Thunder center Nenad Krstic previously apologized in a court of law, on national television, in newspapers and even tried to apologize in person. On Monday afternoon, he apologized again for his role in a melee while playing for the Serbia national team last month. Krstic was arrested and held overnight following an altercation against the host Greece team at the Acropolis tournament in Athens. After standing clear of the fight for more than 20 seconds, Krstic eventually came to the defense of a teammate. During his interview session at Thunder Media Day inside the downtown arena, Krstic was asked to share his side of “the incident.” “What incident?” Nenad said, cracking a smile and drawing laughter from reporters. “I had a lot of questions about this summer, but I’m going to repeat it again. It was just a bad, bad, bad incident,” Krstic said. “I was just trying to protect my teammate. Everybody who’s played sports, it happens. That’s part of the game, I guess. I’m not saying what I did is a good thing. It’s a very bad thing. It’s not going to happen again, definitely. First, I apologized in Greek court and Greek national TV, then Serbia national television. I just want to get done with it and try to focus more on the season.” Standing in front of the stands along the baseline, Krstic picked up a chair and threw it toward Greece’s Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who was pursuing him. The chair instead hit Yannis Bouroussis, who had not played for Greece because of a hand injury, and left him with a bloody wound on the side of his head. As punishment, Krstic was suspended for Serbia’s first three games of the FIBA World Championship, where Serbia placed fourth. “Like I said, this is not a good thing, especially for the kids,” Krstic said. “I apologize to everybody and just (want to) move on. I even apologized to that guy (Bouroussis). I didn’t mean to hit that guy. I tried to apologize to him in the hotel after the game. He didn’t want to accept. I apologized on national TV. I apologized after that in newspapers, so I'm going to apologize again. It’s a bad thing. That’s kind of the game we play over there. You represent your country. When you see your teammate laying down and somebody hitting your teammate, you try to protect him. That’s what I was trying to do.” Players from Serbia and Greece exchanged punches and kicks on the floor and in a tunnel leading to the dressing rooms. Two or three spectators tried to join the altercation, but were quickly shoved out of Athens Olympia Arena. “There were no police on the court,” Krstic said. “There were no security guards. I was scared. I saw the fans, half-naked, coming behind my back. I saw Greek players coming towards me. They were saying some bad things about my family. In that moment, you don’t think what going to happen. You just try to protect yourself. I was scared. That’s why I did that.” Thunder general manager Sam Presti and coach Scott Brooks said all is forgiven concerning Krstic. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s behind him and behind us,” Brooks said. “That’s so out of character for him. It shocked me.” Brooks said he first learned of the incident from his children. “I thought my kids were playing a spoof on me because kids are so good today with all this technological stuff,” Brooks said. Thunder power forward Nick Collison shook his head and said, “Nenad would be the last guy you’d expect to get in a fight, but I also know that sometimes you just lose it. That’s probably what happened there. There was a lot of emotion. “Out of all the guys in the entire league, he’d probably be in the bottom 10 percent of the guys you can picture getting in a fight.” Asked if his Thunder teammates have kidded him about the fight, Krstic said, “A little bit.” What’s been said? “It’s not for TV,” Krstic said with a smile.