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|No. 27 – Retired|
|Species||Red Fox ( Canidae )|
|The Dog from Prague|
|Born||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
|FBA draft||2005 / Round: 1|
|Selected by the Stanislaus Thrust|
|Pro playing career||2005–present|
|2010-Feb 2011||Kansas City Clefs|
|Feb 2011-2011||Williamsburg Minutemen|
|2011-Mar 2013||Kansas City Clefs|
|Mar 2013-2013||Spokane Rapids|
|2013-Jan 2014||Biloxi Voodoo|
|Jan 2014-2015||Texas Lone Stars|
|(IC) Agent||Buck Hopper|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Jakub Lyška (YAH-cub LISH-kuh) is a male red fox guard currently playing for the Texas Lone Stars.
Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Jakub's family would find themselves in the heart of massive social change when they experienced the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Czech independence. Only a six years old when the wall fell, Jakub didn't understand the magnitude of everything happening around him, but was fortunate in the relative peace and stability through which Czechoslovakia found their independence. A few years later, the nation would split and the brand new Czech Republic would be formed, bringing a level of freedom unseen in decades.
It was in the winds of this change that Jakub found himself scooped up in a new national effort for world recognition. One priority of the fledgling new government was to perform well in the coming Furry Olympics. Being an American sport, they pressed for a basketball team as an added sign of their allegiance to the West, and money came from Prague for the building of new training programs. Living in Prague at the time and being of the proper age felt to be perfect for developing such skills, Jakub was recruited by the government program to begin sport training in a brand new facility in the capital city.
The trouble was, no one in the program really knew how to play. A basic understanding of the rules was there, but the coaches knew little about play books and floor strategy, or how to teach floor awareness and tight teamwork. Their limited knowledge kept them to the basics-- like shooting the ball. When it came to this, Jakub excelled over everyone. Despite his short stature, the fox quickly demonstrated a talent for hitting shots from every part of the floor, and through training found himself about to hit shots reliably further and further back. At the peak of his training, he reportedly was challenged to take ten wide open shots from half court. He sunk five of them.
According to the coaches, he was the star pupil of the national program. Finally ready for what he had been trained for, Lyška went into the 2004 Furry Olympics as captain of the Czech team. While the nation did pass the qualifiers, they won only a single match in competition, quickly losing two in a row to be knocked from contention. Still, it was Jakub's first introduction to the world stage. And the FBA noticed.
Entering the FBA
Contacted by talent scouts shortly after the conclusion of the Olympics, Jakub was convinced to submit his name to the 2005 FBA Draft. He was picked up in the first round by the Stanislaus Thrust where head coach Don Von Wasser made a powerful pitch for the Czech sniper, finding him to be exactly the talent he needed.
Jakub did not disappoint, as he quickly proved himself to be a stellar pure shooter. One of the coolest snipers under pressure, and one of the most accurate from the woods, he hit shots with a reliability no one else on the team could match. One of his most stellar moments came in Game 2 of the 2009 FBA Series when he fired a shot from a foot beyond the arc with Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) of the Huntsville Mayors defending him. Velox struck the red in mid-shot, knocking Jakub onto his back just as he released the ball. The ref called a technical on the excessive force along with the shooting foul-- and the three pointer still swished through. This gave Jakub the distinction of having the first 5-point basket in FBA history.
The Jack and Jak Show
Jakub speaks very poor English, and despite efforts to improve, he has struggled with the language his entire career. He is a fluent German as well as Czech speaker, and this helped cement his strong friendship with teammate Jack Howell (Wolf, F/C), also fluent in German. As well as the practical use of having someone who can help him translate, the pair have proved to be a powerful one-two punch with Howell's perfect kick outs from the kennel and Jakub's precise shooting combining for big points. The pair almost single-handedly gave the win to the Thrust in Game 6 of the 2009 FBA Finals when Jakub racked up a Finals high 36 points.
The pair are colloquially known as "The Jack and Jak Show" (pronounced "Jack and Yak") when they share the court together. Since their time together in Stanislaus, both players have been traded several times, sometimes together, but sometimes apart, breaking up their game. Jakub has been noticeably poorer at the game without his friend to pass to him and translate for him, no doubt convincing the Texas Lone Stars to keep the fox and wolf together.
Jakub Lyška married Růžena Lyška in Prague shortly after his 18th birthday. The pair had met in the national basketball program. Růžena played in women's basketball in the 2004 Furry Olympics, but the team did not qualify. She has since retired from basketball and has three pups with her husband, Jakub. The pair own homes both in Texas and in Prague, where they live most of their off-season.
Jakub Lyška is one of the purest shooters in the FBA. A simply outstanding sniper, he has little more to offer any team. Generally considered slow for a fox, he is not very effective on the fast break and has poor defensive skills, both from his short stature and his lack of aggression. He is ineffective in the kennel and generally must stay in the woods. While he can perform deep play calls, his difficulty in on-court communication makes him unreliable in most situations. He is a poor point guard due to these communication issues.
2013 - 2014 Regular Season Stats
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