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Bogdanovic adjusting to new team, country

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets swingman Bojan Bogdanovic is going through a difficult transition period.

“It’s a completely different life,” the 25-year-old rookie said of living in the United States. “It’s a completely different country. I’ve had to adjust to many things.”

On the court, Bogdanovic is appreciative of the veterans who are helping him become acclimated with the NBA game.

“They’ve been helping me because everything is new for me,” Bogdanovic, who has been nicknamed Bogie by his teammates, said. “I’m very happy to be in the same locker room with KG, Deron and Joe.”

Bogdanovic, who is from Serbia, is also fortunate to have Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina native Mirza Teletovic around to show him the ropes.

“He’s been helping me with a lot of things,” Bogdanovic said of Teletovic. “I talked to him several times over the summer while I was talking to Brooklyn. He was explaining things to me about the team and the city.”

Among his many on-court challenges, a new ball, a 3-point line that is farther back and playing more man-to-man defense rank among the top.

“My shots have been coming up short, so I’ve had to take several shots,” said Bogdanovic, who often shows up 60-90 minutes before practice to get extra shooting work in.

So, understandably, Bogdanovic isn’t thinking about starting, winning rookie of the year or making the all-rookie first team -- though he certainly looked pretty potent from the perimeter while getting some reps with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez during practice.

“I just want to get some minutes to help my teammates and show what I can do,” said Bogdanovic, who came over from Croatia after signing a three-year, $10 million contract in the offseason. “Maybe I can become an all-rookie, but first I have to get minutes to play for Brooklyn.”

Nets coach Lionel Hollins has liked what he’s seen from his Euro import so far.

“He’s a basketball player, not just a 3-point shooter,” he said.

Bogdanovic had a strong FIBA World Cup, averaging 21.2 points on 50 percent shooting over the summer. He’s going to have to adjust to not playing with the ball in his hands as much with the Nets, but he says it's something he’s more than willing to do.

“Each day I’m learning more and more and getting more comfortable,” he said.