Julien talked about it and now it seems to be a bit of trend. The European players are about to leave the NBA. After the rumors about Sarunas Jasikevicius we got some news about Sasha Pavlovic (Serbia), Peja Stojakovic (Serbia) and Andre Kirilenko (Russia).
Doesn’t it sound weird that all these good European players want to leave the NBA? At first I was like – “What is wrong with these guys? What else do you want?” Somehow they all don’t like either their coach, team or their contract.
I am sure some Americans will say that Sarunas and Sasha are just two European who just did not make it – but what’s the excuse for All Stars like Peja and Andre? If this new trend will start to develop the European leagues well even take another step forward and the Euroleague will get better and better. A few years it was like taking a step back if you leave the NBA for a Euroleague team. Americans never got and still get the same respect if they play in Europe as if they would get playing on a NBA team.
The NBA Europe LIVE tour will give us another chance to see how close the European teams really are to be on the same level as NBA teams.