One happy result of the influx of Russian Caps and the growth of D.C. hockey blogs has been an ample source of translated Russian interviews, in which certain Russian players tend to be more outspoken than they are with the English media.
And with the Wizards now putting much stock in their newest first-round pick, Jan Vesely, someone’s gonna have to start monitoring the Czech media. The natural outlet would seem to be the FISC basketball blog, FISC standing for “Foreigner in CzechoSlovakia,” whose author is “six-feet tall and able to dunk,” with a writing style that “ain’t serious but entertaining” and who’s searching for “a girlfriend that doesn’t kill him with a chair after three hours of watching hoops.”
A couple highlights.
On the kiss: “To me that kiss was a normal thing, which wouldn’t be noticed by anybody in Europe. Just here there was kind of disarray because of that. But of course, I don’t mind publicity. They will talk about it for a long time.”
(Vesely also talked more about the kiss with Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Miller. “I think they’ll talk about that until my career ends, is finished in the NBA,” Vesely said. “But it’s ok.”
Then Miller asked about the reaction back home.
“What you mean, draft or kiss?” Vesely responded.)
On being picked by the Wiz: “I’m very happy. We knew in advance about the interest, but even then there was a lot of nerves. It is a beautiful city and a young, fast team. We will put on a show, the team will be growing in the coming years. Moreover the advantage is that Washington is on the east coast of America, thus closer to Europe.”
On shopping in America: “I bought some clothes. Often I can’t find anything for me, but here there is an incredible supply for tall people.”