Detroit Pistons' London Trip Excites Jonas Jerebko

By John Raffel


Jonas Jerebko will be going home to play a game for the Detroit Pistons this season. Well, not quite home, but close enough.

The NBA announced this week that the Pistons would be playing the New York Knicks on Jan. 17 at the O2 in London.

Jerebko told reporters on Thursday that he’s especially looking forward to the trip and for good reason. He’s the only Swedish player in the NBA.

He has family from Sweden there and is hoping that other Swedish basketball fans will venture to watch the game and cheer for Jerebko, who recalls playing in London as a youngster.

The Pistons will lose a home game but the organization is hoping to use this as a marketing opportunity.

Meanwhile, Jerebko wants to use it to enjoy playing in his own backyard (or across the block, might be more appropriate to say). He also wants to showcase his skills.

European basketball fans will hear plenty of glowing comments from Jerebko from one Piston in particular: coach Lawrence Frank.

“Jonas was great tonight,” Frank said after one game. “When you saw him in the first half, all 14 of his shots were all rhythm shots which all goes back to the point of ball movement. He rolls to find the open man and take the shot. Jonas hustles to get the ball, which obviously leads to big plays to secure the win.”

Pistons center Greg Monroe has also issued glowing remarks of Jerebko’s play after various games.

“He knocked down a lot of shots, a lot of shots early, some big shots to keep us in rhythm and keep us on a run,” Monroe said. “He did a very good job tonight. He’s going to hit open shots. He moves without the ball so he’s going to get easy baskets every night.”

That’s something Jerebko’s hometown fans wouldn’t mind seeing when he and the Pistons are in London in January.

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