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Luke_Mellow: Vesely/Satoransky TAI Archives


* JAN VESELY TAI ARCHIVES *

June 22, 2011
Vesely before the Draft: Chaos has just begun, but then again, my dream will come true soon
https://lukemellow.blogspot.com/2017/12/vesely-before-draft-chaos-has-just.html

June 24, 2011
Jan & Eva: A Draft Night Kiss Story
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2011/06/jan-vesely-eva-kodouskova-draft-night-kiss-washington-wizards.html

June 28, 2011
Lockout in the NBA is already certain, learned Vesely
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2011/06/lockout-in-nba-is-aready-certain.html

July 3, 2011
John Joyful Mini-Bullets
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2011/07/john-merry-mini-bullets.html

July 5, 2011
Q&A: Vesely deals with wedding gift ideas, not Lockout
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2011/07/q-vesely-deals-with-wedding-gift-ideas.html

July 6, 2011
Camaraderie, Kamarád: Jan Vesely Czechs For Friends In The U.S.
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2011/07/camaraderie-kamarad-jan-vesely-czechs-for-friends-in-the-u-s.html

December 7, 2011
Interview: Vesely flew away to the NBA, a league of stars
http://lukemellow.blogspot.com/2011/12/interview-vesely-flew-away-to-nba.html

February 10, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: Dear America, I Scored The 100th Point
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/02/the-jan-vesely-diaries-dear-america-i-scored-the-100th-point.html

February 16, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘To be like Dirk is my secret wish’ (Also likes beer for lunch, How I Met Your Mother)
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/02/the-jan-vesely-diaries-to-be-like-dirk-is-my-secret-wish-also-likes-beer-for-lunch-how-i-met-your-mother.html

March 6, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘I would like like to dunk at All-Star Weekend’
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/03/the-jan-vesely-diaries-i-would-like-like-to-dunk-at-all-star-weekend.html

March 20, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘Everyone has his own room in the hotel’ (says Jordan Crawford’s ‘Cool White Boy’)
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/03/the-jan-vesely-diaries-everyone-has-his-own-room-in-the-hotel-says-jordan-crawfords-cool-white-boy.html

April 16, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘Washington has almost no skyscrapers’
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/04/the-jan-vesely-diaries-washington-has-almost-no-skyscrapers.html

May 3, 2012
The End of Jan Vesely’s Rookie Season
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/05/the-end-of-jan-veselys-rookie-season-washington-wizards.html

May 5, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘In a half-year here, I don’t dare to assess the lifestyle of Americans’
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/05/the-jan-vesely-diaries-in-a-half-year-here-i-dont-dare-to-assess-the-lifestyle-of-americans.html

May 17, 2012
57 Games With Jan Vesely In A Lockout-Shortened Season: Czech Please!
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/05/57-games-with-jan-vesely-in-a-lockout-shortened-season-czech-please.html

May 30, 2012
George Zidek on Jan Vesely Playing For Czech National Team: ‘Now everything depends on the Wizards opinion’
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/05/george-zidek-on-jan-vesely-playing-for-czech-national-team-now-everything-depends-on-the-wizards-opinion.html

June 7, 2012
The Eva Kodouskova Diaries (a k a Jan Vesely’s girlfriend)
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/06/the-eva-kodouskova-diaries-aka-jan-veselys-girlfriend.html

June 18, 2012
Jan Vesely’s Worldly Wizardry: ‘I devote my summer to improve my shooting’
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/06/jan-veselys-worldly-wizardry-i-devote-my-summer-to-improve-my-shooting.html

July 10, 2012
Jan Vesely Let's It Fly: Wizards Summer Mini-Camp Day 1
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/07/jan-vesely-lets-it-fly-washington-wizards-summer-mini-camp-day-1.html

September 25, 2012
Pre-Season Jan Vesely: 'I wouldn't trade Washington for New York'
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/09/pre-season-jan-vesely-i-wouldnt-trade-washington-for-new-york.html

October 4, 2012
Jan Vesely: Ready To Shoot, With Confidence From Dad
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/10/jan-vesely-ready-to-shoot-with-confidence-from-dad.html

