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?

By Michael Lee |  September 10, 2007; 4:29 PM ET
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Jacsikevicius is a bench warmer in the NBA and a star in Euro competition, it shows that Navarro is far from a sure thing concerning his NBA career.

I am sure Songaila will be fine and ready to go by training camp, I'm expecting him to be solid for us this year.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | September 10, 2007 4:48 PM

We love the way they spell Wizzards!!!!

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Posted by: Jarkko tha Hamma Droppa | September 10, 2007 5:12 PM

"Jacsikevicius is a bench warmer in the NBA and a star in Euro competition, it shows that Navarro is far from a sure thing concerning his NBA career."

Only to the people who are willing to acknowledge such evidence as valid (which excludes many people hereabouts).

Posted by: kalorama | September 10, 2007 5:59 PM

Hey, it could be worse. They could be spelling Wizards "BouleS." Just kidding! Just kidding!

How about some stories about who's doing the Barry Farms thing, who's working out hard at VC, who seems to be dogging it, etc. Any attempts to patch things up between Poet and Haywood, or Haywood and EJ?

Ok, then, if there's really no news to report, how about some new AB jokes? :)

Posted by: Mitch | September 10, 2007 6:01 PM

Thanks for the post, which brought some sanity back to the joint... You guys know you cannot leave this bunch to there own devices...mayhem will ensue.

INteresting that Songaila is playing the 5. I am still bewildered about what the Wiz will be doing about the 5 position. BH cannot play there long before he does his usual disappearing act. And I am sure the coaches are interested in playing Pesh and even Blatche there, not withstanding their lack of strength. It is going to be interesting.

Posted by: Skeef | September 10, 2007 10:51 PM

"Les BouleS" is an awesome name!

Could be worse, like Les Gesier (Gizzards).

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 10, 2007 11:00 PM

hey did anyone see the tattoos on former wiz center pj ramos last week he had a tattoo on his arm of some creature and the words "the Beast" above it . I cant but to think some tattoo artist gave him one hell of a self portrait

Posted by: bring back laron profit | September 10, 2007 11:31 PM

Too bad they still aren't called the Bullets. The best thing about your report is that Songaila isn't getting too much PT and thus he won't hurt his back.

Posted by: George Templeton | September 11, 2007 1:17 AM

Anybody catch Etan on public tv the other night? He came across as being rather intellectual, lucid, and fairly opinionated...very impressive. Too bad NONE of those qualities translate to anything positive on the bball court for your Wizzards.

Posted by: oddjob | September 11, 2007 6:25 AM

"Anybody catch Etan on public tv the other night? He came across as being rather intellectual, lucid, and fairly opinionated...very impressive. Too bad NONE of those qualities translate to anything positive on the bball court for your Wizzards."

There's always positives with Etan: he plays his butt off and he's a physical banger down low. The problem is that he's one of the slowest jumpers in the NBA (he takes forever to gather himself before going up, and the bigs he's facing in the NBA are just too quick and agile for him to get away with that) and his ball skills are about half a notch above Ruffin-level. I like him better than Haywood as a person, obviously, but Haywood is taller, more athletic, more of a presence around the hoop offensively and defensively, and has a better jump-hook AND a better contract.

Posted by: Jake H. | September 11, 2007 10:17 AM

Anybody seen a translation of what Milicic said?

Posted by: Prazak | September 11, 2007 10:29 AM

"Anybody seen a translation of what Milicic said?"

Yeah, on youtube there was a video with subtitles. Darko was horrible -- assuming the subtitle was accurate, he included that he would *expletive* the referee's wives and little daughters.

Posted by: Dee | September 11, 2007 9:02 PM

sup everybody

about that last bulletin: i heard that the subtitles were exaggerated and didnt say ALL that.

p.s. if any bored wiz fans wants something to do, come on over to www.nbadimensions.net and sign up. its awesome, trust me.

NOT SPAM hahaha

Posted by: TYLER | September 12, 2007 5:37 PM

Jake:

You are absolutely right in that Haywood is the more physically gifted of the two players. I have seen play enough over the last few seasons and seen flashes where he can be absolutely dominant but the problem is he never sustains the effort. If he applied himself consistently I beleive he could dominant the eastern conference with its lack of quality centers but alas he is a soft player. If you could combine Haywood's physical gifts with heart and energy of Etan Thomas the Wizards would have a complete center.

But als Haywood is probably destined to be another Kwame Brown (a physically gifted player whose potential is wasted).

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