[Jan Vesely is holding himself hostage; he needs an awakening. -- via K. Weidie]
The last time we took an in-depth look at Jan "Honza" Vesely, he was fighting that dragon
. Today, he continues to fight. Did you know that he actually started four games earlier this year? He sure did. More recently, Vesely played for at least 20 minutes in three straight games from December 21 to 26 (totals: 14 points, 12 fouls, 11 rebounds); since, he's seen 32 total minutes over the last four games (totals: 4 points, 5 fouls, 9 rebounds). After taking some lumps against Dirk Nowitzki
in 16 minutes of action on New Year's Day, Vesely only played four minutes (all in the first quarter) against the Pacers
in Indiana on Wednesday.
"He has to play better," is all team president Ernie Grunfeld could muster about his 2011 sixth overall pick in a recent interview with NBA.com's David Aldridge. Quite the understatement from the much-maligned leader of basketball operations. Jan Vesely needs to do more than "play better," he needs an awakening. Maybe schnitzel, pea soup and potato salad from auntie will help.
Below, find a translation by TAI's Lukas Kuba of a recent interview Vesely gave to a Czech outlet, as well as video of Randy Wittman discussing his young, fragile player. —Kyle Weidie]
I’m still getting used to the NBA, it’s not good, says a worried Jan Vesely
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