O.C. Register: I asked Sasha Vujacic two days after the Celtics got eliminated by Orlando what exactly is the new rule on wearing green clothing in light of that.
Vujacic basically said that I could wear green and others could wear green … but after so long swearing against it, he was going to hold out until the Lakers won the NBA title, regardless of Boston’s situation. Sure enough, Vujacic showed up at the Lakers’ practice facility today in a simple green polo shirt.
Vujacic said his plan is to play for the Slovenian national team for the first time as it makes its most concerted effort to challenge in the European Championships this summer. That, he hopes, will get his game back on beam.
“It’s not a secret I shot the ball terribly this year,” Vujacic said.
He basically lost his front-running spot in the rotation to Trevor Ariza, and it doesn’t look as if Vujacic will ever get it back. That’s what Phil Jackson wanted him to accept in the postseason and just focus on being solid for the few minutes he was out there spelling Kobe Bryant. What Jackson today told Vujacic, whose season was put off course by a preseason injury and various other minor ailments, was he needs to learn to stop pressing so much during games.
Vujacic certainly has skills and has developed defensively, and the Lakers hope some general maturity will get him to be calmer on the court in the future.
“I’m never going to have a season like that,” he said.