Sasha knows he had a dismal season last year. He wants us to forget about it and look towards the future, this season.
O.C.Register: He was attempting to improve himself when, oddly and logically, he damaged himself instead.
Of course, Sasha Vujacic was running uphill at the time.
This is a guy who could use a break, this Laker paid for his outside shooting who still hasn’t made an outside shot – or a shot from any proximity – since Denver.
You remember Denver, right? Back before the Lakers won their latest NBA title, back before the Magic, back before that creepy Hulk Hogan appearance in Orlando?
Yeah, way back, like when the Dodgers were still considered punchers and not a punch line.
“Of course I wasn’t happy, just like every fan of mine wasn’t happy and every Lakers fan wasn’t happy,” Vujacic said of his Finals flameout. “I’m trying to find my game again.”
At least he has rediscovered his game again. Vujacic injured himself during the summer, tweaking his knee while running in the Slovenian mountains.
Doesn’t that sound like something a saber-toothed tiger would do? Running in the Slovenian mountains, we mean, not tweaking his knee.
Anyway, the knee nagged Vujacic for two weeks, all the local remedies failing. At one point, someone was massaging oil – olive oil – into Vujacic’s leg, certain the condition would improve.
Either that, or they were planning to serve Vujacic over a bed of linguine.
“The knee thing might have been best, really,” Vujacic said. “I came home – and when I say home, I mean L.A. – a little earlier and the training staff here was able to get me ready to go.”