And-Ones: Larkin, Kulboka, Brussino, U17 World Cup

Shane Larkin won’t return to the NBA unless he’s guaranteed consistent playing time, Andrew Favakeh of reports. Larkin has established himself as one of the top point guards in Europe and played for Istanbul’s Anadolu Efes this season. In his last NBA stint in 2017/18, Larkin played 54 games for the Celtics. “I will not go back to the NBA as a third point guard,” Larkin said. “So, if any team asks about that, we’re not even gonna answer the phone.”

We have more from around the basketball world:

  • Hornets’ draft-and-stash prospect Arnoldas Kulboka has officially re-signed with Spanish club Bilbao Basket for two more seasons, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. The 22-year-old Lithuanian forward was selected by the Hornets with the No. 55 overall pick in the 2018 draft, but has yet to sign an NBA contract. His agent previously stated that that if not for the coronavirus pandemic, his client planned to join Charlotte next season. It’s uncertain whether there are any opt-outs in Kulboka’s newest contract.
  • Former NBA wing Nicolas Brussino has re-signed with Spain’s Casademont Zaragoza, Carchia notes in a separate Sportando story. The Argentinean was averaging 9.8 PPG and 4,0 RPG in ACB. Brussino’s last appearance in the NBA came during the 2017/18 season, when he played four games with Atlanta.
  • The FIBA U17 World Cup has been cancelled, Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweets. It had previously been postponed until August. FIBA will look into holding the event next year, Givony adds.
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8 thoughts on “And-Ones: Larkin, Kulboka, Brussino, U17 World Cup

  1. Hey Larkin, you got to answer the phone to find out what is to be asked of you…

    Somebody get this kid a participation trophy and send him home. I suppose it must be hard for someone to be hailed as one of the best in Europe but a fringe player in the NBA. So sad.

    • drchilmrichalds

      do you have any idea what the pay discrepancy is between best player in Europe and third string NBA PG?

      Get your worth wherever you can get it. Everyone in the world follows that logic. Not sure why Larkin should be condemned for that.

  2. Jeff Zanghi

    That’s kind of a bizarre stance by Larkin… you’d think he’d want to get back to the NBA. On that note… his 3pt % is absurd… if he could shoot anywhere close to that in the NBA you would think a team would be interested in at least giving him another shot. Idk about ‘guaranteeing’ him playing time though… that seems a bit far fetched for ANY player playing anywhere but the NBA.

    • drchilmrichalds

      The pay discrepancy between being the guy in Europe and being the third string PG in the NBA is vast. Any contract offer from the NBA is going to be indicative of his perceived role. He doesn’t need to come to the NBA on a “show your worth” deal. He’s shown it.

  3. Redmobb7

    Being the man on your European team/ getting paid better than he would here as a 3rd stringer>>>>>

    Maybe trey Burke will follow soon

    • x%sure

      Yes why not burn some bridges with ‘guarantee’

      I think guarantees do happen though. For salaries, they’re getting players paid for no output.

  4. mikedickinson

    Larkin was very good with the Celtics a few years ago. He should have a job as a backup point guard in the NBA.

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