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Old 01-07-2009, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm sincerely sick of Feschuk. Maybe because I really like Roko but saying some of the things he says is ridiculous. Maybe it's just me but whatever....here's the article.

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Approached by a reporter with a request for an interview, Roko Ukic tore himself away from his iPhone with only minimal hesitation.

The avowed sports junkie who doubles as a Raptors point guard was interrupting his on-the-road ritual of browsing the sports news of the world. But he acknowledged he wasn't exactly upset to have a reason to cut himself off from the habitual scroll.

Ukic is earning $1.2 million (U.S.) this season, but one gets the idea that if he indulged the extent of his appetite for mobile Internet access, his bottom line would take a serious hit.

"In the States, it costs a lot of money. It's crazy. I get a bill for TV, Internet, two cell phones and almost half the bill is (U.S. mobile Internet charges)," he said, shaking his head and smiling. "This was my rookie mistake the first month of the season. I said, `No more.'"

For Ukic, a 23-year-old from Croatia, surely there are more rookie mistakes to be made. But after an abysmal beginning to the season, when he and teammate Will Solomon took turns providing weak performances in relief of starting point guard Jose Calderon, Ukic, at least, has shown signs of improvement.

Though the Raptors coughed up Monday night's tilt in Milwaukee, Ukic played a solid game on the offensive end. He scored all of his 11 points within 10 feet of the hoop, penetrating for three layups in service of a squad that's been short on that kind of aggressiveness.

And the game-clinching floater he hit in Sunday's win over Orlando was yet another piece of evidence that he is beginning to grasp his NBA niche.

"You cannot just go on the glass and just (lay it in), because this is a blocked shot (for the opponent)," he said. "In Europe, every third game you've got one good shot blocker. Here, every game you've got three on each team, so it's a little bit harder. ... I need to come with this floater."

The jury is still out, of course, on whether a slim-bodied Croatian with a below-average jump shot and questionable defensive acumen can be a viable NBA concern. And sitting among a troupe of opposing-team scouts in Milwaukee on Monday, assessments of Ukic were not kind.

"This kid," one birddog said, "is terrible."

Ukic is, those close to the team will tell you, diligently working to upgrade that scouting report, not that that's a guarantee of much. Ukic, after all, has been a faithful gym rat all his life, yet there are high-school kids all over the world with smoother-looking jump shots. Ukic is possessed, at the very least, of the correct approach.

"I don't think too much, `Will I play? How much will I play?' ... I just need to be ready," he said. "Every time I don't play, or if I play less, I can save that time and energy for practice. It can also be good, like you put money in the bank for the future."

Speaking of which, some web-surfing money would come in handy on road trips. As pricey as it is to indulge it, Ukic has a passionate fan's yearning to follow the exploits of athletes not regularly covered by USA Today. He checks in on the exploits of his hometown soccer team, Hajduk, and those of rabid rival Dinamo Zagreb. He follows Euroleague basketball. He's even an aficionado of ski racing's World Cup circuit.

"Don't write how much my (Internet) bill is," said Ukic, who could probably lease a luxury car for a few more dollars a month. "If my father finds out, he will kill me."

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/562838
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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"This kid," one birddog said, "is terrible."
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Pretty brutal assessment for the most part. I do think he's extremely raw and can't shoot to save his life from any kind of distance. I don't know if he can ever be a starter in the NBA but he certainly looks like he can be a decent backup in the future when he learns how to shoot.

Second round pick looking like a second round pick!

BTW, i fuckin hate Feschuk
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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WOW that birddog comment is so stupid. WTH is that guy smoking. Has he even watched a Raptors game
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The comment that got me was the shooting comment. Right now he's no better than Calderon's rookie year and saying he's met high school players better, personally, I'd like to see this list.

My thing is, he's nice enough to give you the interview, he's been a real bright spot and you write this? Real Classy!
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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WoW, That birddog comment was ******ed. Feschuck is just fucking ridiculous. Why the hell is he on Ukic's internet surfing usage
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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oh for christ fucking sakes, he DOES have a god awful BRUTAL looking piece of shit jump shot.

Period

You guys are fanatics.

Can't say anything bad about a guy without you plugs going apeshit.

The scout, ya he was SCOUTING, from what he saw, he thought Roko was shitty, So Feschuk is a douche for reporting what he was told???

