Before we bring you the latest on Trajan Langdon's mini-tour of the NBA, we want to note a fact that can't be refudiated:
Langdon is the rare Alaskan who really can see Russia from his house.
He lives there.
Now, back to basketball and news about Langdon, the former East High star who was the first Alaskan to play in the NBA.
A superstar for CSKA Moscow of the Euroleague, Langdon put a scare into the Miami Heat earlier this week, scoring 20 points in a 96-85 loss in Miami.
Langdon and his mostly Russian teammates played another NBA exhibition game Wednesday. They lost 97-89 to the Oklahoma Thunder, who held Langdon scoreless on 0 of 5 shooting.
CSKA plays one more exhibition against an NBA team before heading back to Moscow. On Saturday, Langdon will return to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, who made him a lottery draft pick way back when.
Langdon, 34, didn't last long with the Cavs, but he has fashioned a long and successful career in Europe. He was recently named to the Euroleague's All-Decade team.
Here's what the Eureleague website had to say when Langdon was named to the league's Team of the Decade:
The steady rise of Trajan Langdon as one of the world's great shooters had its crowning moment as he guided CSKA Moscow to a second Euroleague title together in three seasons while being named MVP of the 2008 Final Four. Langdon had already reached the Euroleague final with Benetton in 2003, but he was without a trophy when in 2005 he arrived to Moscow in the the prime of his career. The next four years were filled with success. The first season, Langdon helped win CSKA's first continental title in 35 years. The next, CSKA was runner-up. In 2007-08, he was the undisputed leader as CSKA captured a new title and Langdon added the Final Four MVP trophy to his collection of accolades. Last season, though it lost the title by one point, CSKA became the first team to be a finalist four years in a row. Langdon has now garnered All-Euroleague honors for three consecutive seasons, which says it all about a great defender with unlimited shooting range and winning mentality.
· Euroleague champion, 2006, 2008, CSKA Moscow
· Euroleague finalist 2003, 2007, 2009
· Final Four MVP, 2008
· All-Euroleague first team, 2007-08
· All-Euroleague second team, 2006
· April 2006 MVP
-- Beth Bragg