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Today in overseas basketball brawls: Krstic vs. Big Sofo

Aug 19, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT


Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. During a “friendly” match between Greece and Serbia’s national teams, a fight broke out between two of the players. There were harsh words, some shoving, and it looks like the Serbian player spit at the Greek one. That led to lots more shoving, halfhearted punching, and a general scrum made up of lanky people putting their hands in each other’s faces.

Then Big Sofo got involved. For those of you who don’t know, “Big Sofo” is Sofoklis Schortsanitis, the 6-9, 345 pound center who plays for the Greek National team and played for the Clippers’ squad during Summer League. Having covered that Summer League, I can tell you that Schortsanitis is the largest athlete you will ever see play basketball. He has his own gravitational field. It is insane. 
Sofo originally got pushed away from the main scrum, but later made his way over to where a Serbian player had fallen and apparently started attempting to beat him. In an attempt to get Sofo away from his teammate, Thunder center Nenad Krstic started hitting Sofo in the back. Sofo then turned towards Krstic, who promptly realized he would rather be anywhere else in the world. Krstic retreated to the sidelines, grabbed a chair, and winged it towards the scrum, although it appears to have only hit a trainer. Again, just one of those things you don’t see every day. 
  1. George - Aug 19, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Krstic did not hit a trainer with the metal chair. He hit Ioannis Bouroussis, a player of our national team. He was not in the roster due to recovering from an injury. Krstic took care to give him a bloody head. That was Krstic’s “thank you” to Bouroussis for stopping Big Sofo from beating down Krstic….

  2. sotos - Aug 19, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Krstic hit Bourousis on the head -not a trainer-
    he is playing for Olympiakos n he was just in the midle preventin Sofo from heating Krstic
    bourousis had injured his arm in another match so he wasnt even participating in the specific friendly match
    everything begαn when the referee dissmised serbia’s coach Dusan IvKovic (who happens to be the new coach of the greek team Olympiakos)
    who was complainin about some ref decisions
    referee was hyperbolic n Ivkovic kept shouting at him while the match had paused n the camera was on the serbias coach
    a greek player Fotsis spit at a serbian one Theodosits and the first one kept swearing to the serbian player n as a result he received a punch.

  3. More proof that... - Aug 19, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    …international basketball players are pussies. That many men on a floor “fighting,” and THAT was the result? It was like watching a bunch of girls push one another and then run away.
    Oh, and the “referee was hyperbolic”? Learn English, please.

  4. Paul - Aug 19, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    The reason it did not get any bigger than what it was is because those two countries have very good relations. Obviously it was on a personal basis between some players and shouldnt of gotten to that scale in the first place, but most of the did not want it to happen. It was funny though.

  5. Panos - Aug 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    you learn Greek, do you know anything but English?
    have you been out of your country?

  6. John - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Krstic is a big bastard
    0:15 Hits Fotsis from behind
    0:37 getting ready to beat the Greek guy who is on the ground
    0:40 Starts punching monster sofo from behind
    0:52 running away
    1:09 Throws chair!!

  7. Chris - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    Krstc should go to jail, and banned forever from basketball world….

  8. as - Aug 20, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    This video is a bit deceiving. From this angle u can see that Big Sofo was bitting on a guy who was on the ground. I guess Nenad, as captain of the team, had to get into it, but didn’t need to trow a chair. All in all, it’s a shame!

  9. Russ - Aug 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    When the cops showed up to arrest Krstic, did they say, “The Hansons”?

  10. Russ - Aug 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    When the cops showed up to arrest Krstic, did they say, “The Hansons”?

  11. stc1993 - Aug 20, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Lets see you learn Greek then you can have something to say.

  12. mike - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    monster sofo, along with few other greek wussies, was beating serbian player that was on the ground. What was Krstic supposed to do?

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