Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

  1. #1
    Expect Delays blanket's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,810

    Default latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...R2005062801584

    Jasikevicius Looks for NBA Shot
    Free Agent Hopeful Counts On His Stardom in Europe

    By Greg Abel
    Special to The Washington Post
    Wednesday, June 29, 2005; E08

    When Gary Williams took his University of Maryland men's basketball team to Italy last summer, European fans kept asking Maryland players and coaches about a particular former player who has become a global superstar with a reputation for delivering championships.

    Steve Francis? Juan Dixon?

    No, the former Terrapin with the biggest reputation outside the United States is none other than Sarunas Jasikevicius, who played for Maryland from 1994 to 1998.

    "He's a rock star in Europe," Williams said of the 6-foot-4 Lithuanian, who recently led Maccabi Tel Aviv to its second consecutive Euroleague title.

    A solid but unspectacular player in College Park, the 29-year-old Jasikevicius has blossomed into perhaps Europe's most popular and respected player. His leadership and consistent ability to perform in the clutch has made NBA teams almost as high on "Saras," as he is known, as the rabid Maccabi fans, who have devoted Web sites, short films and "please stay" petitions to try to keep him.

    As NBA teams evaluate their needs following last night's draft, however, it appears that Jasikevicius will finally make his debut in the NBA next season, more than seven years after departing College Park. He has emerged as one of the hottest -- if perhaps trickiest to pronounce -- free agent names of the summer. (It's pronounced yes-uh-KA-vi-shus).

    Indiana, Portland, Boston, Dallas, Utah and Cleveland are interested in the point guard-shooting guard, according to league sources.

    "He has a legitimate NBA game," Toronto Raptors General Manager Rob Babcock said last month during the Euroleague Final Four in Moscow.

    Now that the league has a new labor deal in place, the player's agent, Doug Neustadt of McLean-based Octagon, can begin talking to teams on July 1 and hopes to strike a multiyear deal soon thereafter. For Jasikevicius, an NBA contract would mark the end to an amazing run as a superstar in Europe and the start of a new challenge as a rookie in the NBA.

    "I know that my time is now," he said. "I'm very happy with what I've done, but the NBA has always been my dream."

    Jasikevicius acknowledges that he wasn't good enough for the NBA when he left Maryland after averaging 12.4 points per game his senior year. He went home to Lithuania in 1998 and played for one season, then moved to Slovenia for another, all the while gaining confidence. In 2000, Jasikevicius joined Spanish power Barcelona and remained for three seasons, piling up championships and accolades, including one Euroleague and two Spanish League titles.

    In Europe, Jasikevicius has played the point, unlike his career at Maryland, where he found himself on the wing and without much leadership responsibility.

    "In general, being a pro and being able to concentrate totally on basketball really changed me," he said. "I'm a better ballhandler."

    After helping Barcelona win the Euroleague crown in 2003, Jasikevicius led the Lithuanian national team to the European championship later that same summer. Maccabi won a bidding war for his services for the next two seasons -- both culminating in Euroleague championships.

    On the court during the Euroleague Final Four in Moscow last month, Jasikevicius exuded confidence, determination and a bit of a temper. He constantly encouraged teammates, chided the referees and waved at the crowd to make noise.

    "I don't know any other way to play the game," he said.

    This season for Maccabi, Jasikevicius averaged about 15 points and six assists per game, but teammates and coaches say his true value lies in his ability to produce when it matters most.

    "He's a tremendous open-court passer, a big-game player, and a big playmaker, the likes of which you don't find every day anywhere," said David Blatt, a former assistant coach with Maccabi who recruited Jasikevicius to Tel Aviv. "When the money is on the line, Saras is going to step up and make plays."

    The persistent knock against Jasikevicius has been his defense and quickness, with some questioning whether he can guard on the perimeter. Given the opportunity to play against America's best, however, Jasikevicius has performed well.

    During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he scored 27 points for the underdog Lithuanians and missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to nearly cap an enormous upset over the Dream Team. In 2004 in Athens, Jasikevicius scored 28 points to help put the Americans away, 94-90, during a qualifying-round win.

    He regards his success against Team USA with pride, but also a dose of realism, saying, "Those guys are good, but the Olympics is not their priority for sure."

