When Marko Guduric returns to the remote mountain town Priboj, where he was raised in Serbia, he no longer plays on the outdoor basketball courts that he used as a child.

He cherishes his time off too much to risk injury for the sake of nostalgia.

But those long — often cold — days on the hard courts in Priboj define who Guduric is as he begins his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies.

"I would never change my childhood for anything," Guduric said

It was a childhood fist marked by terror and then by a triumph that put Guduric on a path to the highest level of basketball.