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Kegboy
07-13-2005, 12:49 PM
Warning: You people who think he's God's gift to the point guard position won't like Brunner's characterization of him.

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/question_050713.html

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Q. It's been told, especially in Israel, that President Larry Bird has shown a lot of interest in Sarunas Jasikevicius, the point guard of Macabi Tel-Aviv (the Israeli and European champions), and even had a meeting with him. In your opinion, can Sarunas play for the Indiana Pacers next year? I know that he played an excellent game against the USA in the Olympics, but can he play defense against all of the American point guards? (From Yoav in Israel)

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A. Bird does indeed like Jasikevicius, describing him as "the best player in Europe" and "one of the best competitors I've ever seen" in an interview with the Indianapolis Star. Bird has spent extensive time in Europe scouting talent, particularly Jasikevicius. Whether this will translate into a job with the Pacers remains to be seen.

Because he is at the absolute peak of his career, Jasikevicius is attracting quite a bit of interest from NBA teams. Cleveland, Boston, Portland, Dallas and Utah all are reportedly in pursuit of the 6-4 shooting guard. In addition to his starring role for Lithuania in international competition (including 55 points in two games against the U.S.), Jasikevicius has led Maccabi Tel Aviv to consecutive Euroleague titles. Nearing age 30, it appears Jasikevicius (who played collegiately at Maryland) has decided the time is right to make his much-anticipated move to the NBA.

Money will be a factor (his agent reportedly is seeking a three-year deal for at least $10 million), but Jasikevicius has said in numerous interviews his primary interest is in a winning environment. The Pacers certainly can offer that and, with Reggie Miller's retirement, there is both opportunity and need for a player who can have an impact at shooting guard. There are some questions about his ability to defend NBA players but it seems the greater questions should be about their ability to defend him.

There have been no firm reports of any kind of agreement with any NBA team, and Jasikevicius certainly has the option of returning to Europe, where he is not just a star, but an icon. In other words, stay tuned, because this story is still developing.

Los Angeles
07-13-2005, 12:55 PM
Shooting guard?

Whuh?

:confused:

Kegboy
07-13-2005, 12:58 PM
Actually, this make sense to me. Bird wants him as a specialist, plain and simple. If he can show he can defend in the NBA or run the offense, that's fine too.

Doug in CO
07-13-2005, 02:27 PM
Isn't Bender going to play shooting guard?

MagicRat
07-13-2005, 02:38 PM
Shooting guard?

Whuh?

:confused:

You know, like Jerry West......

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 02:42 PM
I had posted this at the end of the "ANOTHER SARUNAS RUMOR" thread, but I guess nobody saw it.

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 02:48 PM
I'm too busy trying to get MagicRat to give us free tickets to another Pacer game to read any of your trivial posts...


Now THAT sounds legit!!!









prick

RWB
07-13-2005, 02:50 PM
Damn Geez, have you ever had one of those "I wonder why I got out of bed days"? Go back to bed my friend. ;)

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 03:07 PM
Damn Geez, have you ever had one of those "I wonder why I got out of bed days"? Go back to bed my friend. ;)


yeah, I kinda been wonderin' that myself.

I took jr. out for lunch and even he was raggin' on me.....'til I played the "Drivers License" card. :devil:

Will Galen
07-13-2005, 03:36 PM
I had posted this at the end of the "ANOTHER SARUNAS RUMOR" thread, but I guess nobody saw it.

Everyone looks at the thread titles to see if something has already been posted. Posting a new article after an old one doesn't get seen by everyone.

I posted an article from Bruno yesterday about Chris Thomas, and then later found another article by Bruno on Thomas so I changed the title of the thread to report that fact. I knew if I just posted it in the thread someone would just post it again.

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 03:40 PM
I guess in a way I was "testing" the system (or maybe jerking the systems chain a bit) because I stated that I was posting it there in order to avoid starting another thread about the guy. It took about 2 hrs.











I too can be a prick

Will Galen
07-13-2005, 03:46 PM
Now THAT sounds legit!!!









prick

He calls me that all the time too, but my names not Rick, and he spells it with a P too. (SHAKING HEAD) I never heard of Rick being spelled that way until Geeze did it. I just put it down to a Geezer idiosyncrasy.




(giggle, giggle, snort)

Will Galen
07-13-2005, 03:50 PM
I guess in a way I was "testing" the system (or maybe jerking the systems chain a bit) because I stated that I was posting it there in order to avoid starting another thread about the guy. It took about 2 hrs.











I too can be a prick

Hmmm, Rick Geezer . . . I didn't know that.

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 03:51 PM
He calls me that all the time too, but my names not Rick, and he spells it with a P too. (SHAKING HEAD) I never heard of Rick being spelled that way until Geeze did it. I just put it down to a Geezer idiosyncrasy.


Nah, I just had my spell checker looked at, it's working fine.

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 03:57 PM
I had wondered if that was the case. When we went to the Pacer game last year, he kept pronouncing my name "Hey Dumbass", when clearly the "D" is silent.



:blush: I can't think of anything to say. :blush:

MagicRat
07-13-2005, 04:00 PM
Hey, now that I know who you guys are: Why don't you guys like Creed or any of the bands Hicks likes?

Unclebuck
07-13-2005, 05:17 PM
My instincts tell me stay away from this guy

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 05:22 PM
My instincts tell me stay away from this guy



My end stinks too, but it don't tell me which basketball players to hire.







ta da bump.......I'll be here all week, folks. DON'T FORGET TO TIP YOUR WAITRESS!!

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 05:23 PM
My instincts tell me stay away from this guy


Seriously, I can understand your reluctance to get on his bandwagon UB. But man, after last season aren't we OWED ONE????

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 05:25 PM
Hey, now that I know who you guys are: Why don't you guys like Creed or any of the bands Hicks likes?


I never held anybody's Creed, color, or Religion against them. How can you say I hate them?

Will Galen
07-13-2005, 05:27 PM
I never held anybody's Creed, color, or Religion against them. How can you say I hate them?

Okay, who are you and what did you do with Geezer?

Is that you Geezer Jr. or Geezeret?

indygeezer
07-13-2005, 05:30 PM
Okay, who are you and what did you do with Geezer?

Is that you Geezer Jr. or Geezeret?


well alright, there was that time some liberals came into town......


but that was just once!

Kegboy
07-13-2005, 06:43 PM
My instincts tell me stay away from this guy

Well, that cuts it. I'm officially against this guy coming here. Anybody asks why, I can just blame UB.

:devil:

Gamble
07-13-2005, 07:23 PM
Is it bc he's a shooting guard in a cavs uniform.