nesterovic’s best attribute. “I think he understands the game of basketball. He understands in particular what we’re trying to accomplish offensively. He understands the strengths of his teammates. He understands the weaknesses of his teammates. He’s a very, very good communicator.”

[from the man, himself]

He doesn’t waste time breaking down the box score. You won’t catch him patting himself on the back for what he did right or grimacing after a woeful shooting night.

“I don’t like it,” he said. “There are a lot of guys that play for just stats. You don’t want to play for just box scores.”

“During the game, you just try to make every pass good, every shot good, every defense good,” he said. “You are just in the flow of the game.”


Tells you all you need to know about a player whose team has never missed the playoffs, over the course of his 10-year career, and what it takes to develop a Reputation for Success, in the best basketball League in the World.

To one of the Good Guys: Peace, Brother.

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3 Responses to “One of the Professionals, in the NBA”

  1. Dave Says:

    I think Rasho Nesterovic is currently having his best season as a pro. He’s been impressive.

  2. Travis Outlaw Says:

    Didn’t KG one of the best players in the game absolutely hate Rasho. And was so happy when he got traded. And didn’t Rasho become David Robinson’s replacement in San Antonio? And failed. As Nazr Mohammed outplayed him. And he was later traded to the Raptors and then again to the Pacers.

  3. khandor Says:

    As far as I know, Garnett has never expressed dislike of Nesterovic.

    The Spurs won an NBA championship with Nesterovic playing beside Tim Duncan.

    Nesterovic and Mohammed were two excellent complimentary parts in San Antonio to go with the Big Fundamental. Neither one was ‘moved out’ for the other.

    If I recall correctly … Rasho was replaced with Matt Bonner, a less talented Big overall but a better shooting perimeter player overall, in hopes of stretching out the defense for the Spurs.

    The Pacers are playing better basketball this season with Nesterovic in their line-up than they played previously with Jermaine O’Neal. The types of compliments Rasho has received thus far in Indiana were never heard from Jim O’Brien or Larry Bird re: Jermaine O’Neal.

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