Fesenko Continues To Work Toward NBA Return
After watching a strong workout last week, the Atlanta Hawks have yet give Kyrylo Fesenko an indication of whether they’ll sign him. But the 7-foot-1 big man told RealGM on Monday afternoon that Atlanta remains interested and is still an option.
“[The workout] went very well and it was very positive talking to [Hawks] coaches and the administration,” Fesenko said in a phone conversation. “I was running hard, jumping, dunking, shooting.”
As of now, Fesenko is continuing to work out in Colorado to get in better shape while monitoring which potential situations or injuries pop up as the season continues.
“He is in good shape,” said trainer Matt Barnett, who has helped lead Fesenko’s sessions in Denver. “I believe that training … at Elevation Basketball in Colorado altitude is really helping him prepare for the day he gets the call. It’s hard to simulate an NBA practice in private workouts, but we are pushing him every day to prepare him the best we can.”
Fesenko was waived by the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 18, a week after sustaining a flu that kept him out of practices and games. He was disappointed in being hit with the sickness in the midst of battling throughout training camp.
“My [flu] really was bad timing because I was supposed to play more,” said Fesenko.
He also praised the Bulls for parting ways earlier than they had to so that he could pursue opportunities elsewhere as a free agent.
The Bulls will be able to add a player on a veteran minimum deal later this month, at which point Fesenko has not ruled out returning. Even so, Fesenko knows the opportunity with Chicago might not come, and he’s adamant that he isn't “picky” about where he could sign. He has dealt with nagging injuries, including a leg ailment that hampered him last season, but makes it clear he’s fully healthy now.
“I just want to get back into the league and show everyone the new and improved me,” Fesenko said. “Teams haven’t gotten to see me healthy, 100 percent, but hopefully I can get back.”