Roko Ukic end season interview
Old 04-24-2009, 02:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When u draw a line, how much are u satisfied with your first season in the NBA?

I think i can be satisfied couse i didnt knew what to expect. There was good and bad moments as well as some good and bad games i played. I spend some time on the bench also. When the line is drawn i am satisfied for playing 73 games while averageing 13 minutes per game.

U averaged 13 minutes and scored a little more then 4 ppg, as a known analist, what those numbers represent to you?

The numbers arent key factors, but they certenly show u way of things. If we are gonna concentrate on them, then some factors dont go into my behalf. I played alot of times only 1 minute, and that goes into statistic too.U dont have alot to doo in that time. But i think that impresion is more relevant, to catch a status and get continuosy. Now they know what i can do, but so do i, so i can work on some thingsfor the next season to be able to get a status of a solid NBA player.

Is that what u expected as a kid when u dreamed of going to America?

Basicly it is. there werent any positive or negative suprises. I talked to alot of former NBA players, and i was watching it alot as a kid.

In which segments did u improved the most?

I got tougher. When the first contact comes i simply pass. I did not get any extra pounds or phisics, but i play more agresive. That is my only way out. There is no room for soft play, u have to play with alot of selfconfidence and agressivnes. I live there by those driveing, it is my bread. I have advanced in shooting also, but when u play little like i do, then u focus on things u do better. My shooting stats are bad now, but when i get continousy i recon that will improve too.

Are there things u could and should have done better?

I could have done better in many ways, there is always a space for progress. But i should be patient considering they way i came into the league. I didnt have the clasic way, did 2 years in Spain searching for myself and then after a solid year in Italy, went there. Things werent like i imagined.... Now i need to continue working, have a clean head and when oportunity arives react good.

U played in Europe , now u are in the NBA, what are the basic differences?

Differences are pretty big , in rules in the first place... those defencive 3 seconds change the game alot. And 3 of course , meter is in fact pretty big. Alot of work is needed to get continousy in shooting couse there is big difference in shooting from 7.25 and from 6.25. Positive is thet the season is shorter. It doesnt matter if the games are more dense, u have more time to regenerate for the national team aswell as next season.On the other hand fans are not as pasionate as in Europe. There is no atmosphere that can drive u to play better. All in all, for my taste positive.

Toronto had a bad season, more loses then wins... What are the reactions when the losses start comeing?

There is no drama around lose. Preasure is alot smaller then in Europe. GM has all the authority to get the best posible team. If it is a unsuccesfull season, u start to look towards next one, no pressure, no punishment. Players are treated better, and the pressure is more on the coach and managers. If there are no "earthquakes" players who started usually finish the season too.

You still have 2 years of contract with the Raptors, of course it is posible for u to be traded to the next club?

I would like to stay but u can not influence that. If i were to think about it i would go crazy. It is enough to think of all the players who were traded, From Drazen, Toni, Shaq, so it is posible taht will hapen to me also. My plans are tied to Toronto, and nothing gave me a glimpse i could go somewhere else. They stated they were satisfied with my game, but it doesnt mean anything. I wouldn`t wanna go just like that, just to close the financial part of the contract, i would like to go in a team that wants me.

We assume u watch playoffs, what are your favorites for the title?

It would be a big suprise if Cavs-Lakers finale wouldnt occur. Cavs are gonna walk there couse both Boston and Orlando have injury issues. West has a different story, but i dont see a team that can put Lakers in danger. It is hard to say who is gonny win, both are extra teams, with 2 extra individuals and the tiny things will decide.

On the end of the summer u are expected in national team, and thenin the Euro`s. What are your expectations?

National team was allways important to me, and now i have an extra motiv couse i have to be objective and say i didnt play spectacular so far, i ve always been better in season then in national team. there is 10 more years for me there and i have the time to show it. With the return of Vujcic and others who had a good season we have the right to hope. Final goal is to break the curse of quarterfinals which lasts for i dont know how long.

Do u watch croatian championship? Split lost to cibona on home court.

I was on the game and it wasnt spectacular, they have problems and i hope that privatisation is gonna help them to get bigger names and better team....

You write columnes for a basketball portal, how did u decide for that?

I dont mind as i like to write, alos for the popularity of the baskeball sport i decided to write those 10 columns. Critiques were positive, so it turned out good. It is convinient for me while season lasts as i have more time, and maybe i also continue it next season.


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Old 04-24-2009, 06:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool - thanks a bunch max.

I noticed he blamed the fans. Hmmmm...

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On the other hand fans are not as pasionate as in Europe. There is no atmosphere that can drive u to play better.
Of course he's right though.
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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nah i dont think he meant it as a blame... few months ago i made a topic and posted a few youtube links (it was removed, ) about fans in europe, different culture just that.

But i do wonder why dont u Canadians atleast organize in cheering groups?

