Milos Teodosic nervous but ready for official NBA debut

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Milos Teodosic
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Milos Teodosic /

The LA Clippers rookie will be making his long-anticipated NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night.

Milos Teodosic isn’t new to basketball, the Euroleague veteran had been playing professionally over in Europe since he was just a teenager. But the Serbian rookie’s experience with the NBA is a whole nother story. Teodosic made the choice to sign with the LA Clippers over the summer, spurning the Chicago Bulls and a larger paycheck to play with a team that has playoff hopes rather than lottery aspirations. When the point guard made his Clippers debut in the preseason, fans around the league immediately took notice of Teodosic’s dazzling array of passes and eagle-like court vision. Now the Serbian basketball veteran looks to make his NBA rookie debut with the Clippers and help make an impact in his first season in the states.

“I’m excited and I’m happy that the season is starting,” a cleanly shaved Teodosic said, speaking to media after the Clippers’ Wednesday practice, “I’m nervous a lot, the first game is not easy but I hope we’re going to start the season with a win. That’s the most important thing.”

“Well now I’m nervous,” Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers said with a grin when the media told him that Milos had previously informed them he was nervous for his NBA debut. “He’s been playing basketball for a long time and now for the first time playing here (in the NBA), which was probably one of his dreams. He’s going to do it and he’s going to be great.”

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Teodosic will likely be coming off of the bench in his first official NBA game but will surely see some action against another well-known Los Angeles rookie point guard in Lonzo Ball. While Ball may garner a lot of the attention from the crowd and the commentators, Clippers’ fans know that Teodosic will surely steal that attention back with some jaw-dropping dimes and prove to the NBA and its viewers that he is the best rookie point guard in LA.