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Serbia, Greece brawl; Nenad Krstic throws chair

Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic is out of jail now, thank you very much, after bringing the thunder to a brawl that erupted during a basketball game involving his native Serbia and Greece in Athens.

Krstic was held overnight after the fight erupted during the last game of the Acropolis tournament. With the sound turned off, the brawl was oddly hypnotic, even balletic, if ballet dancers threw chairs and if one dancer nearly lost his plaid shorts. And if there was, you know, blood.

"This shouldn't have happened," said Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic, who has been hired to coach Olympiakos in Greece next season. "Relations with the Greeks are now very bad."

Ya think? The fight, the Associated Press reports, "began when Greece forward Antonis Fotsis had moved threateningly against Serbia guard Milos Teodosic, who had fouled him. Krstic grabbed Fotsis by the throat and threw a chair toward Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who was pursuing him. The chair hit Yannis Bouroussis, who had not played because of a hand injury, and left him with a bloody wound on the side of his head."

There will be an investigation and authorities released Krstic pending that.

"I don't know the rules, but I hope I won't be punished," Krstic told Serbian media. "An [act of] stupidity was committed, and I hope they will not punish us. The Greeks started the brawl, there were no guards and the [Greek] fans entered the court ... If they punish me, they must do it to others as well."

Just not before the inevitable rematch in the basketball world championships, which begin Aug. 28 in Turkey.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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"I don't know the rules"? Did he think he was allowed to throw a chair at a player who wasn't even playing?

Posted by: skinsboi | August 20, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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