I hope this works as a FanShot.
A friend and me have translated two recent interview vids that Kirilenko & Shved did for their ex-club, CSKA Moscow.
The vid of Kirilenko was made in late October, the Shved one was a few days after the Dallas game.
It's nothing special, just shows them in their new homes as they share their first impressions of Minny. The interviewers don't care that much about the basketball aspect, it's more like a chat between friends.
Shved claims getting a haircut was his idea...
AK47 RATATATATA (new window)
Da Shved (new window)
The translations are not perfect, rather lenghty since the vids are rather long.
Kirilenko: Hellooooooo, here's Andrei Kirilenko appearing on CSKA.TV. Maybe you'll see me more often in the future. As often as you'll call me that is.
Interview Bros: So how did you settle in Minnesota? Is it better than Utah?
Kirilenko: So far, I haven't settled in [laughs]. Furniture should arrive on Tuesday. If 'MTV Cribs' was here... nope, they wouldn't be impressed [laughs].
Interview Bros: [laugh]. But is it better than Salt Lake City?
Kirilenko: Better than Salt Lake City? How can it be better to live in a rented house than in a house you own?
Interview Bros: So far you're just renting a place?
Kirilenko: Yes... and what do you mean by 'so far'? I will keep renting it. I live outside the city actually so it doesn't bother me much.
Interview Bros: Where's that?
Kirilenko: The town is called GRAWWGHRAGGHRAAR!!
Interview Bros: .. ??... what?
Kirilenko: ....O - RO - NO. It's very pleasant because you can get on the Highway and be at the Target Center within 15 minutes.
Interview Bros: Nice. As I look into your living room/kitchen I don't really see anything there.
Kirilenko: Of course it's empty because the furniture hasn't arrived yet. I was lucky enough to get hold of a chair so I can sit during the interview.
Interview Bros: Wait wait wait... you seemed to have a couple of chairs when I first called you. [RBEditor - Russian investigative journalism at its finest.]
Kirilenko: Yeah, I put one away and took one with me for the Interview.
Interview Bros: So you spent that one hour looking for a chair?
Kirilenko: Not only, I am also doing some stuff on my own.
Interview Bros: I'm imaging you doing all the construction work on your own, doing furniture and stuff.
Kirilenko: Oh yeah, but it's good to know that if something breaks... you're to blame.
[Epic change in perspective so that the bros can't mock Andrei's empty appartment no more.]
Interview Bros: When will your family arrive in Minnesota?
Kirilenko: My family will arrive next week. [Cut – talking about preseason]. In the preseason there is not much of an emphasis on the result but on finding out who the best players are, which rotations and lineups work best. There is a lot of variation with some guys playing more minutes, some guys playing less minutes. At the end of the day, if you're a leader or bring energy, you can get about 35 to 40 minutes.
Interviewer: This is making us happy though since you're in the starting five. Alexey is coming off the bench playing lots of minutes too so far. Do you think this will remain as the regular season starts?
Kirilenko: Yes, sure, at the start of the season. But from then on it's all about how you play. If we start the season like we started the game in Chicago, none of us will get minutes [laughs].
Nike Shirt Interviewer: In the US, is there a lot of talk about how many white guys there are on the team?
Black Shirt Interviewer: That question is so Russian...
Nike Shirt Interviewer: But I'm really interested in that! Nine white guys on the team.
Kirilenko: I haven't heard anything here so far... as you say, in Russia... 'ooh, that team is so white'. What does it matter? White, grey, whatever. I don't concern with that.
Interview Bros: So what's the coaches first impression of Shved?
Kirilenko: Honestly, I don't know. If I'd have to interpret their reaction towards him... they seem to like and value him. But of course, they want him to work out, right? They see his potential, but they want him to add a few things to his game. It's not even about his skillset or his body. They want him to become a more mature and intelligent player. That he understands what the coaches want to see from him given the situation.
[Shved video bomb.]
The rest of the vid shows the prince exploring his new castle.
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Interviewer Bro I: Uh, listen, If I just call him, Lyosha won't see us.
Interview Bro II: I don't give a shit...
Interview Bro I: Wh... why you don't give a shit?
Interview Bro II: Man, Lyosha saw us like a million times.
Interview Bro I: Okay, okay...
Shved: I can call you. You've seen me a million times too... [laughs].
Interview Bros: [Laugh and keep quarreling like an old couple].
Shved: I went to the barber because I wanted to get a haircut.
