Not every European player ruined his rep in the NBA. Do you remember Drazen Petrovic? IMO he is (until now) the best European player ever. In '85 and '86 he led Cibona Zagreb to two consecutive European titles before winning the Cup Winners Cup with Real Madrid in '89, when in one of the most memorable finals ever he scored 62 points in a 117-113 OT-victory against Snaidero Caserta. And he also flashed in the NBA. He led a mediocre team into the play-offs, leading the Nets in scoring and the NBA in three-point-percentage.Originally posted by <b>TheGoods</b>!
... Also Dejan makes about 13 times what he would make on the Kings, why would a European superstar take less money and ruin his reputation. It's like if Sabonis had come over when he was young he would have been a great NBA player once he adapted, but instead he stayed in Europe and by the time he came to the U.S. it was to late to fully adapt and he, to an extent, ruined his rep as the best European player ever.