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YOu know why the fans here suck because half of them are the rich people that don't say anythin and the people that get into the game too much get kicked out
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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the hole lower bowl of Raptors and leafs games are pretty much all corprate seatings........why is a guy in a suit with his family at the game start cheering and go wild....im sure if they lower ticket prices it will attracked younger, more enthusiastick, and wilder/louder fans.....the upper bowl is always the louder place to sit....cuz teens with passion can afford the tickets....to bad its a buisness and they just simply dont care...
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Maybe Roko should take look at this place when we make the playoffs....but of course we didn't make the playoffs. If this guy is the back-up point guard next year, the Raptors are in trouble. He clearly wasn't ready and the Raptors had one of the worst bench production in the NBA.
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Maybe Roko should take look at this place when we make the playoffs....but of course we didn't make the playoffs. If this guy is the back-up point guard next year, the Raptors are in trouble. He clearly wasn't ready and the Raptors had one of the worst bench production in the NBA.
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I though Roko did a fantastic job as a back-up to Jose this season. Outside of a suspect jumper, the kid has great handles and loves to penetrate the key. His defense was nice as well.

I don't understand all this hate and dislike for Ukic.
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We have fan sections/organized groups for TFC

basketball is hard b/c of the 41 home games and the cost of tix
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I though Roko did a fantastic job as a back-up to Jose this season. Outside of a suspect jumper, the kid has great handles and loves to penetrate the key. His defense was nice as well.

I don't understand all this hate and dislike for Ukic.
Our goal this year was to make the secound round of the playoffs. The last 2 years we always had strong bench production with either Jose or TJ leading the pack. With guys on the bench who can't create their shot (Kapono, Humphries, Pops, Graham), we needed a playmaker who can initiate the offense and make smart decisions. The Raptors had the worst bench production in the NBA:

NBA Starter Reserve/Bench stats

Roko did show flashes of brilliance and a strong work ethic, but this team needed a better back-up point guard with the skillset of its bench players. Alot of the blame goes to BC, placing the responsibilities of the back-up point guard position on two unproven rookies (Will Solomon & Roko Ukic). Also BC relied on Calderon logging alot of minutes, that didn't happen either.
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Our goal this year was to make the secound round of the playoffs. The last 2 years we always had strong bench production with either Jose or TJ leading the pack. With guys on the bench who can't create their shot (Kapono, Humphries, Pops, Graham), we needed a playmaker who can initiate the offense and make smart decisions. The Raptors had the worst bench production in the NBA:

NBA Starter Reserve/Bench stats

Roko did show flashes of brilliance and a strong work ethic, but this team needed a better back-up point guard with the skillset of its bench players. Alot of the blame goes to BC, placing the responsibilities of the back-up point guard position on two unproven rookies (Will Solomon & Roko Ukic). Also BC relied on Calderon logging alot of minutes, that didn't happen either.
Having "Forderon" was a dream that rarely ever happens in basketball, but what kind of back-up PG are you looking at who's going to be that effective and "create their shot" on a consistent basis? If anything, those issues will be addressed at SG by BC and not at the back-up PG spot.

Roko's young and gained alot of experience this season and I guarantee we'll continue to see growth and improvements to his game this fall. Don't write him off so quickly. We have many other bigger problems/issues to address this summer. Roko's play is the least of our worries at this point.
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When you rely on a rookie to carry a heavy work load your in trouble unless that rookie is either Chris Paul or Derrick Rose.

The comment on the fans is true to be honest. Fans shouldn't get excited simply when it's a playoff game. They should be excitable and create a "hostile" environment. A true home court advantage.

Also something that caught my eye was his opinion on how the players essentially face little pressure and that most of the pressure is on the GM and Coach. Interesting yet not at the same time.

Kid has a future.
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I take pride in the fact that Canadian people don't go nuts at sporting events.

We have lives outside sport, we are level headed.

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Everytime Ukic was alowed to play for more than 5-8 mins he produced big numbers and was a spark. Problem last year was not in the back-up PG spot as Calderon played 35 mins every game when healthy.
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Ukic sucks.
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Ahhhh! Yeah he does. If he didn't, AP wouldn't have had to play instead of him, i know he was a rookie but come on. And if he didn't suck BC would have more confidence in him for next season and wouldn't be saying he needs to get another PG this summer.
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I like Ukic, and not only because we both come from the same country/region, but because he has shown a lot of potential.
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I wasnt gonna quote but someone brought the topic out of dead.

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I take pride in the fact that Canadian people don't go nuts at sporting events.

We have lives outside sport, we are level headed.


And i admire u for being proud couse u should be, like everyone else.

You have a life outside sport, yet u still come here on forum 20 times a day and u post 10 times a day as well, this of course does not tell me anything..

But saying u are level headed and others europeans/s.americans are not is a shown ignorance at its best and is insulting. It only shows the level of informations, u were thought dureing your education.


You trash talk americans on forum bout their way/style of life everywhere u can, but somehow u still absorbed, fish&chips and XXXL cola dureing games. In case u was wondering what the hell i wrote here it was "transferred meaning".

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