10 NBA Stars With The Toughest Childhoods

Here’s what Mirza Teletovic had to say about growing up in Mostar, Bosnia when it was seiged for 18 months during the Bosnian War of the 1990s.

“I was seven years old when the war started. First you start seeing that there’s no food, then grenades come down, the whole city is shaking, and you hear people screaming. Every day, your parents come in and say ‘our neighbor died, our cousin died’. Always somebody dying. One day, I asked my mother, ‘Is anybody alive?’ It was very, very rough for us. It left, I will say, a memory…All my friends and me are playing [basketball] and then you hear the sirens like the grenades start falling down and just run to your house and hide. If I have to die, I die. For basketball, I will do anything”

Source: http://www.netsdaily.com/2013/2/16/3996954/for-mirza-teletovic-the-nba-is-game-not-war-and-he-knows-the