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Andrei Kirilenko Appropriately Receives a Model AK-47 While Visiting Russia

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2015
Alexander Chernykh @chernykh

Andrei Kirilenko received a fine model of AK-47 as a gift from head of Udmurtia, visiting Izhevsk where he was born. http://t.co/vSFLoEc7Ak

Retired NBA journeyman Andrei Kirilenko was nicknamed “AK-47” throughout his career for his initials and jersey number as well as his eccentric style of play.

During a recent visit to his birthplace, Izhevsk, Russia, the 34-year-old received a sweet model of an actual AK-47 from the head of Udmurtia, a federal subject of the country.

Lots of NBA players have nicknames, but how many live their nicknames?

Kirilenko has ‘em beat in that category.

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