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Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at 5:24 am  |  51 responses

Jackson asked Vujacic to cut his hair

In an attempt to give Sasha Vujacic a fresh start at training camp, Coach Phil Jackson said today he asked the backup guard to cut his flowing locks. Vujacic complied.

Said Jackson: “Last year, Sasha got injured on the first day of training camp and it literally limited him for three weeks. So he got off to a bad start and never recovered. So we’ve asked him to cut his hair and he did. He’s going to have a new look. I think it’s a total fresh start. I think Sasha played with his hair more than he played on the court (last season).”

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  • Remo Williams

    wow. we talking about hair. HAIR. not basketball. HAIR!

    jk.

    lets see if cutting his hair helps that broken stroke.

  • K.a.

    sounds like a call for a new edition of lakers 90210 if ya ask me. Today coach request macheen to cut hair, say hair getting in way of performance. Macheen comply but what machine do with all this hair product?

  • Mark

    Look what happened to Adam morrison when he cut his hair, got no minutes. but Morrison kept that ugly moustache

  • WB30

    Where “cutting your hair ‘cuz your coach asked to” happens.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Again, the most TMZ team in the league.

  • Willie

    why is this news? LOL

  • 6marjons

    is thisa celebrity gossip magazine now?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dave

    Vuj: “Talkin’ ’bout HAIR? C’mon! We talkin’ bout HAIR?!”
    PJ: “I think he played with his hair more times than he played with the ball.”
    And so forth.

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  • C-Mac

    man that guy is whipped by his coach

  • T Money

    I love Phil Jackson.

  • underdog

    @Mark: ” Look what happened to Adam morrison when he cut his hair, got no minutes.” Won a ring.

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  • http://pitofloro.es pitofloro

    ke gilipolleces tiene el jackson
    xr gana campeonatos
    un saludo desde Spain
    viva españa
    Jose Calderon very good

  • http://fjdklf.com Jukai

    THE MACHINE: UPGRADED

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I think Sasha played with his hair more than he played on the court… that’s cold lol

  • jdn41

    im going to miss vujacic’s hair it looked good when ray allen blew by it

  • black pinoy

    dude//he looked like a girl last season.. and he sure played like one too..the point guard spot for the lakers is stacked.. farmar/ vujasick/ fisher and brown // hope they all get enough playing time to matter

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    And with his new haircut, Sasha becomes the leading scorer of his team.

  • Simmy Sosa

    Now if he could just ask him to slit his wrists…

  • Yassi

    “Last year, Sasha got injured on the first day of training camp and it literally limited him for three weeks. So he got off to a bad start and never recovered. So we’ve asked him to cut his hair and he did.”
    Is there some hiden logic in this, which I am missing? Could someone please explain? Nobody seems to question this very interesting line of logical thinking.
    wtf? 90210 indeed…

  • ab_40

    wow@ that ring comment adam morrison and darko millicic both have nba championship rings.

    sasha ‘the machine’vujacic needs to be recycled for a nice first round pick and cash. I just don’t know if he would survive outside of LA

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka make it reign aka flightschool aka the ghetto Kornel David

    Allow me to “Quote Monger” for a moment.
    Phil Jackson:”Your limited production on the court dosnt quite out weight the uncomfortable feeling i get from looking at that slicked backed greasy euro dome of yours, and i dont feel like looking at it for the next 7 months, and since im Phil Jackson 10 time NBA champion and your Sascha Vuja-somthing-or-other, quite possibly the worst player in the league, your going to do what i say.”

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

    Jackson asked the same thing from Dennis Rodman. As a reaction Rodman kicked a cameraman and got suspended for 11 games. “There’s your anwer.” he said to Phil Jackson.

  • vic21

    Vujachick no more.

  • http://fjdklf.com Jukai

    Yassi: This is PHIL “ZEN” JACKSON WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!!!

  • Gabe

    Wow, this makes me hate vujacic and love phil jackson so much more. We call him sasha suchabich.

  • Rnz

    its amazing what passes for news during the offseason

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dave

    Long hair is a symbol of retaining your past. Cutting it is a symbol of breaking with the past. Hence, Voya cutting his hair means they’re trying to turn over a leaf, to mix our metaphors.

  • http:///www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Artest rolls up Sasha’s hair into a ball and cannot resist the temptation to take an ill-advised off-balance jump shot into the garbage can; misses, eats the hair.

  • Yassi

    @Jukai: didnt think that the crisis is so bad in L.A. that zen advisers need a night job as hairdressers or make-up artists.
    Rodmans reaction is more like it ;-)
    I still dont get it. Are they giving each other styling tips too? swaping nail decors? helping out on intimate razorwork?

    To sum it up: ARE the f*** WE PLAYING BALL or what???

  • Yassi

    on a related issue…..what was Jaxons advise to Lamar Odom? “Get a lobotomy”??? Apparently he complied as well………

  • gomez

    lol, well lets see if this helps..

  • http://Www.facebook.com Joe_king

    @Z cold but had to be said.

  • helterskelter

    damn slam online has some haters…sasha on his worst day is better then most of yall hatin asses on your best

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    He’s the anti Sampson. of course now he’ll average 24 ppg, 10 rb, and 2 blocks per.

  • lew

    good call coach. I mean really, every camera shot of this guy had him messin’ with his hair! maybe now he can focus on his shot instead of getting advice from Laker girls on how to keep hair out of his eyes. lol

  • http://shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    I don’t understand why any athlete would have long hair. It just doesn’t make sense. It gets in the way and probably smells like doo doo. Hopefully now Sasha will make his wide open 3′s. Good call Phil.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    This was to make Artest more comfortable in the shower.

  • LA Huey

    @helter skelter, by that logic we can’t be critical of any player in the league.

  • rob stewart

    When I made my college basketball team as a walk-on my coach made me cut my hair. It didn’t make me any better but it showed my teammates that I was committed to the team.

  • ClydeSays

    The Zen Hippie made a player cut his hair? What that his way of telling Sasha that he has to play defense this season?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Egcl2YXWc

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Now he’ll be 40% less annoying (which still tops most of the league).

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

    Anton Posted: Sep.28 at 1:21 am
    Artest rolls up Sasha’s hair into a ball and cannot resist the temptation to take an ill-advised off-balance jump shot into the garbage can; misses, eats the hair.
    ___
    I choked on my breath with that one.
    10/10 FTW.

  • flahah!

    ginobili was better with that long hair… but sasha? long or short… he will always be the rusted machine hahahaha

  • Captain Jean Luc-Picard

    Sasha needs to grow some…

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  • George B

    good luck sasha

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    I heard the starting five this year will be Kobe / Artest / Odom / Gasol / Bynum. Anyone wanna try playing smallball against these five?

  • http://www.abhobley.co.uk Machine cutting

    Good advice for Sasha by the coach. Lets see if there is any difference in his performance now.

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