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Deni Avdija tells story of being home while getting robbed his rookie year

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Deni Avdija recounts being robbed during his rookie year. If that wasn’t bad enough, though, Avdija says he was home at the time of the crime.

While speaking with Thanasis Antetokounmpo on his show, Thanalysis, the 22-year-old lamented the struggles he endured during his rookie campaign. Initially, Avdija brushed over the fact that he was a victim of a robbery. However, Antetokounmpo got him to divulge the details.

Avdija says he left his garage door open one night — because he trusted his neighbourhood — and heard noises downstairs. He jettisoned the sounds, though, since he was too tired to think otherwise.

The next morning, Avdija found that “80%” of his main floor was robbed. Additionally, the thieves stole his brand new GLE Mercedes Benz. Unfortunately, Avdija never recovered any of his belongings but he did have insurance.

Avdija explains the robbery

Avdija begins talking about the robbery at the 20:10 mark.

“I had a lot of incidents my rookie year, it wasn’t great,” Avdija said. “I got injured, I got robbed. Yeah, my house got robbed my rookie year. I was actually in the house sleeping. Yeah, it was crazy.

[I was asleep] upstairs. I left my garage door open because I was in a good neighbourhood and even in Israel, it’s safe and everybody knows everybody. So, I wasn’t crazy about locking everything and stuff. I left my garage door open and I remember like 5 AM, I heard noises but I was like whatever. I was too tired, I just went back to sleep.

Woke up in the morning — we were supposed to fly to Portland for a West Coast trip — and I go downstairs, nothing’s there. My car’s not there. My bags not there. It was crazy. I was saying, ‘I need to leave for Portland, what do I do?’

A lot of stuff were missing. I’ll say like 80%. TV was okay — they didn’t want to make too much noise. I had a GLE Mercedes, brand new. I got insurance.”

This past season, Avdija averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for the Wizards.