Interview Bros: So nobody told you to go to the barber?
Shved: Hell no. Nobody came to me and told me nothing. It got so long... at that point I didn't know how to keep it to prevent it from bothering me on the court.
Interview Bros: Yeah, you could see how much easier it was for you without that mop against Brooklyn.
Interview Bros: Hey Shved, did your gilfriend join you in Minnes...?
[Cat video bomb!!!]
Interview Bros OMFG!!!! SHOW US THAT CAT! AWESOME!!! [RBEditor - yes, we really REALLY love cats in Russia...]
Shved: My girlfriend is here and my brother sits right next to me right here. They brought my cats too. I have ordered a few things. There's lots of chairs, beds and couches all over the place now. Also, I got hooked up with cable tv.
Interview Bros: Are you going to watch a lot of NBA basketball on tv?
Shved: It's not really about basketball... you know how much I love television [ironic]. I barely ever turn on the tv. I have to practice my English anyway so I can turn on the tv and be surrounded by the English language. Watching movies in English, you might not understand everything but it's just good to have something here to listen to and it helps me practicing the language.
Interview Bros: But you seem to be quite comfortable in giving interviews in English already.
Shved: Well, but.... no... [looks at brother, grins]... I think I don't look very good at that [laughs].
Interview Bros: You and AK, they call you the 'Russian Connection' . Is he's the one you feel most comfortable with playing?
Shved: Of course. We are playing together for how long now. The Russian team, the season in Russia. It's going to be easier to adjust with him here. He's an intelligent player and always knows where to be and I just have to find him.
Interview Bros: Alexey, we have to talk about something. You had three blocks in the game against Dallas. I don't remember you ever having that many in a Russian league game ever. What has posessed you there?
Shved: [Laughs] I don't even remember that. Well, it just happened, I guess.
Interview Bros: Was it because O.J. Mayo is so small?
Shved: Well that one time he only had about 3 seconds on the clock so he tried to fake me out but I didn't fall for it and got him on the shot attempt.
Interview Bros: Have you noticed any fans wearing your jersey in Minnesota yet?
Shved: No, I haven't. I have my two loyal fans from Russia here [looks at brother, laughs].
Interview Bros: Have they bought jerseys yet?
Shved: My brother has bought one for himself and Nastya [RBEditor - girlfriend] has made herself a dress with 'Timberwolves' and my number on it.
Interview Bros: You should dress your cat too.
Shved: No need. Kitty is inside all day guarding the house.
Shved: What I really like about the NBA is that there is more contact. In Europe, you can get foul calls by drawing weak, minimal contact. Here, you only get a foul when there really is a foul. Sometimes, even if a defender holds you or hooks up your arm, you usually don't get the call. They allow you to have contact. There are very few flops and they have even begun penalizing flops.
Shved: Also, there is obviously more room. The 3 second rule makes it easier to get to the rim.
Shved: The more you play, the more you love it. I'm happy that the team trusts me and of course, I want to meet their expectations. There's no chance that the coach gives you playing time if you don't play well or don't do what he expects from you. Of course, there are bad games, but you still have to make an effort to do your best... to show that... well, not to show anything specifically about you, but that you can bring something to the team when you're out there.
Interview Bros: Let's get serious for a moment. What happened to your shooting percentages?
Shved: Man, I have no idea! [Laughs.]
Interview Bros: Free throw shooting is looking good! I have noticed that they have made you their technical foul shooter.
Shved: Yeah, but seriously, I don't really know... I'm thinking, haha... actually, I am shooting the ball very well in practice, but not in games. Maybe I shoot it a little bit too... well, no I feel like the stroke is fine, it's just not falling right now.
Interview Bros: Has the coach told you anything about that? You must have some specialists there who works with you with that?
Shved: Yeah, we're working on it, shooting the ball, in pick-and-rolls and the spots were we usually like to shoot during the game. I think I just have to make them during the game, no excuses. Well, I'll have to figure it out. [Laughs]
Shved: [RBEditor - talking about gaining weight] I did a little bit, but right now, during the season I don't have much time to work on my body because I have to work on other things. I hit the gym for longer stretches about twice a week. But.. I have to work on that of course. I don't want to be super tall and super thin. It would be great to gain some strenght.
Interview Bros: So have you gained any weight during the offseason?
Shved: No, I haven't gained any weight.
Interview Bros: But your muscles look more cut now.
Shved: Well, maybe [laughs].
Interview Bros: [laugh].
RBE: [laughs not].
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