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Monday, May 4, 2009

Kaun’s squad second

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— Former Kansas University basketball center Sasha Kaun’s CSKA Moscow squad fell to Panathinaikos of Greece, 73-71, in Sunday’s Euroleague championship game in Berlin. Kaun scored three points in 13 minutes.

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jaybate 10 years, 8 months ago

It must be a great feeling to earn $1M clams a year for playing 13 minutes a game. Oligopoly capitalism has triumphed in Russia.

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate...I was thinking the same thing. Was that in line with his season averages? He'll never see the NBA with stats like that...and perhaps he's cool with that.

UjayK 10 years, 8 months ago

Come on lads. The guy helped us in winning it all in 08'. Doesn't he deserve a bit support? From what I have heard, the Russian league is on a very high standard. I am confident if he keeps his level of performance up then the NBA will come for him eventually. Wasn't he drafted by some NBA team last year already?

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 10 years, 8 months ago

I miss King Kaun. He was a great person and basketball player. I don't see him in the NBA, but I was hoping he'd be a CSKA Moscow stud!

KUbsee69 10 years, 8 months ago

Cleveland owns the NBA rights to Sasha. He was drafted by Seattle (now Oklahoma City) and traded to Cleveland.

B60 10 years, 8 months ago

He plays on one of the best teams in Europe. He doesn't start but plays some. His time will come. The real advantage is that he earns a lot of money and only plays 2 times a week. Doesn't get beat up like the NBA. He can have a great career in Europe and make a great living.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 8 months ago

You also have to consider the fact that in Europe. younger players typically come off the bench. In addition to that, "big men" are expected to be more versatile than in the states. They expect a Pau Gasol, or Zyldrunas Ilgaukas type of game with lots of jump shots and turn arounds. That isn't Kaun's game. I personally think Sasha would be more productive in the NBA where he could come off the bench for shot blocking, rebounding and the occasional back-door jam.

cklarock 10 years, 8 months ago

Sounds like it was a great game.

From: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1082800.html

"(Panthanaikos had) a 48-28 halftime lead.

"They would prove to need that as CSKA held the Greens scoreless for more than 18 minutes, scoring 17 unanswered points. CSKA narrowed the gap to one in the closing seconds, but couldn't complete the comeback."

Bummer. Sasha does know a thing or two about comebacks in title games. :)

suttonku 10 years, 8 months ago

Kaun is a really smart guy so once his career is done he will find something else to do and be really successful at whatever he decides i mean the guy did have like a 4.0 GPA

mlubyRN 10 years, 8 months ago

Hell ya he is reeeaally smart! So, once Lebron leaves the Cavs and Kaun comes back to America to play for the Cavs with Darnell, he can also work for Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Um, Kaun wasn't a scoring threat in college. Not sure why people think he would be more of a threat in a professional league. Great guy and a great defensive player, but he will never be a powerhouse inside. Happy for him.

jaybate 10 years, 8 months ago

Um, I wasn't talking about scoring.

Um, I was talking about making a million bones for 13 minutes per game.

Um, that's a good deal. :-)

Jared Grillot 10 years, 8 months ago

Yeah... and we know that Kaun can do the math. That's better than $8 an hour at Wal-Mart! Rock on, big guy!

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