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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kaun on hand for blowout

Among the faces in the crowd Tuesday night were former Kansas center Sasha Kaun and his wife, Taylor Blue Kaun.

Among the faces in the crowd Tuesday night were former Kansas center Sasha Kaun and his wife, Taylor Blue Kaun.

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Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun of CSKA Moscow, who had left knee surgery Thursday in Cleveland to remove a diseased component of the patellar tendon, attended Tuesday’s game with his wife, former KU soccer player Taylor Blue.

“I told the team I wanted to do the rehab here,” said Kaun, who averaged 9.1 points off 71.3 percent shooting with 4.6 rebounds in 21 Euroleague games last season. He also was starting center for Russia’s national team at the world championships.

“It’s something that started (to bother him) during the last month of the regular season. I played on it, and it turned into a chronic situation. I tried to rehab it three times and got some different medical opinions and had surgery.

“I’ll be back in January,” he added of a season that lasts until June.

Kaun recently had his contract extended through the 2011-12 season. However, the contract has a buyout, so there’s a chance he could play for the team with his draft rights, the Cleveland Cavaliers, next season.

“I’ll recover from this, play the rest of the season and look at all options. It is something every player dreams about, competing with the best of the best,” he added of the NBA. “It’s something I may want to do eventually. We’ll make the best decision possible.”

Kaun — he and his wife live in Kansas City, Mo. — plans to attend several KU games during his rehab.

“It’s great to be back and to see the guys. I think about our championship season a lot. It was a great experience, something to remember forever,” added the hero of KU’s Elite Eight victory over Davidson.

“We’ve talked about that game. He’s said some things about it,” Kaun added, with a smile, referring to talks with coach Bill Self.

Comments

AsadZ 10 years ago

Sasha - What a great ambassador of KU basketball.

Danny Hernandez 10 years ago

No Kaun, we don't win the elite 8 game against Davidson. Sasha was huge that game... He'll always be one of my favorite players and he is a great ambassador for Kansas Basketball

Marcia Parsons 10 years ago

He's saying that without Kaun we wouldn't have won.

gchawk 10 years ago

Thanks, now I see what he was meaning.

dtownhawkfan 10 years ago

I was a self-admitting Sasha hater....but ever since that Davidson game where he more or less kept us in it/won it for us I have never said and will never say a bad thing about the guy. We don't have a NC in 08 without him.

hailtoku 10 years ago

Some of the fans Sasha is going up against... makes us and the cameron crazies look like chumps.

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