November 5, 2012
Jan Vesely: Likes Sushi and Fast Basketball
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/11/jan-vesely-likes-sushi-and-fast-basketball.html

July 12, 2012
Jan Vesely said WHAT? Czech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/07/jan-vesely-said-what-czech-yourself-before-you-wreck-yourself.html

December 3, 2012
Honza Vesely Still Fighting That Dragon
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/12/honza-vesely-still-fighting-that-dragon.html

January 4, 2013
Jan Vesely, Schnitzel, Pea Soup, Potato Salad & The Awakening
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/01/jan-vesely-schnitzel-pea-soup-potato-salad-the-awakening.html

February 7, 2013
Free Jan Vesely: A Czech Perspective on Washington's Top 2011 Draft Pick
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/02/free-jan-vesely-a-czech-perspective-on-washingtons-top-2011-draft-pick.html

April 1, 2013
The Jan Vesely Media Circuit: Hopes EuroBasket 2013 Revitalizes Spirit, NBA Summer League in Doubt
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/04/the-jan-vesely-media-circuit-hopes-eurobasket-2013-revitalizes-spirit-nba-summer-league-in-doubt.html

May 9, 2013
Leteći Čeh Vesely for NBASerbia.com: I Tried Everything To Impress The Coach
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2013/05/leteci-ceh-vesely-for-nbaserbiacom-i_9.html

May 13, 2013
Jan Vesely in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Confidence at Sea, Searching for Dry Land
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/05/jan-vesely-in-2012-13-with-the-wizards-confidence-at-sea-searching-for-dry-land.html

May 14, 2013
Jan is Not Made of Klay! Coping With Vesely on the Wizards
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/05/jan-is-not-made-of-klay-coping-with-vesely-on-the-wizards.html

June 11, 2013
Jan Vesely on Mental Toughness, Team Chemistry and Coffee After Practice [Interview Translation]
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/06/jan-vesely-on-mental-toughness-team-chemistry-and-coffee-after-practice-interview-translation.html

June 15, 2013
The Jan Vesely Interview (Pt. 1): Sweating Blood, Searching for Confidence & Advice from A.J. Price
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/06/the-jan-vesely-interview-pt-1-sweating-blood-searching-for-confidence-advice-from-a-j-price.html

June 17, 2013
The Jan Vesely Interview (Pt. 2): Mambas and Cars, Fouling and Flopping & EuroBasket and the D-League
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/06/the-jan-vesely-interview-pt-2-mambas-and-cars-fouling-and-flopping-eurobasket-and-the-d-league.html

October 28, 2013
This Year’s Jan Vesely : TAI Wizards Player Previews 2013-14
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/10/this-years-jan-vesely-tai-wizards-player-previews-2013-14.html

January 6, 2014
The Breakup: Jan Vesely and Eva Kodouskova Are No More
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/01/breakup-jan-vesely-eva-kodouskova-wizards-kiss-draft.html

February 21, 2014
When It’s #MaynorTime To Go: Trade Reactions and #AirWolf Vesely Farewells
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/02/when-its-maynortime-to-go-wizards-trade-reactions-airwolf-vesely-farewells.html

February 22, 2014
So About Jan Vesely’s Debut With the Nuggets… (But There Were Smiles)
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/02/so-about-jan-veselys-debut-with-the-nuggets-but-there-were-smiles.html

July 20, 2014
Jan Vesely Packs His Bags for Europe, Perhaps For Good
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/07/jan-vesely-packs-his-bags-for-europe-perhaps-for-good.html

October 31, 2014
Jan Vesely on New Basketball Life, the Lost NBA, and All the Reasons Why
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/10/jan-vesely-on-new-basketball-life-the-lost-nba-and-all-the-reasons-why.html

September 16, 2015
Jan Vesely: "It'd have probably been better if I had been drafted lower, perhaps No. 25"
https://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/9/16/9336213/jan-vesely-itd-have-probably-been-better-if-i-had-been-drafted-lower?_ga=2.164780601.767702440.1518631311-172046257.1511286976


