Continuing with our recent All-Saruans-All-the-Time trend, today we (hopefully) wrap up the Sarunas saga for the summer: Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) signed with Panathinaikos in Greece. Panathinaikos is the defending Euroleague champion.
Also, ESPN.com ran a piece this week in their True Hoop blog about why Sarunas is great in Europe, mediocre in the NBA. In summary, rules differences in Europe such as different zone defense rules and a different interpretation of illegal screens makes it possible for a slower player like Sarunas to (a) get open for shots, and (b) rely more on teammates to cover up defensive liabilities.
The ESPN True Hoop blog also tipped me off about a new blog about European basketball, Ball in Europe, which has an article compares Sarunas's signing with the same-day signing of former Milwaukee player Lynn Greer with Panathinaikos's cross-town rival Olympiakos (who also tried to sign Sarunas), both for huge sums of money by Euroleague standards.