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SwissExpress
02-21-2006, 10:11 AM
http://www.nba.com/allstar2006/global/mailbox_jasikevicius.html

Below are Jasikevicius' (pre-All Star weekend) answers to fan questions from the NBA.com. I'm not sure if it was already posted. And probably there isn't anything very interesting to read. They even call him "Krstic" out of hurry in one place.

But, considering the tension Saras' interviews tend to bring up here, I just couldn't withhold:)

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Global Mailbox: Sarunas Jasikevicius
http://www.nba.com/media/nbav2/blank.gif
<!-- Detect Image --><!-- End detect image --><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=75 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left height=121>http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/sarunas_jasikevicius.jpg</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Making his All-Star Weekend debut, Pacers guard and Lithuania native Sarunas Jasikevicius (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sarunas_jasikevicius/index.html) will compete in the 2006 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. Averaging 9.0 points while ranking #9 in the NBA in Free-Throw Percentage (0.889), he was also named MVP of the Euroleague Final Four in 2005 and led Maccabi Tel Aviv to consecutive Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005.
Krstic took some time during NBA All-Star to answer your questions.

What is the difference between the Euroleague and the NBA?
- Andre from Milan
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Saranus Jasikevicius (NBAE/Getty)

</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Jasikevicius: That is a broad question. I don&#180;t know. Everything is different, starting from the way you travel, from how many games you play, the marketing, the ticket sales, the arenas, different players, a different mentality and a different lifestyle.
What is it like to play with rather than against Peja Stojakovic like you did in Europe?
- Hery from Indianapolis

Jasikevicius: It is great. It&#180;s another guy with a lot of basketball knowledge, another veteran who has been in this league for years and he knows how to do stuff. It is great. He is already helping our team a lot and can help us even more.
How do you feel about being part of the All-Star Weekend?
Jasikevicius: It is a great experience. This is something I will look back to. I feel very honoured that I got invited here, so this is great.
Do you think you will be an All-Star yourself one day?
Jasikevicius: Sometime soon? Probably not. Why not? I don&#180;t know. It&#180;s the age and so on.

Will Galen
02-21-2006, 10:17 AM
People get to caught up in "he said, she said," type of stuff. Everything is over analyzed.

It's what he does between the lines that they can see for themselves that should be discussed, not something overheard by Bubba's brother that may or may not be in context.

SwissExpress
02-21-2006, 10:19 AM
I can't agree more. Except that maybe "analysis" isn't always the right word in that kind of discussions.

They are just very emotional.

SwissExpress
02-21-2006, 04:56 PM
The one thing I like about his answers in here is that he does not exclude becoming an All-Star. Just not "sometime soon":) The man just never loses his confidence.

I know it would be difficult for him with his age and the position he plays but I want to believe he still has a chance to do it. One thing I'm sure about: if he comes anywhere close to becoming an All-Star, he should have quite many fans in media to push his case. Having Chad Ford, Hollinger, etc behind you deffinitely increases chances.

I just hope he remains as confident as he is. He always had many haters. The sad part is that even in Europe some of his previous fans seem dissapointed today. Even from Lithuanian and Jewish fans, seemingly his biggest supporters around, I started to hear rather often how average as a player he is, that he's never been in the same class as Bodiroga and other best European players, etc.. Hmmm, on the other hand, it's the same routine as during every previous of his adaption periods.

Lithfan
02-21-2006, 05:29 PM
The one thing I like about his answers in here is that he does not exclude becoming an All-Star. Just not "sometime soon":) The man just never loses his confidence.

I know it would be difficult for him with his age and the position he plays but I want to believe he still has a chance to do it. One thing I'm sure about: if he comes anywhere close to becoming an All-Star, he should have quite many fans in media to push his case. Having Chad Ford, Hollinger, etc behind you deffinitely increases chances.

I just hope he remains as confident as he is. He always had many haters. The sad part is that even in Europe some of his previous fans seem dissapointed today. Even from Lithuanian and Jewish fans, seemingly his biggest supporters around, I started to hear rather often how average as a player he is, that he's never been in the same class as Bodiroga and other best European players, etc.. Hmmm, on the other hand, it's the same routine as during every previous of his adaption periods.

Sorry Swiss, i missed Saras talk... :)
The problem with Jasikevicius being an All-Star is that there are plenty of excellent guards in NBA. Talented centers have no problem, see Ilgauskas. But how can Saras be ahead of Iverson or Kidd?

I don't want him to be all-star. But if he starts and provides leadership, game vision and leads his team to the victory bringing that something special that he brought to Maccabi, it would do.

And may be in that case, especially if he does some commercials in China :rolleyes:, he can be All-Star. European fans alone - 3 million Lithuanians+6 million Israelis + 1 million in Barcelona + 1 Swiss fan :D would not be enough....

rexnom
02-21-2006, 05:41 PM
Sorry Swiss, i missed Saras talk... :)
The problem with Jasikevicius being an All-Star is that there are plenty of excellent guards in NBA. Talented centers have no problem, see Ilgauskas. But how can Saras be ahead of Iverson or Kidd?

I don't want him to be all-star. But if he starts and provides leadership, game vision and leads his team to the victory bringing that something special that he brought to Maccabi, it would do.

And may be in that case, especially if he does some commercials in China :rolleyes:, he can be All-Star. European fans alone - 3 million Lithuanians+6 million Israelis + 1 million in Barcelona + 1 Swiss fan :D would not be enough....

If you can rally all Lithuanians to vote then that is more than enough. Also, if Stern decides to go with an International vs. U.S. all-star game in the next five years and Sarunas really develops then it's quite possible he'll make it.

Lithfan
02-22-2006, 02:37 AM
If you can rally all Lithuanians to vote then that is more than enough. Also, if Stern decides to go with an International vs. U.S. all-star game in the next five years and Sarunas really develops then it's quite possible he'll make it.

Yes, I just checked the numbers and million votes would probably be enough.
But first he has to start playing well and show at least 15/3/8 stats.

Julius Sour
02-22-2006, 05:37 AM
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=2813~2381&teams=4~11

SwissExpress
02-22-2006, 06:05 AM
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=2813~2381&teams=4~11

?

Kestas
02-22-2006, 06:06 AM
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=2813~2381&teams=4~11

no, no, no, no..
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=2804~396&teams=11~3

:rolleyes:

Julius Sour
02-22-2006, 09:41 AM
no, no, no, no..
http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=2804~396&teams=11~3

:rolleyes:


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