Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 12:44 pm  |  45 responses

Links: Zaza Pachulia or Z-Pac?


by Lang Whitaker

Over the weekend, I had the pretty incredible opportunity of embedding with the Atlanta Hawks for a feature in the next issue of SLAM. I spent 24 hours with the team, from taking their charter flight with them on Friday night from Atlanta to Dallas, to staying in the team hotel, to attending the morning breakfast meeting in its entirety, to sitting in for Coach Woodson’s pregame pep talk and hearing his postgame remarks, then flying back to Atlanta late at night on the Hawks’ charter.

It was a remarkable trip, and I was able to see first-hand things I’ve wondered about for ages. And I should say here a very big thank you to Coach Woodson for opening his team up to me; he never asked me not to write anything or go anywhere. It was a very, very interesting trip, and I’m going to try hard not to talk much about it until the next issue of SLAM drops. Despite getting endless stories from the trip.

(For instance, a sentence I never thought I’d hear Mike Woodson say, but I undeniably did hear him say this: “Do the stanky leg!” Context will be presented in the next SLAM.)

Even though I was only around for the team for about a day, I took about 20 pages of notes, so I’ll probably spend most the week whittling that stuff down into a more manageable few thousand words.

But one thing I thought was funny…

During the pregame time on Saturday night in Dallas, I was in the locker room talking with Joe Smith. I’ve had about a dozen NBA players tell me independently of each other that Joe Smith is the best rapper in the NBA, but I’d never really talked to him about it.

So Saturday night, maybe an hour before tipoff, I was sitting in the locker room observing, and Joe Smith and I started talking about his love for hip-hop. (Joe is supposedly going to email me some tracks to post here, eventually.)

Zaza Pachulia was sitting nearby, and he walked over to me and Joe and said to me, “You know I recorded a rap song, too, right?” He turned to Joe, “Remember I played it for you in Milwaukee?” he asked, referring to when both Joe and Zaza played for the Bucks back on 2004-05. Joe said that he did remember that.

“Wait, wait,” I said. Now, with Zaza, not much surprises me. The dude is a renaissance man. He’s always been fashion-forward and interested in continental things. He’s just as comfortable talking about AC Milan as he is talking about food — he recently bought an Atlanta restaurant which will have a big re-launch in January.

But rap?

“Yeah, I was on a rap song,” Zaza confirmed.

Did you write it?

“No, someone else wrote it, I just performed it.”

Was it in English?

“No, it was in Georgian.” (Zaza is from the country Georgia in Eurasia.)

Was it you by yourself?

“No, I was with a rapper from home. I just rapped a verse.”

At this point my head was spinning. How did I not know anything about this? So you really had your own rap song?

“Yeah man. You know Tupac? I’m Z-Pac!” And then Zaza turned and went out to the court to warm up.

Hmm, I thought. Learn something new every day.

I made a note to ask Zaza later about getting a copy of the song, but I never had a chance.

Then late last night, as I was going through and transcribing my notes, I saw my note about Zaza’s rap career, so I looked it up online. And I found it. No idea what they’re rapping about, but Zaza comes in around the 1 minute mark and goes for an impressive time.


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  • black pinoy

    OMG hell no!!! ban that ..my lil nephew might hear that

  • black pinoy

    OMG hell no!!! ban that ..my lil nephew might hear that

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Wow. ZPac is such a better name for him than Zadidas.

  • boy sanchez

    Oh no…

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    What’s Georgian for ‘f*ck the police?’

  • NACHOveli

    Z-Pac eh…..can’t wait for that double disc to drop, All Eyez on Z. I hear its a banger….

  • bakers’ dozen

    Sounds like a drunk European trying to pick up a chick in Compton….with no success.

  • JB

    I was half hoping there was a music video to accompany that youtube.

  • boy sanchez

    Can you imagine Zaza leaning towards a convertible Bentley and wearing 50 pounds of bling-bling while some chicks dancing all around???

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    In medical circles, a Z-Pac is a prescribed cure-all type pill for the flu and bronchitis. I prefer to think of Zaza as something different…like a third rate center and a 9th rate rapper.

  • http://nba.com Reflex


  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    ‘to sitting in for Coach Woodson’s pregame pep talk’… wait, YOU gave the pep talk, Lang?

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  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Musta preached D since they held Dallas to 75 points (and got the win) in their gym.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    This is strictly for my ziggas

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    He has more range than Fifty though.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Watch it now, niQ. Let’s not forget who gave him the name Zadidas. They’re both good nicknames–let’s just leave it at that, okay?!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Arthur

    You know Eurasia is not a country right

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yo, Lang!
    Eurasia.. is not a country man.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Bit like how some people often refer to Ginobili as ‘European’. Or being from ‘Europe’. Kind of.

  • GetaMap

    “No, it was in Georgian.” (Zaza is from the COUNTRY Georgia in Eurasia.)

    Often considered a single continent, Eurasia comprises the traditional continents of Europe and Asia (and Eurasia is a portmanteau of the two), concepts which date back to classical antiquity and the borders for which are somewhat arbitrary

  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Hursty: Didn’t I say “from the country Georgia”?

  • hillbilly

    ZZ is his name & the boy’s comin’…straight outta Tbilisi!

  • http://Www.lollercoasters.com Dr. West

    Lang, they probably thought country as in the couterpart of a city where the grass is green and it smells like cow sh*t.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com karan

    Z-Pac = nickname of the year

  • ab_40

    well he’s better then lil wayne. but this is terrible. sounds cheap

  • http://www.durrrr.com shu

    You guys know that “Z-pack” is really a regimine of Azithromycin, a macrolide antibiotic used to treat such STD’s as chlamydia and gonorrhea right? Just sayin. Will he rap during the trophy ceremony like Tony Pizzle if the Hawks win the chip? I guess Zaza needs to win the Finals MVP…

  • zabba

    One of the best songs of the year.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Lang, can’t wait for the full article!

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    That was hilarious! You can’t make this stuff up.

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    That was hilarious! You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Sparker

    better than indonesian pop, but that may be it

  • D

    Man i bet Darko would be like a serbian eminem and larry brown would play the part of his mom/kim

  • Jonny C

    he makes Ron Artest’s rap sound good

  • tmw554

    “z-pac” i like that

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    My bad I guess.
    The part about Eurasia threw me off badly.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    “Lari” is Georgian currency. Zaza aka ’50Lari’.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    haha how about Eazy Z?
    eh? like eazy e.
    eh it sucks =[.

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