Songaila Is Ballin'
Since there is little going on stateside with regards to the NBA, I've been glancing over at the Eurobasket site from time to time to keep tabs of the European Championships.
So far there have been a few surprises - including Serbia's disappointing performance and the vile comments from the Memphis Grizzlies' Darko Milicic after it was eliminated in the first round. But nothing stands out like the shocking unbeaten run of Slovenia, which is led by the infamous (shout it out in your best Stephen A. Smith) Rasho Nesterovic.
Defending world champion Spain is the favorite, even though its 28-game win streak in international competitions came to an end last week. Spain welcomed back Juan Carlos Navarro from a right thigh injury and he dropped 15 points and three three-pointers against Russia on Saturday. I saw that Lithuania - recharged by former Maryland star and Golden State Warriors bench-rider Sarunas Jasikevicius's return to the national team - is still unbeaten following an 88-73 win today over France and the Desperate Point Guard, Tony Parker.
Wizards forward Darius Songaila had his best game of the tournament, with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Songaila is averaging 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds for Lietuva (5-0).
Tim Warren is covering the event for our paper and a story should be running on Songaila some time this week. He sent me an e-mail yesterday about Songaila that read, "Darius has looked pretty good -- averaging about 9 points and playing about 20 minutes a game on a team loaded with front-court talent. He sometimes plays at the 5. Saturday night he guarded [Toronto's Andrea] Bargnani and did a solid job. He seems to handle the running and banging without any problem and insists his back feels fine, though you know and I know he'd say that if he were close to death."
No doubt the Wizards are keeping an eye on Songaila after he suffered a back injury in Japan last year and was forced to miss half the season. But somebody from the team needs to e-mail the Eurobasket website and let them know about the huge mistake on Songaila's home page. Check out how they spell the Washington Wizzards.
Would there be a problem if the team was still called the Bullets?
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