Alen Smailagic -- the Warriors' second-round pick in last month's NBA Draft -- is from Serbia.
He played for the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, so he already has started assimilating into American culture.
But he still has a ways to go.
Ethan Strauss of The Athletic included this hilarious story in a recent feature on the 18-year-old big man:
He’s still learning new terms. “Virgin” was a word introduced to him by DeMarcus Cousins a few months ago. The lumbering veteran big man went down to Santa Cruz on a rehab assignment last season and relentlessly teased the eager kid in trash-talk sessions. Smailagić recounts Cousins repeatedly yelling, “Don’t play with us, you’re probably a virgin!”
Smailagić would shoot back, “I’ll show you,” perhaps not completely understanding the context of the insult.
“It was great,” Smailagić said of his time trying to prove himself to Cousins.
This anecdote is more than great.
"Smiley," as he's called, became the youngest player in G League history when he made his debut for the Sea Dubs. He will turn 19 years old on Aug. 18.
The Warriors will play the Lakers four times during the preseason and four times during the regular season, so hopefully we get to see some of this Cousins-Smailagic trash talk.