With only three NBA games going last night, the most surprising story of the American evening needn’t have been too mind-blowing, but Sasha Vujacic’s performance in the Los Angeles’ Lakers surprisingly easy 101-89 win over the San Antonio Spurs was among the more remarkable at least.
Vujacic ended up with eight points on 3-of-3 shooting in the win and played 14 minutes. Sasha started the second quarter with a lineup full of showroom models just waiting to be taken away before the NBA trade deadline later this month: Along with Pau Gasol, Vujacic hit the floor with Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Luke Walton – all subjects of trade rumors in the past two weeks.
Another factor contributing to Vujacic’s second-longest stint on court this season was surely necessity, with injuries to Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum well exposing the Lakers’ thinness at the far side of the bench while limiting L.A.’s rotation to an un-Jacksonesque eight (Powell and D.J. Mbenga played six minutes and one minute, respectively and combined for zero points on three shots).
Since Vujacic.net is more of a publicity site and less of a blog for “The Machine” – The sole meaningful writing from Sasha was his official statement on the Team Slovenia flap this summer – we have little idea what Vujacic thinks about the possibility of being traded, the scant amount of playing time he’s received for the past two seasons, and the fierce battle for the 12th man spot with Adam Morrison.
The two-year anniversary of Vujacic’s untimely demise, i.e. the murder of his confidence at the hands of Ray Allen in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Championship, will be observed in June. Video below; not for the squeamish and/or Laker fans.