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Friday, September 28th, 2007 at 4:30 pm  |  19 responses

Sarunas Jasikevicius Is a Hero to Some

Hey, don’t look at me. I don’t get it either.

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  • http://slam.com Walter Olivera

    I just wished sarunas would play , like he did in the Europe tournament, great in the Warriors, because i am a huge warriors fan.

  • BETCATS

    First, and me neither, but i didnt read it

  • Jukai

    First

    That’s all that’s really worth commenting

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I’ll never comment first again, last time I dared I got ridiculed mercilessly.

  • SchW

    First

  • SchW

    that is just what happened to me now. I thought I was first and when I posted my comment I see there are already two:))))))))

    On Jasikevicius: You dont get it because you are an american…that is basically it;) He is a God in Europe and it would be in the states if he would receive enough of a chance!!!

  • http://www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/rdp/caasqp/caasqp.html Tarzan Cooper

    zzzz

  • http://tostateofmind.blogspot.com Hoop Dreamz

    You receive a chance if you’re GOOD… Sarunas is good, but not B-Dizzle good or even Monta good. P.s. I’m not American either, so I’m not biased

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com RiseKing

    I’ve seen some game tape from when he was with Tel Aviv, and remember when he used to kill the USA in the Olympics, he’s pretty nasty in that International/European setting. His strength in Europe seemed to be his fiery leadership and hustle. In the NBA, if you’re a PG shooting 39% playing 18 minutes a game, the only people you’re gonna lead are towel-waving GS fans, and that’s exactly what he did.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    He never meant sh*t to me. F*ck him and John Wayne.

  • JustMe

    I’ve been curious about seeing him play for something llike 5 years since watching him in some international competition–he was fabulous, great leader, great shooter. However, he has been invisible in the States. Sometimes I think the US is all about pride (one of the deadly sins :) –players and fans alike just want to see the guy with the ball “break someone down”. Meanwhile, the international scene seems to be more fundamental and more selfless and therefore more true to what I think the game is about–tactics. I admit I’m writing without having watched much world ball but hey, so what. J Kidd and Air Canada have been a breath of fresh air for me.

  • solid snake

    i hear indiana needs a shooter, sarunas.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin _personal

    I’ve seen him enough to know that he will be killing my team for the next couple of years. He transferred to archrival and reigning champions panthinaikos (werre Spanoulis went, by the way!). Saras is a great Guard with legit shot and passing skills, but he can’t take anyone of the dribble, so he couldn’t be an Nba point. Maybe in Utah or Toronto, he would have thrived. It;s good to see him back, though.

  • http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk RedRum

    I am shocked boston has not made a move for him. We are talking about the best pick-and roll player on the planet. no european pg could play under Nelson. Saras is a coach in the court, a rare bread of player that unfortunately the star driven, 95% isolation play NBA could not appreciate. oh, I am not lithuanian, i am not a Panathinaikos supporter, but I have seen Saras play for years, and I can say that he is hands down one og the top 10 pg in the world, maybe top 5. Wellcome back to REAL basketball Saras.

  • Jukai

    Did JustMe say international basketball is about “FUNDEMENTALS?”

    The hell?

    The entire game, they pass the ball repetatively until one player posts up and elbows the opposing players until they can get to the basket. Sarunas can’t play in half court situations and his shot makes even Jason Williams look consistent. His defense is also questionable, so I hear. Because of these flaws, it doesn’t matter how “good” his passing skills are. It also doesn’t matter how well he can manage a team. Make him be a coach then. However, if he can’t dribble, can’t play defense, and can’t shoot 60% of the time, he’s not NBA caliber

  • Slobodan Chutzpah

    Jukai seems to think actually playing team ball, and having the fundamentals to post someone up is to be frowned on. Also, unlike NBA teams (for most of the year), European teams play defense, which might make the game a little less flashy – but certainly more intense – than the NBA. Simply put, Jasikevicius is the European Nash: he needs to have the rock in his hands a lot to be effective. GS used his principally as a spot-up shooter, which is not his greatest strength, so it’s no great miracle he didn’t really catch on. If memory doesn’t fail, he is a two-time Euroleague MVP, which makes the video a little less mystifying. Plus Southern European people can get a bit crazy when it comes to sports.

  • Slobodan Chutzpah

    “GS used him…”, obviously.

  • niQ

    someone needs to pick this guy up

  • chris prov

    too bad it didn’t work out for him in the L, he had great nickname potential. I like “Kid Vicious” personally.

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