Guillermo Diaz

Shiver and Shoot - A UM star headed for the NBA detours to the Czech Republic

Guillermo Diaz lives in a small medieval town with a cobblestone square, an ancient castle, and a Gothic church. He works in another one. But before he explains, let him tell you about the weather.

"I can't go out — it's too cold," he says, visibly shuddering. "Hits me in the face real good."

It's actually quite balmy for a November night in Nymburk, Czech Republic — 50-odd degrees, no biting wind whipping up the Elbe river. But for a 21-year-old who has lived only in San Juan and Miami, that's a whole new ball game.

Culture shock to his system (Guillermo Diaz)

NYMBURK, CZECH REPUBLIC — Guillermo Diaz, who grew up in Puerto Rico speaking only Spanish, never dreamed his life would take this kind of a twist.

But now that the Clippers' second-round draft pick is playing his rookie season of pro basketball in the Czech Republic, he has become so desperate for English-language programming that he recently installed a satellite dish that shows mostly soccer games from Britain.

"At least I can understand what they are saying," Diaz said. "Before that, all I had were Czech stations."

Ex-UM Diaz guard to play in Europe

Former University of Miami guard Guillermo Diaz, who left school early to enter the NBA Draft, will begin his professional career playing in the Czech Republic.

Diaz, who was taken in the second round in June by the Los Angeles Clippers, will begin playing for Nymburk, the defending league champion, according to his high school coach and mentor, Art Alvarez.

Guillermo Diaz Update

The team may have reached an understanding with Guillermo Diaz – word is Diaz may opt to play in Italy next year rather than force the issue with the Clippers. The Clips paid Diaz’s way to Tim Grgurich’s camp in Vegas and liked what they saw, but were supposedly not ready to guarantee a roster spot just yet. If Diaz does choose to play in Italy, the Clips will retain his rights, and he could be a lock for a roster spot next year.