    As much as Jasikevicius has evolved since his days in College Park, so too has the NBA, which welcomes and recruits international players as never before. Fans need to look no further than the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to see players such as Tony Parker from France and Manu Ginobili from Argentina as examples of international players making a dramatic impact.

    "The Europeans are playing sound, fundamental basketball, and that's why we'll see more and more in the NBA," Portland Trail Blazers General Manger John Nash said.

    For his part, Jasikevicius said he has no desire to come to the NBA if it means sitting on the bench. He wants to play for a team that has a chance to win and that will give him an opportunity to play meaningful minutes.

    And the money has to be right. While salaries in Europe aren't reported as openly as in the United States, Jasikevicius is certainly one of Europe's top-paid players, which means at least a seven-figure salary, plus perks and benefits. If, for some reason, the right NBA deal isn't offered, he'll have plenty of suitors overseas.

    "There was always the question of whether there was enough money to bring him over," said Neustadt, his agent. "But now, NBA teams are opening their eyes to the high-end professionals in Europe. No one has accomplished what Sarunas has accomplished."

    Said Jasikevicius, "I would like to go in and compete against the best players in the world and see what I can do."
    "I'll always be a part of Donnie Walsh."
    -Ron Artest, Denver Post, 12.28.05

  2. #2
    Expect Delays blanket's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,810

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Based on the list of teams they mention in this article, and after last night's draft, it would seem that our only real competition for signing him might be Boston or maybe Dallas.

    I think we have the inside edge, I just hope it works out!
    "I'll always be a part of Donnie Walsh."
    -Ron Artest, Denver Post, 12.28.05

  3. #3
    Long time fan diamonddave00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Castle de Verde (Greencastle)
    Posts
    1,371
    Mood

    Sports Logo Sports Logo Sports Logo Sports Logo

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Lets see rumor is we are shopping Anthony Johnson , then go for 2 forwards in the draft.

    Seems Larry is keeping that backup pg slot open for Sarunas Jasikevicius. Signing the 6'4 Sar , an outside shooter capable of playing both guard spots seems a good idea.

    Lets see could both Jones' be moved this summer? I think Larry ,is moding a team which could be far different than last years squad.

  4. #4
    Member Isaac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Chicago
    Age
    25
    Posts
    3,146

    Sports Logo Sports Logo Sports Logo Sports Logo

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Oh man I really really hope we sign him

  5. #5
    flexible and robust SoupIsGood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Lappy Go Hucky
    Age
    26
    Posts
    17,540

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    We need to sign this guy, he would help fill in many of the holes in the roster.
    You, Never? Did the Kenosha Kid?

  6. #6
    flexible and robust SoupIsGood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Lappy Go Hucky
    Age
    26
    Posts
    17,540

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by diamonddave00
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Lets see rumor is we are shopping Anthony Johnson , then go for 2 forwards in the draft.

    Seems Larry is keeping that backup pg slot open for Sarunas Jasikevicius. Signing the 6'4 Sar , an outside shooter capable of playing both guard spots seems a good idea.

    Lets see could both Jones' be moved this summer? I think Larry ,is moding a team which could be far different than last years squad.
    Go for two forwards in the draft?

    I don't understand. Are you talking next year?
    You, Never? Did the Kenosha Kid?

  7. #7
    Long time fan diamonddave00's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Castle de Verde (Greencastle)
    Posts
    1,371
    Mood

    Sports Logo Sports Logo Sports Logo Sports Logo

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    No I meant yesterday's rumor was Anthony Johnson was being shopped , then last night the Pacers drafted 2 forwards. Not addressing the back court at all.

  8. #8
    Member CableKC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    San Jose, CA ( 1123, 6536, 5321 )
    Age
    41
    Posts
    24,606

    Sports Logo

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by blanket
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Based on the list of teams they mention in this article, and after last night's draft, it would seem that our only real competition for signing him might be Boston or maybe Dallas.

    I think we have the inside edge, I just hope it works out!
    What inside edge does the Pacers have that no other team has?

    For his part, Jasikevicius said he has no desire to come to the NBA if it means sitting on the bench. He wants to play for a team that has a chance to win and that will give him an opportunity to play meaningful minutes.

