Today, we got the news from Greece that Jeremiah Massey will get a Macedonian passport. This will help Aris to sign another US born player in the upcoming days.
In fact, Massey was supposed to get a Slovakian passport, but it has been announced today that he will finally not get it but it will be a Macdonian one. He can then team up with Mike Wilkinson in the Macedonian National team, Wilkinson who played for Aris last season. However, the explication in the news release is somehow interesting. We got the translation of that news from Greece too and here is what it says.
Originally, Massey was supposed to receive a Slovakian passport, yet the slow bureaucracy was limiting the potential of this option and thus, Aris’ board of directors targeted Macedonia as the next case
This sounds quite funny to me as the reason to get a passport is not anymore the fact of having a cousin whose grandmother came from that country, but it is now the speed of the bureaucracy that decides the choices of the new homecountry of professional basketball players.
Greece is known for being very “creative” in their process of “finding” new players. Who does not remember Radoslav Makris or Alexis Amanatidis? You don’t know them? Maybe the names of Nesterovic or Savrasenko ring a bell. And also somebody called Jake Tsakilidis has not his origins somewhere around Olympia but comes originally out of Georgia and was born as Tsakalov (probably).
However, here we have a little quiz for the new Macedonian citizen. You find below the two national anthems of Macedonia and Slovakia. Please chose the correct one and you have to learn it by heart before the end of the year.[youtube VCRAm7WBh8c nolink] [youtube KTxJlUK7tWo nolink]
And some other thought, what is the role of Gordon Herbert in all these new passports? He was already present with Pau-Orthez when they signed the newly Georgian passport player Melvin Sanders. He was also already coach of the Georgian national team that features proud citizens like Tyrone Ellis. And now, Herbert is coach at Aris and their supposed best player finally gets the important passport.