Wednesday, September 21, 2005

SHOCKING: Unrest in Serbia-Montenegro

The AP has the story on Serbia-Montenegro's shockingly bad performance at the Euros and what's happened since the typically dominant squad was vanquished.

S-M's coach, Zeljko Obradovic, said players including Minnesota's Marko Jaric and Seattle's Vladimir Radmanovic were involved in separate fistfights with teammates during the tournament. Obradovic and players Dejan Tomasevic, Zeljko Rebraca (of the Clips) and "greatest Euro not playing in the NBA" Dejan Bodiroga have all resigned from the team.

What's this mean? Well, Peja sat the year out, saying he needed to focus on resting and tightening up his game. I'm even more glad now that he sat it out, because being involved in this sort of catastrophe is nothing but negative.

Also, Serbia-Montenegro finished outside the top six in Europe, which means they don't get an automatic invite to the Worlds in 2006. They could still get a wild-card berth, though. But with the team's undisputed leader in Bodiroga gone, Vlade Divac getting creakier than grandma's attic door and Peja seemingly distancing himself from the national team, you wonder if this isn't it for the nation's 2006 hopes.

Peja will probably have a pretty busy offseason next year, anyways. You know, winning a NBA title, negotiating a discounted salary to stay in Sacramento and solving world hunger. Lots of stuff on his plate.


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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