Making his All-Star Weekend debut, Pacers guard and Lithuania native Sarunas Jasikevicius
will compete in the 2006 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. Averaging 9.0 points while ranking #9 in the NBA in Free-Throw Percentage (0.889), he was also named MVP of the Euroleague Final Four in 2005 and led Maccabi Tel Aviv to consecutive Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005.
Krstic took some time during NBA All-Star to answer your questions.
What is the difference between the Euroleague and the NBA?
- Andre from Milan
Saranus Jasikevicius (NBAE/Getty)
Jasikevicius: That is a broad question. I don´t know. Everything is different, starting from the way you travel, from how many games you play, the marketing, the ticket sales, the arenas, different players, a different mentality and a different lifestyle.
What is it like to play with rather than against Peja Stojakovic like you did in Europe?
- Hery from Indianapolis
Jasikevicius: It is great. It´s another guy with a lot of basketball knowledge, another veteran who has been in this league for years and he knows how to do stuff. It is great. He is already helping our team a lot and can help us even more.
How do you feel about being part of the All-Star Weekend?
Jasikevicius: It is a great experience. This is something I will look back to. I feel very honoured that I got invited here, so this is great.
Do you think you will be an All-Star yourself one day?
Jasikevicius: Sometime soon? Probably not. Why not? I don´t know. It´s the age and so on.