So he's a douche for pointing out the obvious, and saying his Jumper was horrid???

I'm sorry boys, you are reading that artical poorly, it's a fair artical, and it crosses no lines, it also compliments a guy who, aside from one or two games, ahs been anything but good so far.

Get a fucking grip
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Probably the best idea is to ignore Feschuk, he is the horrible one not Roko.
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Its the tone of the article what is annoying, its like he doesnt want to be critic, he wants to piss off someone.
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Probably the best idea is to ignore Feschuk, he is the horrible one not Roko.
Let's face it Roko isn't horrible, but he's not that good either. For a rookie 2nd rounder i like him, but he's limited.
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Its the tone of the article what is annoying, its like he doesnt want to be critic, he wants to piss off someone.
That's Fescuk! He's a smug asshole!
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Let's face it Roko isn't horrible, but he's not that good either. For a rookie 2nd rounder i like him, but he's limited.
I agree, Roko is not that good right now, he can became a relative good role player who can enter the game and push the ball harder than Jose .... but Feschuk is horrible, don't you think?
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I agree, Roko is not that good right now, he can became a relative good role player who can enter the game and push the ball harder than Jose .... but Feschuk is horrible, don't you think?
I can't stand him. He's even worse then Doug Smith or Mush mouth Grange!
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sorry SJ - it's an assholic article. Sure Roko has a shitty jump shot, but he also has good qualities to his game too.

There is some truth to the article, but there's also an air of irritability about it that makes Feschuk haters continue to be haters.

Personally i'm neutral on Feschuk, but that wasn't a "nice" article.
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Let's face it Roko isn't horrible, but he's not that good either. For a rookie 2nd rounder i like him, but he's limited.
Hands out midol, prozac, ritalin and lithium, takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly ...
Its his first year, first or second go against the established points in the league.
There is a dimention to his game, that knack for getting inside as he showed in flashes in his previous games and alot more in the orlando game, that should intrigue us. He has the idea of drive and kick/pick and roll, with a little run and gun thrown into the mix ... he will fill the bill as a serviceable second team leader.
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oh for christ fucking sakes, he DOES have a god awful BRUTAL looking piece of shit jump shot.

Period

You guys are fanatics.

Can't say anything bad about a guy without you plugs going apeshit.

The scout, ya he was SCOUTING, from what he saw, he thought Roko was shitty, So Feschuk is a douche for reporting what he was told???

So he's a douche for pointing out the obvious, and saying his Jumper was horrid???

I'm sorry boys, you are reading that artical poorly, it's a fair artical, and it crosses no lines, it also compliments a guy who, aside from one or two games, ahs been anything but good so far.

Get a fucking grip
No SJ, you're wrong.

When a kid gives you the light of day, gives his first true interview you don't slam him. It's called respect. There were back handed compliments all over the place, specifically stating that know matter how much work he puts it, he'll never get better. I could care less about everything else he wrote to be honest, but if we're speaking of responsible journalism he should do his job.

He should not simply say that every HIGH SCHOOL player in the WORLD has a better jumper than him. It's not good writing, it's not good journalism and it's not treating the player fairly. Why not say he has a poor jumper? Could that not get the point across? No, putting in that little bit of extra kick in there takes it over the top. Hell and why not name names while we're at it. If we want to criticize the fan base for doing their job (defending a player) than we might as well criticize the journalist who wrote this.

This article could've been written much better, but the backhanded compliments paid to me show a lack of class and respect. And the fanbase wouldn't be upset if it weren't so much that this isn't the first time he's done this.
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This writer is a complete moron.
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whatevs.... you guys need to chill
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I don't know - I think you guys took the scout's comment, which Feschuk should have qualified in terms of being about the kid's shot, which is turrible, and then took everything else as backhanded compliments, instead of just pretty favorable. Really it's a pretty dead-on assessment if he uses the scout's comments properly to fill things out instead of the frivolous stuff about the iPhone. There's plenty to like about Roko right there in the article for anyone who knows nothing about him.

Not the best article in the world, but I don't see where it's a crime against skinny Croatians.
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It's nothing surprising. Feschuk is quite negative in almost everything he writes. I'm not sure who the girl was who hurt him long ago, but he needs to get over it and move on with his life. Life's worth living dude, cheer up.
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