Remember Andrei Kirilenko? The man who could do anything and everything? The boy wonder who slid into a Jazz uniform and helped ease the loss of Karl Malone and John Stockton? That guy? The one who cried after a playoff loss; the one who swatted balls left and right; the one who wore the funky hairdos and took racy photos alongside desperate women?
Well, he’s back. Sorta.
AK-47 gave a recent update on his basketball career via The Chicago Tribune, during which he talked about his sudden departure from the NBA following the lockout (he took a stint with his old CSKA team, of which he enjoyed the more laid back qualities of European basketball – IE less work), his desire to come back and play with the Jazz, and his Olympic-size hopes this summer. It’s an interesting – and quick – read for those who yearn for an AK update (just click on that Chicago tribune link to read the article).
Personally I’d love to see AK-47 return to the Jazz next season. He might not answer all of our wing issues, but the man could certainly provide some much needed depth (provided he stays healthy). Imagine the one-two punch of Gordon Hayward AND Andrei Kirilenko in the Small Forward position. Imagine them both on the court together with Harris, Milsap and Favors (or Jefferson, depending on your taste). Talk about a tall lineup. That’d be pretty fun to watch. No?
Then again, I’d hate for AK to step on anyone’s shoes. His problems in Utah arose from his egotistical desire to be THE MAN ahead of Boozer, Williams and Okur. A humbled AK would do us good; a man still attempting to snag enough votes to join the All Star game would tear us apart.
What do you think?