Sasha tries to find a way to stay positive over little playing time.
L.A. Times: Reporting from Indianapolis – He has been told that his role might be limited, something that was not the case for Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic the two previous seasons.
It happened again Wednesday night, when Vujacic played a little more than 3 1/2 minutes against the Indiana Pacers.
The key, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson pointed out, will be how Vujacic performs when he is on the court and his demeanor during this time.
“It’s disappointing to him,” Jackson said.
Vujacic played a career-high 17.8 minutes during the 2007-08 season and averaged a career-best 8.8 points. He averaged 16.2 minutes and 5.8 points last season.
This season, Vujacic was averaging 7.5 minutes and 2.3 points before Wednesday night’s game.
Vujacic is basically the fifth guard in the rotation, playing behind starters Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher and reserves Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown, who has taken over the role once reserved for Vujacic.
“The thing is, P.J. [Jackson] knows what I can do,” Vujacic said. “Obviously we are playing a different kind of basketball and we all know that. The rotations are doing good and we are playing just different than before.
“In the beginning, it was kind of unexplainable. But I talked to P.J. a couple of times. I’ve just got to stay ready. There’s no reason to get down. If you get down, when you go in, you’re not going to do what you are supposed to do. So I just try to stay positive.”