Rodions Kurucs: I need that joyful basketball; in the NBA it’s hard to get it on the bench

2021-08-14T18:57:01+00:00 2021-08-14T19:04:42+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

14/Aug/21 18:57

Rodions Kurucs is hoping to have fun playing again with Partizan.

By Eurohoops team/

After three seasons in the NBA, Rodions Kurucs returned to Europe by signing with Serbian EuroCup club Partizan Belgrade. He’s one of the most notable summer transfers that the team has completed this offseason, together with guard Kevin Punter and big man Zach LeDay.

One of the things that Kurucs is looking forward to find at Partizan is the “fun for the game” that he missed for a part of his NBA run.

“That’s what I was also thinking about. I didn’t play a lot. For me, I need to have that joyful basketball and in the NBA it’s difficult to get it on the bench,” Kurucs said for Partizan TV upon his arrival at Belgrade.

Kurucs, 23, also agreed that being at Partizan could lead him to an NBA return. “Possibly,” the Latvian forward said when asked if working under Zeljko Obradovic is the best way for an NBA comeback.

While Kurucs played 20.5 minutes in his rookie season in the NBA (scoring 8.5 points), his playing time and numbers dropped in the following two years in the league. Last season he averaged 6.0 minutes with the Nets, Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks before he was waived by the latter in May.