Sep 21, 2013
Haha, nice. Maybe he played us for fools and is laughing with his 4.6 mil all the way to the bank (the Lithuanian bank that is).
Probably not, but it would be nice if he did that for us.
He s back
So the Raps have taken him “off the books” while still paying him $4 1/2 Million for 2013/14. He responds with a leadership effort in Europe. What does this tell us? That he’s still good enough to play pro ball in Europe but not good enough or perhaps motivated enough to do the same in North America? It’s a conundrum wrapped in a riddle and it’s also more proof that Europeans don’t always make the transition from there to here.
Too bad – loved his attitude when he played “chippy” ball in TO, laughing at the trash talk from the USA stars – now his contribution has been replaced by Hansbrough.
Kleiza’s got the skills to play in the NBA but he kept getting hurt and was not a factor during his time with the Raps.
I suspect he’s still fragile. Raps moved on for the best. However, we are weak in the back up sf position.
Kleiza is better suited to the European game from a style perspective and physical demand perspective.
Saying the NBA schedule is a grind would be an understatement.
It was the same Kleiza in Slovenia we saw in Toronto the past 2 years. Rested, knees not hurting, Kleiza can be effective, but it doesn’t last. He can’t play back-to-back games. His knees get sore and he needs time off to rest – not that he would admit it, he just plays like crap. Kleiza will look great playing twice a week in Europe, but the NBA doesn’t have that schedule and a part-time guy off the bench – who is moody when he doesn’t/can’t play – is more trouble than he is worth in the NBA.