Czech guard Tomas Satoransky is leaving home on Friday to join the Wizards for his first season in the NBA. In an interview with Czech journalists, Satoransky shared his first impressions of John Wall and other teammates that he met during a visit to Washington in July.
Lukas Kuba of TruthAboutIt.net provided some helpful translation of his comments.
Out of his #Wizards teammates, John Wall made the greatest impression on Satoransky. Tomas says JW immediately took him under his wing.— Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow) September 5, 2016
Satoransky's praise comes at a time when Wall is working assert himself as a leader in Washington.
Entering his seventh year in the NBA, Wall has been named an All-Star three times. He's now one of the veterans on the Wizards roster after the offseason departures of Jared Dudley and Nene.
There are plenty of younsters on the team. As of this writing, seven of 15 players on the Wizards roster are 24 or under, including Satoransky. Only two players – Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith – are 30 or older.
How Wall and Bradley Beal, who received a 5-year $127 million contract extension this summer, develop as leaders will have a major impact on Washington's success this coming season.
As for his other teammates, Satoransky remarked on how unpretentious they seemed, despite their fancy cars.
Overall, Saty praised the behavior of his new #Wiz teammates. They don’t have any starry mannerisms, he says. "They're all totally cool. . .— Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow) September 5, 2016
. . Of course, they ride different cars [than Europeans], but when you talk to them they are cool and I felt they don't act superior." #saty— Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow) September 5, 2016
The NBA will be a big adjustment, which the former Barcelona star appreciates. He noted that he had exceptional athleticism for the European leagues, but in the NBA, he'll be more average.
But Satoransky still hopes to see the court as soon as possible. Especially when facing his friend Kristaps Porzingis. He's looking forward to facing the Knicks and defending champion Cavaliers most, he said.
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