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Sasha Vujacic
Sasha Vujacic
Position: G
Born: 03/08/84
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.5 kg.
Salary: $1,356,146
Fisher said Vujacic had been impressive in camp. When the team scrimmaged toward the end of Thursday’s practice, Vujacic settled into a rhythm. He sank two 3-pointers and a pull-up jumper before dropping a crafty bounce pass to Lou Amundson for a layup. “He’s much more of a leader than he was when we played together,” Fisher said. “I think he’s helped a lot of our guys to feel more comfortable with what we’re trying to do offensively, because Sasha recognizes where the shots are, what kind of plays can be made. You should shoot the ball and you shouldn’t be second-guessing yourself. Just go out and play with some confidence.”
Vujacic, 31, who signed a one-year deal in August for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million, was a low-cost, low-risk addition to the Knicks. Grateful to be back in the N.B.A., he said he would do whatever Fisher, the team’s coach, asked of him. Vujacic has another clear advocate in Jackson, who, as team president, has emphasized the need for improved chemistry this season. “He has a real understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Jackson said. “He has the energy and the grit that we like about his game.”
Nevertheless, it was still a shocker when the Knicks signed Maria Sharapova’s former fiance to a guaranteed, $1.3 million veteran’s minimum in late July. “He’s changed some,’’ Fisher said. “I think he’s more mature — natural with his life experiences. He’s much more of a leader than when we played together. Those are things we’re looking from him. “He’s helped a lot of our guys become more comfortable offensively because he recognizes where the shots are, where the plays can be made. He’s kind of a guy you can copy. When you’re open, shoot the ball and not second-guess yourself.’’
Phil Jackson believes Sasha Vujacic’s knowledge of the triangle offense is a “bonus” for the Knicks. “Having played for me in L.A., Sasha knows the triangle and can help our off-guards get the hang of playing on top of the floor,” the Knicks’ team president told Charley Rosen over the summer. Vujacic said earlier this week that he’s prepared to fill that role in New York. “Of course, of course. I was always someone that helped players on the court. We have a lot of rookies and a lot of younger players –- I still consider myself young by the way -– so we have a great mix of guys and I’m looking forward to teaching them and giving them help,” Vujacic, 31, said by phone. “I don’t want to be a teacher because we have a coach that will lead us towards something [but] if there’s going to be anything needed for me to show or do I’ll be more than happy to do so.”