* TOMAS SATORANSKY TAI ARCHIVES *

June 19, 2012
Satoransky Fighting To Czech The NBA Draft
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/06/tomas-satoransky-fighting-to-czech-the-nba-draft-washington-wizards.html

June 15, 2012
Who The Heck Is Tomas Satoransky?
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/06/who-the-heck-is-tomas-satoransky-czech-republic-washington-wizards-nba-draft.html

June 27, 2012
Saty before the Draft: I have about 90 percent certainty of being drafted
https://lukemellow.blogspot.com/2017/12/saty-before-draft-i-have-about-90.html

July 9, 2012
Shootin' Satoransky: Wizards Summer Mini-Camp Day 1
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/07/shootin-satoransky-washingtonwizards-summer-mini-camp-day-1.html

August 23, 2012
What The Czech Is Tomas Satoransky Up To?
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/08/what-the-czech-is-tomas-satoransky-up-to.html

August 28, 2012
Tomas Satoransky Shines in Battle of Wizards Euro-Stash
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/08/tomas-satoransky-shines-in-battle-of-wizards-euro-stash.html

September 13, 2012
Satoransky and The Czechs Finish Down, But Things Are Looking Up
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/09/satoransky-and-the-czechs-finish-down-but-things-are-looking-up.html

May 23, 2013
Tomas Satoransky in 2012-13 with Cajasol: Dunking on Teams, NBA Dreams
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/05/tomas-satoransky-in-2012-13-with-cajasol-dunking-on-teams-nba-dreams.html

June 9, 2013
Is Tomas Satoransky a Legitimate Option for the Wizards?
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/06/is-tomas-satoransky-a-legitimate-option-for-the-wizards.html

July 26, 2013
Satoransky: Wizards Summer League Absentee Still Believes He’s NBA Material
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/07/satoransky-wizards-summer-league-absentee-still-believes-hes-nba-material.html

August 9, 2013
Jan Vesely, Tomas Satoransky and Czech Mates Train for EuroBasket 2013
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/08/jan-vesely-tomas-satoransky-and-czech-mates-train-for-eurobasket-2013.html

August 19, 2013
Vesely, Satoransky and Team Czech Prepare for EuroBasket 2013 in Turkey
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/08/vesely-satoransky-and-team-czech-prepare-for-eurobasket-2013-in-turkey.html

September 3, 2013
Next Stop: EuroBasket 2013 — Satoransky and Vesely Lead the Czechs with Uncertain Hope
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/09/next-stop-eurobasket-2013-satoransky-and-vesely-lead-the-czechs-with-uncertain-hope.html

September 13, 2013
EuroBasket Debrief: TAI’s Czech Correspondent Checks In
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/09/eurobasket-debrief-tais-czech-correspondent-checks-in.html

September 26, 2013
From an Insider at EuroBasket 2013: the Vesely, Satoransky and Czech Republic Experience
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2013/09/from-an-insider-at-eurobasket-2013-the-vesely-satoransky-and-czech-republic-experience.html

May 2, 2014
Tomas Satoransky: Still On the Washington Wizards’ Czech List
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/05/tomas-satoransky-still-on-the-washington-wizards-czech-list.html

June 17, 2014
Satoransky Interview Translation on Free Agency, the Wizards, and Summer League
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/06/satoransky-interview-translation-on-free-agency-the-wizards-and-summer-league.html

June 17, 2014
Satoransky’s Uncertainty Just Part of Wizards Search for Wall’s Backup
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/06/satoranskys-uncertainty-just-part-of-wizards-search-for-walls-backup.html

July 30, 2014
Tomas Satoransky on Barcelona, Messi, JC Navarro, and a Wizards Future
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/07/tomas-satoransky-on-barcelona-messi-jc-navarro-and-a-wizards-future.html

October 5, 2014
Tomas Satoransky: I kept letting the NBA window open, but my heart just pulled me more to Europe
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2014/10/tomas-satoransky-i-kept-letting-nba.html

October 20, 2014
Czech-ing Development: Tomas Satoransky vs Jiri Welsch
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2014/10/czech-ing-development-tomas-satoransky-vs-jiri-welsch.html

