CSKA faces former junior player Korolev in game against Clippers

CSKA faces former junior player Korolev in game against Clippers
CSKA faces former junior player Korolev in game against Clippers

Yaroslav Korolev will take on his former team when the Los Angeles Clippers face Russian champion CSKA Moscow on Saturday in an NBA preseason game.

The Clippers, who drafted Korolev in the first round last year, will play two games in Moscow. The other is Friday against BC Khimki.

Korolev played for CSKA in the 2004-05 season, mostly on the junior team, before being drafted by the Clippers. The 19-year-old forward played 127 minutes last season, hitting nine field goals in 30 attempts.

"He's worked hard. The main concern we have is building up his body," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said Monday, reports AP.

The Clippers, however, will be without center Zeljko Rebraca, who is having therapy for lower back problems.