December 01, 2011
The various NBA players who looked for work overseas during the lockout have ended their stints earlier than expected, but their brief employment has still mattered to the teams and cities that signed them. Basketball is huge in those places, but the NBA reigns supreme. Sure, maybe the teams shouldn't retire jerseys after 15 games. Still, it makes sense for them to remain excited about having housed an NBA player for a brief time.
Sonny Weems(notes) isn't a star by any means, but he's still a guy with a legitimate NBA career. So, as a show of gratitude for his temporary employers at Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania, Weems ended a key Euroleague game in pretty much the best way possible. As you can see in the video above, he beat Unicaja Malaga in the final seconds with an and-one dunk in overtime. It's hard to get a better game-clinching shot than this one. They won't soon forget this play, or Weems, in Kaunas.
Weems doesn't have an out-clause in his contract, so he'll be in Lithuania for the rest of this season. Unlike some of his peers, he'll have plenty more opportunities to ingratiate himself to the locals.
(This post has been edited to correct an error. This was not Weems' last game in Europe.)