Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 3/26/12

While the rest of the NBA players who signed overseas during the lockout go about their regular season, former Toronto Raptors swing guard Sonny Weems has been putting up solid numbers in Lithuania for BC Zalgiris Kaunas.

That is until Sunday when Weems went down hard with a severe left ankle sprain in the 88-71 win over Rudupis.

Early reports indicated Weems will be sidelined for the next four weeks, but it appears more and more that his season is over.  Still, he will not know for sure until he undergoes an MRI on his foot this Friday. Until then, Weems is unable to receive treatment for the blown-up ankle and is growing clearly frustrated for the lack of care he is receiving -- or not receiving as the case is -- with the injury.

 Weems summed the overseas experience up with 89 characters on Twitter:

 “This is ridiculous. I can’t even get treatment on my injured here!!! This is ridiculous!!”

Most likely, Weems will be heading home to the States to recoup and rehab. Even then he may be forced to stay in Kaunas a bit longer. The last thing Weems needs is to take a long flight home and have his ankle puff up more than it already has.

According to TalkBasket.net, Zalgiris Sports Director V. Masalskis replied to Weems' frustration, claiming Weems "does not understand the treatment procedure." 

And what is that procedure exactly?

All in all, his time playing overseas has been a success and while there may not be interest from the Toronto Raptors (he averaged 9.2 points in 59 games for the Raptors last season) in bringing the free agent back, there is no doubt he can make an impact on an NBA roster next season.

The Slam Dunk performance he displayed at the Beko LKL All-Star game is still being talked about (Weems also took home Most Impressive Player honors).

On the season, Weems is averaging 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 16 games for Kaunas in the VTB United League, 10 points and 4 rebounds in the LKL League (12 games). Weems leads the team in scoring during Euroleague competition with 15.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in 15 games.

Soon after Weems signed with Kaunas last July, his agent Roger Montgomery said his client would make a true impact overseas.

That was a pretty accurate guess. Weems settled in nicely and maintained an aggressive level of play throughout the season as he watched his fellow NBA'ers overs, including his teammate in Kaunas Ty Lawson, up and leave their teams once the lockout resolved.

It is just unfortunate Weems' season  -- depending on the MRI results -- in Lithuania has to come to an end like this.


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