To win is not enough: My life, my basketball

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Sarunas Jasikevicius is among the so much recognizable avid gamers within the sleek period of eu basketball. He became seasoned in 1998 and gained 23 titles along with his golf equipment (Barcelona, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce) plus three medals (a ecu gold, a eu bronze and an Olympic bronze) with Lithuanian nationwide workforce. He’s been the purpose safeguard every body desired to watch, each staff desired to signal, each fan dreamt to cheer for. He equipped his luck along with his awesome will to win: he was once in a position to win within the athletes-era, whereas whe can give some thought to him as an “average athlete” at his most sensible. He didn’t gained along with his legs, he did it together with his brain, his middle, his expertise to develop into a greater participant yr by means of yr.

The booklet through Sarunas Jasikevicius (written with the italian journalist Pietro Scibetta) retraces the stairs of a rare lifestyles and profession. It follows his arrival on the earth of yankee basketball in university, to his go back to Europe the place he received nationwide Championships and Euroleague, after which again to the States back to compete within the NBA. eventually, it remembers different successes in Europe correct as much as the tip of his occupation as a participant in 2014, with the Žalgiris Kaunas jersey. This opens the door to a brand new experience for Sarunas, beginning this yr along with his first event at the bench as assistant trainer for Kaunas.

The autobiography of an exceptional champion, enjoyed by way of enthusiasts worldwide, continually in a position to go away an unforgettable reminiscence within the middle of his lovers. This ebook is a confession, a narrative, but in addition a tribute to the area of eu basketball of which Sarunas was once the undisputed superstar.

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Those men a minimum of have performed whatever of their careers and so they can manage to pay for a hangover, yet you? ” He answered, “Well, I... I simply certified for the Olympics. ” keep in mind that, we laughed. All yet Kestas. In London, the video games, issues didn't pass good. Let’s say that the best delight for me was once to be there for the fourth consecutive time. We performed a superb fit opposed to the us, wasting 99-94, yet I completely made a idiot of myself opposed to Russia within the quarterfinals. An inglorious finish for my occupation with Lithuania. a few avid gamers didn't waste time and instantly introduced that they might depart the nationwide crew. i used to be very unhappy, I knew that most likely that used to be my final video game within the nationwide staff, yet i didn't intend to make significant bulletins. in addition to, i used to be particularly upset concerning the manner I had performed. even though, 2012 had no longer but comprehensive to amaze me. I felt stable; i assumed i may be a gain to an enormous group. for that reason, after virtually ten years, Barcelona sought after me again. I knew trainer Xavi Pascual; I had met him a couple of times, in my bar in Barcelona and on the ultimate 4 in Istanbul. He was firm to rent me. It was once surreal to return, stay in Esplugues, and play golfing at Montanya. Anna felt instantly at domestic; the kindergarten for kids used to be at simply 500 yards from domestic. firstly, there has been a nasty mishap: i couldn't play, there have been already too many foreigners at the roster, they usually couldn't use me instantly for the championship. Of my “old” Barcelona, there has been merely Juan Carlos Navarro nonetheless left; the remainder, I needed to get to grasp. The crew used to be very robust, or a minimum of it was once, until eventually Pete Mickael needed to depart for future health purposes. within the so much tough time, we overlooked his power, his depth. satirically, we might have controlled higher with no Navarro than him. The spotlight of the season used to be absolutely the sequence of Euroleague’s playoffs: like the yr prior to, whilst I had confronted Maccabi, i discovered myself opposed to one other nice love of mine: Panathinaikos. the ambience used to be very annoying; there have been enormous controversies concerning the referees. after we arrived at OAKA, on the 1-1, there have been a few 30,000 spectators anticipating us. i don't recognize the reliable attendance quantity, yet i do know what I observed and so they have been on no account lower than that. We misplaced game-3, and once more, my crew used to be down by means of 2-1 and away, yet i used to be certain we might win. shall we now not play worse they usually couldn't play larger than that they had performed as much as that time. ultimately, we made it alive from Athens, and in game-5 in Barcelona. It used to be a no longer striking yet fascinating sequence: Pedoulakis used to be the trainer of Panathinaikos and, if I had identified in time, provided that I had acquired alongside good with him in the course of these practices as a loose agent, perhaps i'd have agreed to stay at Pana. despite the fact that, the season ended with great disappointments: the 1st one was once the ultimate 4 in London. For me, the worst one, so far as even association, we confronted actual Madrid within the semifinals. in the course of our video game, the O2 enviornment was once half-empty.

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