June 18, 2015
Wide-ranging Interview With Tomas Satoransky: "Xavi Pascual Always Wants Me To Play An Aggressive Style Of Game"
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2015/06/wide-ranging-interview-with-tomas.html

September 1, 2015
Tomas Satoransky talks about Barcelona, the Wiz, Serbo-Turkish teams, calm breakfasts, seeing Neymar at a disco club, Juanqui, Catalans booing, the career path he chose, and paradise on Earth
http://lukemellow.blogspot.sk/2015/09/tomas-satoransky-talks-about-barcelona.html

September 15, 2015
Satoransky: "NBA has always been a lure for me, I'd like to play against the best players in the world"
https://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/9/15/9329665/satoransky-nba-has-always-been-a-lure-for-me-id-like-to-play-against?_ga=2.164780601.767702440.1518631311-172046257.1511286976

October 2, 2015
Czech Mate: An Insider’s Take on Tomas Satoransky, Jan Vesely, and the Wizards
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/10/czech-mate-an-insiders-take-on-tomas-satoransky-jan-vesely-and-the-wizards.html

September 6, 2016
Summer of Satoransky Pt. 1: Last Days in Europe; Shooting Coach Talks Jumper
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/09/summer-of-satoransky-pt-1-last-days-in-europe-shooting-coach-talks-jumper.html

September 7, 2016
Summer of Satoransky Pt. 2: Coming to America; Impressions of John Wall
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/09/summer-of-satoransky-pt-2-coming-to-america-impressions-of-john-wall.html

September 9, 2016
Wizards Exec on Satoransky: ‘We want him to be a rotation player’
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/09/wizards-exec-on-satoransky-we-want-him-to-be-a-rotation-player.html

November 9, 2016
Tomas Satoransky Adapts to the NBA — Interview Translation
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/11/tomas-satoransky-adapts-to-the-nba-interview-translation.html

November 28, 2016
Satoransky Interview: LeBron Is Another Challenge For Me, I Gotta Get Stronger
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/11/satoransky-interview-lebron-is-another-challenge-for-me-i-gotta-get-stronger.html

July 12, 2017
Satoransky: Why I’m Not a Point Guard In the NBA
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2017/07/satoransky-why-im-not-a-point-guard-in-the-nba.html

December 1, 2017
It’s Time To #FreeSato
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2017/12/its-time-to-freesato.html

February 25, 2018
For Tomas Satoransky, It’s Been a Long Journey From Prague to D.C.
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2018/02/for-tomas-satoransky-its-been-a-long-journey-from-prague-to-d-c.html

March 19, 2018
A Look at #FreeSato Coverage in the Czech Media
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2018/03/a-look-at-freesato-coverage-in-the-czech-media.html

July 5, 2018
“I’m Living My Dream” — Satoransky Talks Life in the NBA with Czech Forbes
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2018/07/im-living-my-dream-satoransky-talks-life-in-the-nba-with-czech-forbes.html

July 19, 2018
Part II: Satoransky Talks Life in the NBA with Czech Forbes
http://www.truthaboutit.net/2018/07/part-ii-satoransky-talks-life-in-the-nba-with-czech-forbes.html

July 29, 2018
Saty on Rivers, Dwight, new Wiz team, GSW signing DMC, and Ryan Richman
https://www.bulletsforever.com/2018/7/29/17627108/saty-on-rivers-dwight-new-wiz-team-gsw-signing-dmc-and-ryan-richman?_ga=2.198818604.2053283953.1548087884-172046257.1511286976

Monday, December 18, 2017

Saty before the Draft: I have about 90 percent certainty of being drafted


* "Now I have about 90 percent certainty [of being drafted tomorrow]. But I would not like to disclose anything, because here plans change during single day," twenty-year-old Czech talent Tomas Satoransky said from Detroit.

* Saty is in Detroit preparing for his fifth pre-draft workout (Wizards, Cavs, Warriors, Bucks, Pistons).

