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AK-47: Russian in NBA

­Andrey Kirilenko – Basketball player

Russian athletic talents have always been well-known in the world. After the Iron Curtain fell, the best of them began playing abroad, for big and wealthy Western clubs. As Russian teams became richer, they also began hiring prominent foreign players… and sometimes even retrieving Russian stars. But despite big salaries, athletes still dream of playing in the NBA or the NHL, but not at home. So what does it take a Russian guy to become a sport celebrity in the West? Will Russian clubs ever become as prestigious, as Western ones? We’re asking the man who succeeded both in Russia and abroad, NBA star Andrey Kirilenko.