The Life of the Party was not Andrei Kirilenko, but the AK-47
As noted in my post yesterday, it was the president of CSKA, Andrei Vatutin, that brought the AK-47 to the press conference.
We saw Andrei Kirilenko holding the AK-47 while it was pointed in Victor Khryapa’s direction, but not only did we have Khryapa later taking his turn…
Little known fact about the two [North] American players on the team, Sammy Mejia (DePaul) and Jamont Gordon (Mississippi State): They left the U.S. to escape that weapons prude David Stern’s heavyhanded, authoritarian suppression of firearms–automatic or otherwise–in locker rooms.
Maybe I’ve got it all wrong. Maybe in Russia, AK-47s are standard issue along with uniforms, practice gear, and socks. Jerry Sloan and Karl Malone would approve.
Oh, and did I mention that Masha got in on the action too?