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Old 10-27-2011, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WEEMS DOES EUROPE

Hi everybody!

Iím going to introduce myself: This is Sonny Weems of Toronto Raptors fame. Last summer I signed with Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania and Iím now going to blog here at HoopsHype about my experiences in Europe Ė pretty much what Pete Mickeal used to do at the site.

Just got to Kaunas after losing against Unicaja in Game 2 of the Euroleague regular season. It was a tough game, a tough loss. In the NBA when you lose a game, you go to the next one. Over here you canít: Every game counts.

After eight games, I can say playing in Europe is way different to playing in the NBA. In the U.S. if youíre up by a certain amount of points, some teams just give up. Not here. Every possesion counts.

Another difference is the slow-paced game, which forces you to use your half-court abilities. Thereís a lot of flopping too and they donít call some foulsÖ And I have to handle the traveling situation. I got two travel calls Tuesday night, so I have to work on that throughout practice. Right now my focus is getting better at half-court situations.

The first Euroleague game was against CSKA Moscow, Andrei Kirilenkoís team. It was nice to play against him, we talked a little bit and we cracked some jokes. At the end he played a great game and got the win.

LAWSONíS TWITTER BEEF

Well, as you may know, my friend and teammate Ty Lawson had an argument with some fans on Twitter.

We actually talked a little bit about it before he tweeted it. I donít think there will be any consequences. I think thatís one debate you canít win. First you have to deal with the fans and then you have to deal with the coaches. Thatís one thing I donít want to get involved in.

DISCOVERING NEW PLACES

Playing abroad gives you the opportunity to travel a lot and discover very interesting cities. Russia was great. MoscowÖ I really like it. Itís like a bigger New York City! Nightlife, shoppingÖ Then I went to Kazakhstan, and I thought it was going to be one of the worst places Iíve ever been - thatís what most of my teammates were saying - but it was great! One of the best places Iíve seen in Europe so far! No Borat, friends.

Traveling is always good because it opens your eyes a lot. Thereís really good cities besides Miami, L.A. and other cities you know about.

DISCOVERING THE WIRE

One thing Iíve got to tell you is that I canít stop watching HBOís The Wire! Iíve been watching it like crazy. I used to hear a lot of people talking about it, but I never had the chance to watch it. Iíve started like a couple of weeks ago and I just canít stop watching it. Iím watching Season 5 already. I know a lot of people will root for Jimmy McNultyÖ Me? No cops! My favorite characters would be Bodie Broadus or Marlo Stanfield.

Well, thatís all for now.

Talk to you soon.

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