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AK47 did not pick up a basketball all summer, but says he doesn't need a ball

10/14/2013 2:02 PM ET
By Matthew Stucko

When your defensive assignments are players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, your body and mind need as much time as possible to recover during the offseason. 

That's why Andrei Kirilenko did nothing all summer, literally.

The first-year Brookyln Nets forward spent his summer months spending time with his family so he can see them as much as possible before a basketball season that can very well go deep into the NBA playoffs. Despite not picking up a basketball for a single time all summer, Kirilenko is regarded as one of the top defenders in the NBA and in his eyes, not having a ball in his hands anyway is probably best for him.

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