* Supposedly, Saty's best workouts were with the Wizards and Bucks. "We tried to go to the teams which were most interested in me and which own draft picks in the range projected for me." He suggests that he should be picked in the 31-40 range - in the early second round. 

* It looks like Satoransky won't be drafted in the first round, like his fellow countryman Jan Vesely last year. Tomas laments the missed opportunity to meet with David Stern: "My dream was to shake hands with the NBA commissioner, [unfortunately] it won't work out." He'll watch the Draft at home in Prague, Czech Rep.
 
* "It's important to me that I will be on the team which has interest [in me] and which wants to work with me. Players [drafted] at the start of the second round sometimes have a better position than those at the end of the first round," Satoransky says.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Vesely before the Draft: Chaos has just begun, but then again, my dream will come true soon


If not for his phlegmatic nature, there would probably be a lot of nerves inside him. "Chaos set in. We'll be on feet all day long; photoshoots await us and lots of other matters around the draft," says Jan Vesely from USA. The twenty-one-year-old supertalent, who made a name for himself playing for Partizan Belgrade, could become the star of this year's draft. Will he end up in the top ten? Or even higher? "We'll see, but anyway I sleep soundly so far. I'm a laid-back guy," smiles Vesely.

You attract big interest, do you feel like a star?
"I have to say that I'm already accustomed to this from Serbia, Partizan and its players are media attractions. But this a completely different world. Everything is much more organized. I'm enjoying it, but on the other hand those two days remaining to the draft is just right."

Is this the biggest milestone in your life?
"I can say that yes. Playing in the NBA was my dream and it can soon come true for me."

What have you done these last couple of days?
"On the weekend I had kind of a lighter workout and almost the rest of the time I was sleeping. Yesterday I had more time, for example I went to the Central Park. There hasn't been na official presser yet; I gave only a couple of interviews. The journalists here were not only interested in basketball things, but also in myself and my life."

So, tell us, how was your workout in front of team representatives?
"[It was] nothing strange - about forty minutes, for example back-to-the-basket shooting and so on. Nobody was allowed to make any special requests regarding my workout; I only had my personal  trainer out there [on the floor] who went through all the drills with me. They just watched."

Is it nice to hear that one of the teams interested in you – Utah Jazz – compares you to Andrei Kirilenko?
"Definitely, it's a good thing [to hear], it's one of the big NBA stars. On top of that, I like his [playing] style, he's an athletic basketball player."

Do you know your D-Day, that is Draft day, schedule? It's on tomorrow night...
"I have no idea yet. All I know is that we are supposed to have dinner with NBA commissioner David Stern before boarding the bus to the draft, so they will probably tell us everything there."

Is there anything new regarding the teams interested in your services?
"It's probably narrowed down. There are two days left to the draft, so I don't know what can still be changed. Everybody with whom I spoke had an interest - but I wasn't able to find out from them who would have the biggest one. This is no big deal for me. I don't follow the NBA that thoroughly and I don't know the rosters that well in order to say which team will be the absolutely best one for me. The main thing is to get a lot of playing time."

What's your take on the fact that because of the threat of lockout the NBA Summer League was cancelled? 
"I'm just glad! After a long season, I will rest and I won't have to play ball immediately in July. In this way, I'll have the whole month off and will find time for a vacation. I will start training in the middle of August."

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Maps: Best NBA Player From Every Country

*EUROPE*

[Note: Hansen -- born in Denmark, grew up in Canada; Jones -- American born in Luxembourg; Mbenga -- obtained Belgium's citinzenship; Poeltl -- considered a probable lottery pick in 2016 Draft]

*ASIA*

[Note: Hayes -- obtained Qatar's citizenship; Clarkson -- holds a dual American-Filipino citizenship; Alexander -- American born in Taiwan; Kaun -- best amongst players born in the Asian part of Russia]

*AUSTRALIA & OCEANIA*

*AFRICA*

[Note: Flynn -- American born in Morocco; Nash -- born in South Africa, grew up in Canada; Ali Hashem -- obtained Libya's citinzenship]

*THE AMERICAS*

[Note: Palacio -- born in California to Belizean parents, is a Belizean citizen]

*UNITED STATES & CANADA*