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Posted August 13, 2008 - 06:24 PM

Once you taste the NBA finals, your perception of the league changes. So says Sasha Vujacic, a 6'7" guard from Slovenia, who recently signed a three-year, $15-million contract to continue his career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The year, he says, is no longer divided into the offseason, training camp, the regular season and the playoffs. It becomes much simpler.

"You are either in the NBA finals, or on your way to the NBA Finals."

Vujacic is coming off a break-out season averaging 8.8 points per game behind a strong 43% from the three-point line. Usually coming in as a replacement for Kobe Bryant, it was no surprise that it was Bryant who kept in touch with Vujacic through the summer, discussing Vujacic's contract negotiations and the Lakers in general.

"They say when you sign a contract you can take it easy. But that is not at all how I feel. Hardest work should be in the offseason. Basketball is not just my job, it's my passion. So it is not hard to dedicate summers to basketball. I had done it since I came to the league."

Behind every successful basketball player there is usually a great family, providing guidance in a dynamic world that can give a lot, but that also requires a lot. Vujacic's family has lived here in States since his NBA career started four years ago, because of -- among other things -- some good advice from New Orleans Hornets' forward Peja Stojakovic, one of the best international players of the last decade.


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#2 SILO

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 06:33 PM

"They say when you sign a contract you can take it easy. But that is not at all how I feel. Hardest work should be in the offseason. Basketball is not just my job, it's my passion. So it is not hard to dedicate summers to basketball. I had done it since I came to the league."


Thats all I need to hear ;)

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 06:33 PM

This is great to hear, I don't wanna see him rest now that he got a new contract, I wanna see an even better MACHINE this year.

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 06:38 PM

This is great to hear, I don't wanna see him rest now that he got a new contract, I wanna see an even better MACHINE this year.


you got that right. the T-1000 ;)

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 06:39 PM

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 06:39 PM

We have the technology......

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 07:10 PM

its a shame luke didnt feel the same way when he signed that big contract.

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 08:16 PM

its a shame luke didnt feel the same way when he signed that big contract.


ACTULLAY WHAT WERE NOT REALISING IS LUKE WAS INJURED THE YEAR BEFORE LAST YEAR THIS SEASON WAS INJURED ALL OVER HIS BODY BUT STILL PLAYED I THINK LUKE WILLHAVE A BETTER SEASON NEXT SEASON
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Posted August 13, 2008 - 08:17 PM

ACTULLAY WHAT WERE NOT REALISING IS LUKE WAS INJURED THE YEAR BEFORE LAST YEAR THIS SEASON WAS INJURED ALL OVER HIS BODY BUT STILL PLAYED I THINK LUKE WILLHAVE A BETTER SEASON NEXT SEASON

You shouting while defending Luke makes me hate him more

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 08:27 PM

This is great to hear from Sasha. Hopefully the rest of the team follows his example.

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Posted August 13, 2008 - 08:34 PM

his talked the talk now can we walk the walk
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Posted August 13, 2008 - 08:51 PM

As long as Sasha keeps improving and doesn't regress then its all good! He better keep it up this summer - i'm glad that he's a gym rat and will most likely keep getting better. :machinehappy:
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Posted August 14, 2008 - 01:02 AM

:machinehappy: is charging his batteries :beers:

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Posted August 14, 2008 - 01:59 AM

wow sasha working hard
and will be the 6th man next season :machinehappy: :beers:
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Posted August 14, 2008 - 06:31 AM

I dun want to remind everyone of this but, finals game 4....his emotions on the bench showed it all. The Machine will be back and upgraded, true me on that.




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Posted August 14, 2008 - 07:33 AM

i like his mind set tho he is getting paid he wants to get better.

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Posted August 14, 2008 - 12:09 PM

he not a contract year machine. thats great to know!

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Posted August 14, 2008 - 07:45 PM

:stu: alright sash!

What was luke doing during his offseason after being resigned?

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Posted August 14, 2008 - 07:46 PM

Gotta love Sasha.

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Posted August 14, 2008 - 10:11 PM

I dun want to remind everyone of this but, finals game 4....his emotions on the bench showed it all. The Machine will be back and upgraded, true me on that.


Showed he has heart which is one of the most important things you can have in basketball.
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