    And the money has to be right. While salaries in Europe aren't reported as openly as in the United States, Jasikevicius is certainly one of Europe's top-paid players, which means at least a seven-figure salary, plus perks and benefits. If, for some reason, the right NBA deal isn't offered, he'll have plenty of suitors overseas.
    What's worse is that we can't do it unless we trade away AJ. I don't mind trading AJ.....but there is no way that Sarunas considers the Pacers a team to go to if he is competing for minutes with AJ. With the PG situation in Cleveland....I could see them trading away McInnis ( as they aren't happy with him ) and opening up space for Sarunas.

    Get rid of AJ first and then we can talk about this guy......until then....Sarunas is a pipedream.

  9. #9
    Member Knucklehead Warrior's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    874

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    So, why wasn't this guy drafted?

  10. #10
    White and Nerdy Anthem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    23,738

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by Knucklehead Warrior
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    So, why wasn't this guy drafted?
    He's a star veteran in Europe. He doesn't want to be drafted, he just wants to sign with somebody. Why enter the crapshoot when he can pick his situation?
    Welcome to Pacers Digest! New around here? Here are three tips for making the forum a great place to talk about Pacers basketball.

    • Log in. Even if you want to read instead of post, it's helpful because it lets you:
    • Change your signature options. You can hide all signatures by choosing "Settings" (top right) then "General Settings" (middle left) and unchecking the box "Show Signatures" (in the "Thread Display Options" area).
    • Create an ignore list. I know it may seem unneighborly. But you're here to talk about the Pacers, not argue with someone who's just looking for an argument. Most of the regular users on here make use (at least occasionally) of the "Ignore" feature. Just go to "Settings" -> "Edit Ignore List" and add the names.

    Enjoy your time at PD!

  11. #11
    Grumpy Old Man (PD host) able's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    London UK
    Posts
    8,699

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by Knucklehead Warrior
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    So, why wasn't this guy drafted?
    A. He did not enter the draft
    B. He is most likely making more then a top 5 draft player already per year
    C. He want to play in the NBA and teams want him, but he does not want to loose to much salary and is aiming for a 3yr 10 mio deal.
    D. He is 29
    E. He is God where he plays now. (Euro league MVP, finals MVP)
    So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

    If you've done 6 impossible things today?
    Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!


  12. #12

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    He is too old to be drafted. In a sence he went undrafted some 4 or so years ago and went to Europe. He developed over there into a Euro Star and now is looking to make it big in the NBA.

    Kinda like the Japanese stars coming over to play Baseball in the US.

    Outsider

  13. #13
    Chest Rockwell
    Guest

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Toronto GM Rob Babcock likes his game, which scares me immensely

  14. #14

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by diamonddave00
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Lets see rumor is we are shopping Anthony Johnson , then go for 2 forwards in the draft.

    Seems Larry is keeping that backup pg slot open for Sarunas Jasikevicius. Signing the 6'4 Sar , an outside shooter capable of playing both guard spots seems a good idea.

    Lets see could both Jones' be moved this summer? I think Larry ,is moding a team which could be far different than last years squad.
    You know they've got to like Fred Jones. I do, most do, wooo, party. But ...

    If they want to keep Jones, they're staring at having to add another long-term contract, which I'd guess would be at the very least equivalent to Foster's.

    If you sign a guy you feel can in fact play the point - something Jones hasn't proven he can do for more than six minutes at a time - and you have this wonderboy in Danny Granger to eat minutes ...

    Fred Jones becomes a helluva bargaining chip. And gawd, I marvel at the ability to play an eight-man rotation if they start to trim some depth.

  15. #15
    WEST
    Guest

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chest Rockwell
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Toronto GM Rob Babcock likes his game, which scares me immensely
    LOL, that probably means we should stay from him.

  16. #16
    Administrator Peck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,620

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chest Rockwell
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Toronto GM Rob Babcock likes his game, which scares me immensely
    I thought the exact same thing.


    Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

  17. #17
    flexible and robust SoupIsGood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Lappy Go Hucky
    Age
    26
    Posts
    17,540

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Babcock, while blowing his first pick with the V-man, had two solid picks in Graham and Ukic, in my opinion.
    You, Never? Did the Kenosha Kid?

  18. #18

    Default Re: latest article on Jasikevicius (Washington Post)

    Does it frighten anyone else that Rob's name is one letter away from being Badcock? Poor kid.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •