I want to do what I enjoy doing, and I think the emotions that I experienced with the national side are worth going back to Russia and playing there for Russian supportersReport: Kirilenko wants out of Utah Sep 21, 2007
It's pretty hard to stop a team with two players like Shaq - he is a big force under the basket - and Kobe from the perimeterLA Lakers 99, Utah 87 Feb 02, 2003
Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981) is a Russian-American professional basketball player currently playing at the small forward position for the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association. He is 206 cm (6'9") tall and weighs 103 kg (227 lb).
At age fifteen, Kirilenko began playing professional basketball in his native Russia with the Russian Basketball Super League. The Utah Jazz drafted him in 1999, and he became the first Russian player selected in the first round of a draft and youngest European player drafted. After the draft, Kirilenko spent two years with PBC CSKA Moscow and played with the Russian national team in the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2001, Kirilenko joined the Jazz. In the NBA, Kirilenko played in the 2004 All-Star Game, was an NBA All-Defensive Team pick for three seasons, and made the NBA All-Rookie Team after his first season. Kirilenko continues to compete internationally with the Russian national team. In 2011, Kirilenko became an American citizen.
He is sometimes nicknamed AK47 because his initials are AK and his jersey number is 47.