New rule: No translating Russian pro athletes' blogs into English in the name of journamalism. Weren't we all better off when we didn't know what Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz, who apparently said "doesn't want to be a robot in (Utah coach Jerry) Sloan's system," and his compatriots were blabbing/blogging for the press back home?
Sorry, but any true sports fans wants spin control, plausible deniability and "no comment" out the wazoo. It's what we know. A NBA power forward coming right out and typing, "I'm really hopeful that Utah Jazz leadership will realize that our relationship is over and it's time for us to part ways" is just too weird and scary to a North American sporting consciousness. Clearly, those Russians are crazy, being all direct like that.
(While we're on the subject of hoops -- anyone notice both of Canada's active WNBA players, Stacey Dales and Tammy Sutton-Brown, are absent from the national women's team training camp for its upcoming Olympic qualifier? Each one plays a ton, plus Dales has her TV gig.)
Kirilenko adores Blatt, wants out of Utah (FIBA.com)