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Ex-CSKA Guard Langdon Eyes Basketball Return

18:42 19/05/2012
MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: basketball, Olympiacos, Euroleague, CSKA Moscow FC, Trajan Langdon, Russia

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and CSKA Moscow guard Trajan Langdon, who retired last year after winning a sixth-consecutive Russian title, is considering coming back as a coach, he told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

"I am missing basketball a bit," Langdon said. "But I don't want to return as a player, maybe as a coach or a manager. I still love basketball, but not as a player."

Langdon won the Euroleague twice in six years with CSKA, with whom he was the 2008 Final Four MVP.

CSKA failed to score a seventh Euroleague crown last week, blowing a 19-point lead to Olympiacos to lose 62-61 after a last-second layup by Georgios Printenzis in Istanbul, Turkey.

The defeat is even more painful than the 71-73 loss to Panathinaikos in the 2009 final that Langdon took part in, he said.

"In Berlin we managed to get back into the game and pull back 20 points, but we missed the last shot," Langdon said. "This time in Istanbul it was the other way around: having the advantage, we lost by the last shot. This defeat is more disappointing, it will be hard to live with."

The 35-year-old Californian began his NBA career in 1999 with Cleveland, moving overseas in 2002 to spend three seasons in Italy with Benetton Treviso, Turkey with Efes Pilsen and Russia with Dynamo Moscow.

Langdon won the bronze medal at the 1998 World Championship in Athens, Greece with the United States.

 

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