Bojan Bogdanovic ahead of Utah Jazz Primetime game against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday talked about the team this season and the importance of playing at Primetime in Europe for the fans back home.
Q: For the first time in your NBA career your average is over 20 PPG. What’s been the key to finding your form in Utah?
BB: “I’m just trying to be aggressive, do whatever it takes to help my team out. We had a lot of injuries at the beginning of the year, so I just tried to step up and give something extra offensively.”
Q: What does it mean to you to be able to play at a time when European fans can watch you?
BB: “The NBA – it’s growing internationally. In Europe – in my country – they’re showing the games on national TV, so it’s great for people over there to see the best basketball in the world.”
Q: How much does it mean to fans in Croatia to watch NBA games live?
BB: “In my country, they’re showing the games on national TV. That didn’t happen for the last 20 or 30 years. It’s great for young fans and young kids to see that kind of basketball.”
Q: How much has European style basketball influenced the Jazz?
BB: “Quin (Snyder) was in Europe for a couple of years, so he brought back some European style of basketball. Also, the Jazz have been one of the best defensive teams in the league for the last couple of years. That’s also a Euro style of basketball.”
Q: What do you remember most about watching NBA games as a kid growing up in Croatia?
BB: “It was difficult. YouTube was not big enough. Back then, there was just highlights to see some of the games. Kukoc was big time so we were all following him… Now it’s way easier with social media and YouTube is big right now, so there’s games all around the world.”
NBA Saturdays presented by NBA2K20 on Sky Sports – part of a record 48 Primetime games live on Sky Sports starting from 7.00pm every weekend. This week on 21 December the Charlotte Hornets host the Utah Jazz on Sky Sports Arena from 10.00pm.