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Oklahoma City Thunder's Nenad Krstic apologizes for involvement in summer brawl

By John Rohde Modified: September 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm •  Published: September 27, 2010

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.

Watch video of the brawl


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