In the words of Chris Rock: Grand Opening, Grand Closing.
With the NBA Lockout in full force, we mentioned here that San Antonio Spurs' forward DeJuan Blair was headed to Russia. His trip ended pretty quickly, though as the former Pitt star is now done overseas only four games in.
Blair played well, averaging 16 points per game and nearly seven rebounds, but he was still showed the door after only four games. It wasn't completely unexpected, though, because that was the length of the contract.
"DeJuan helped us to to get to the main draw of VTB League. It was the most important goal for us for the first part of the season. We thank him for the brilliant performances he had in these games" said GM of Samara Sergey Timofeyev.
That quote is actually pretty funny if you think about it.
I'm seeing this more and more with the guys heading overseas for a cup of coffee. A similar scenario was discussed with the possibility of Kobe Bryant heading over there for only about ten games.
Frankly, I don't get it - on both counts. Are NBA players so starved for a paycheck already that they're willing to risk injury in order to suit up for a handful of games? And while I can understand a team paying big bucks to a superstar such as Kobe to play a few times in order to sell jerseys and sell out some contests, is it really worth it to bring in (no disrespect) a mid-carder such as Blair? For a full season with the goal of winning a championship? Get that.
But this? Odd dealings.