The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘I would like like to dunk at All-Star Weekend’
[Editor’s Note: Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow) has been TAI’s go-to for all things Jan Vesely/Czech Republic-related. Today Lukas provides a translation from Vesely’s latest self-penned journal for the Czech website Sport.CZ. Enjoy!]
Jan Vesely post-Cleveland Cavaliers game on March 3, 2012.
Jan Vesely during the Golden State Warriors game on March 5, 2012.
Vesely: I would like to dunk at All-Star Weekend
March 2, 2012 – via Sport.CZ
“When the All-Star Game exhibition interrupted our condensed season, I indulged myself to a break and set out for friends to Miami. One of my friends from Serbia arrived too, we made ourselves sort of a mini vacation. After the return to Washington, I felt a bigger taste for basketball, and I believed that the All-Star break poured energy into our whole team’s veins. But the latest results don’t indicate that, even I didn’t score a point in any game after that week-long pause. But I believe everything will turn good soon.
After all, during February I experienced several pretty good games, as well improved my game-highs not only for points, but also for rebounds and blocks.
Especially, I succeeded on behalf of my ability to finish the fastbreak and offensive rebounding, too.
But I know that the Czechs who played in the NBA before me have their game-highs for points significantly higher. I found that [George] Zidek scored twenty-one points, [Jiri] Welsch scored three more than that. And frankly, it would be nice to surpass them, but that’s not my goal. Rather, I try to work as hard as I can for the team.
I’m experiencing quite a problem with fouls, even though in comparison with European rules here I can commit one more [than in Europe].
I was used to, primarily on offensive rebounding, stretching my arm over the back of defenders. But in the NBA that’s often considered as a foul. The refs blow the whistle a lot when I help out in dealing with screens, I have to absorb those different assessments of some fouls quickly.
I didn’t watch the Orlando All-Star Game, but then later I turned on various highlights, and I had fun watching what the players were showing.
Especially I watched in detail the Slam Dunk Contest, the competition in dunking, and I agree with the verdict of the vote; the winner Jeremy Evans of Utah, out of all contestants, put on the greatest show.
It was incredible how at each attempt he managed to figure out something new, fresh. Everybody knows that I got a weak spot for dunks, they’re probably my strongest basketball weapon, and I’d like to participate at this prestigious competition perhaps as early as next year.”