The title is somewhat misleading... What I actually mean is two teammates with a common language. I don't know if it's on purpose or strictly coincidental, but the T-Wolves seem to have a game plan of bringing a talented young foreigner into the league with the help of a veteran who can speak in their native tongue. I wanted to get a consensus from like-minded individuals.
What if the manna from heaven that David Kahn was talking about was actually Pek? Kahn is a snake oil salesman if I've ever seen one and he may have just gone on some next level stuff when talking to Chris Webber. I have not doubt that Pek's culture shock was eased by Darko's presence.
JJ Barea was paid because he was the spark plug on a championship team. Was he also brought in to speak spanish? Ricky might not have needed so much coddling, but JJ still might have been a preventative measure.
Now we sign veteran Andrei Kirilenko shortly after signing his teammate at CSKA, Alexey Shved. Is there some sort of inherent benefit, some sort of security blanket aspect, to brining in two countrymen to your squad in the same summer or in preparation for the youngster?
Why didn't Malcolm Lee shine when Mike Beasley was still on the team? They both speak Martian, right?
It seems to me that we may be misjudging the FO and while they may still not have the draft down they know how to find special talents overseas and ease them into an NBA roll and roster. Yes, I know McHale drafted Pek. Yes, I know many of you view the Darko experiment with contempt, I say it paid it's dividends and we were able to cut ties when necessary and bring on the next mentor. If Shved works out we should do it again.
What is Yi Jianlian doing? Let's find the next big thing in China this time.