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Spencer Dinwiddie would neither confirm nor deny. DeAndre Jordan said “no comment,” maintaining that he was a bystander who wasn’t actually involved. Kenny Atkinson said he wasn’t invited to participate. “There was a player’s lounge,” he said. “No coaches allowed. [There was] a sign on the door.” And Taurean Prince says he watched, but didn’t play.
This is the legend of Dzanan Musa, the self-proclaimed UNO champion of the Brooklyn Nets. Nets players spent their 15-hour flight from China back stateside bonding with one another. “A 15-hour flight causes you to kind of interact with people, get to know them a little more, ask questions, figure people out,” Prince said. "I think that goes a long way with great teams and the ones who win it all are the ones who are in it together.”
Dinwiddie, Jordan and Prince each acknowledged the players spent a chunk of their time in the air playing cards. One game they played was UNO, and an unlikely champion emerged.
Musa is the man, but not just at the cards table. His steady progression from G-League assignee to potential rotation player in a pivotal upcoming Nets season is something worth monitoring.
Musa is of Bosnian descent and played for the Croatian club Cedevita for four years before the Nets drafted him with the 29th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship Game MVP in 2015 and earned EuroCup Rising Star, Adriatic League (ABA) Top Prospect and All-ABA Team honors in 2018. His Cedevita team won the Croatian League championship in each of his last three years entering the draft.
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