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Andrei Kirilenko becomes United States citizen

Jan 12, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko, a 10-year NBA veteran out of Russia, was part of the early waves of European stars coming to the league – when he was drafted in 1999 he was the youngest European ever taken. A decade later he likes what he found here.

So much so that the Jazz forward and his wife became United States citizens, passing their citizenship test and getting sworn in this week. The couple has two sons born here who are American citizens, but their adopted daughter from Russia will have to wait a few years.

At the Desert News Kirilenko listed some of the questions on the test: Why the colonists didn’t like Great Britain? How many amendments to the Constitution Which territory was given to the U.S. from France? Who is the vice president?

I shudder to think how many American citizens would miss those questions.

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    IMO, AK47 is the coolest nickname in sports. It’s his initials, his number and the AK47 is a Russian weapon.

  2. lilmowiththegimpyleg - Jan 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    We can’t give him citizenship! He killed Apollo Creed!

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