Caron Butler Stumps For Darius Songaila
D-Song is a baller-brawler, a hustler, and he doesn’t care what you think. Play him a lot, play him a little, he’s still going to give you the same effort night in and night out.
Unfortunately, Songaila doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves. He’s slow, too undersized to play center, and doesn’t rebound well — he’s averaging a career low 5.0 per 36 minutes this year (but if there was a hockey assist equivalent for rebounding, Songaila would kill).
But finally, someone with much more credibility than me is giving the Lithuanian his props.
When asked, “If you had one vote for this season, which Wizard off the bench would you give your All-Star vote to and why?,” in a recent chat, Caron Butler responded:
“I’d have to say Darius Songalia. He’s the ultimate professional, shoots a high percentage, is always ready, just a great teammate.”
Well there you go, Caron Butler loves him some Darius Songaila and you should too.
[Ivan Carter – Wizards Insider – Darius Songaila Report Card]
The vision that always comes to my mind when I think about Songaila is walking into that locker room before a game and seeing him sitting at his stall calmly watching a tape of that night’s opponent while reading over a scouting report. Meantime, some of the team’s young guys are usually bouncing off the walls goofing off.
I’ve always maintained that if Blatche and JaVale McGee really wanted to learn how to play the game, they’d study Songaila. Another thing that I respect about Songaila is that losing still hurts the guy. I can’t say that about many of the players on this team. In fact, if you walk in that room after most games, you wouldn’t know whether they won or lost.
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[photo source: Flickr/Keith Allison]