Early in the second quarter of the men's quarter-final basketball game between Spain and Croatia on Wednesday, a scene played out that is sure to be duplicated this coming NBA season on the Toronto Raptors' practice court.
There was Toronto's starting point guard, Jose Calderon
of Spain, at the top of the key. Playing defence against him was Roko Ukic of Croatia, the Raptors' new backup point guard, set to join the team from the European professional ranks next month.
Calderon dribbled left, pulled up and sank a three-point shot over Ukic, one of several easy baskets for the world champions, who dispatched Croatia 72-59 to move into a semi-final game against Lithuania on Thursday. The United States will play Argentina in the other semi.
Call it Ukic's first in-house lesson. It came from a teacher with whom he has a history.
Croatia's Roko-Leni Ukic looks dejected at the end of the men's Olympic quarterfinal loss to Spain. (AFP/Getty Images)
Welcome to the Raptors, rook.