The transition to the NBA has always been a difficult one for basketball players. There are camps and seminars and training camp to get acclimated.
But, it's a lot.
Players suddenly have more money, but also a lot more responsibility and expectations that go along with them. That transition can multiply when a player comes from a different country, like Nets swingman Bojan Bogdanovic.
The 6-foot-7, 216-pounder was drafted by the Nets in 2011, but this is the first time he's been here, arriving with a three-year, $10 million contract and expectations to be a tall outside shooter the Nets can count on.
“It’s a completely different life,” the 25-year-old rookie told ESPN.com. “It’s a completely different country. I’ve had to adjust to many things.”
Changes you don't think about
Two of the things you don't necessarily think about with that transition from Europe, as the Wall Street Journal points out, is the 3-point line being further out and the ball being a different make.
So, a guy like Bogdanovic can be a great shooter in Europe but have to completely adjust in the U.S. He averaged 21.2 points per game during the FIBA Championships this summer, but now he has to deal with the longer three-point shot and an all-leather ball that gets heavier as it's used.
"I don't feel good with this ball," he told the Wall Street Journal, as he was working with the Nets' starters in training camp.
Familiar face as teammate
One thing that has been extremely helpful is having teammate Mirza Teletovic there to talk to. Both are from the same Bosnian town, Mostar, though Teletovic is four years older.
“He’s been helping me with a lot of things,” Bogdanovic told ESPN.com. “I talked to him several times over the summer while I was talking to Brooklyn. He was explaining things to me about the team and the city.”
He also has helped on the approach of adjusting to the NBA ball.
"Once it starts breaking in, and you start sweating and the sweat gets in, like, under the ball, it gets heavier," Teletovic told the Wall Street Journal.
"Repetition until you get really tired, until you really can't shoot anymore. My first year, coming home, I couldn't pick up a fork to eat."
Expectations not out of control
He is already playing with the starters, but Bogdanovic doesn't want to make any promises regarding his rookie year. He just wants to contribute and adjust.
“I just want to get some minutes to help my teammates and show what I can do,” said Bogdanovic. “Maybe I can become an all-rookie, but first I have to get minutes to play for Brooklyn.”