Sarunas Jasikevicius is without doubt one of the so much recognizable gamers within the glossy period of ecu basketball. He grew to become seasoned in 1998 and received 23 titles together with his golf equipment (Barcelona, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce) plus three medals (a ecu gold, a ecu bronze and an Olympic bronze) with Lithuanian nationwide group. He’s been the purpose shield everyone desired to watch, each workforce desired to signal, each fan dreamt to cheer for. He equipped his luck along with his remarkable will to win: he was once in a position to win within the athletes-era, whereas whe can reflect on him as an “average athlete” at his most sensible. He didn’t gained together with his legs, he did it together with his brain, his center, his expertise to develop into a greater participant yr by way of yr.
The booklet by means of Sarunas Jasikevicius (written with the italian journalist Pietro Scibetta) retraces the stairs of a rare existence and profession. It follows his arrival on the planet of yankee basketball in university, to his go back to Europe the place he gained 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 top of his profession as a participant in 2014, with the Žalgiris Kaunas jersey. This opens the door to a brand new event for Sarunas, beginning this yr together with his first adventure at the bench as assistant trainer for Kaunas.
The autobiography of a very good champion, enjoyed via fanatics around the world, regularly in a position to depart an unforgettable reminiscence within the center of his fanatics. This publication is a confession, a narrative, but in addition a tribute to the area of ecu basketball of which Sarunas was once the undisputed famous person.
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With the beginning of the head sixteen, we started to play larger, and among us and the ultimate 4 in Berlin there has been just one challenge: Montepaschi Siena, which that yr used to be the best groups in Europe, with an outstanding protecting constitution. We had domestic court docket virtue, yet after successful game-1, we controlled to waste game-2, after having been just about 20 issues forward, permitting them to meet up with us. At that time, we should always need to win a minimum of one video game in Tuscany, the place we knew it'd be tricky. Obradovic studied a few countermoves; he replaced whatever in our offensive strategies at the vulnerable facet, to maintain them engaged within the protective 1/2 the courtroom. one other of our targets used to be to create foul difficulties to Benjamin Eze, who used to be a huge presence within the region. Then there has been Spanoulis, and his wish to compete. “I are looking to rip off McIntyre’s balls! ” he stated. We knew that Terrell was once taking part in on the optimum point; he was once one of many most powerful aspect guards within the company, and Vassilis used to be anticipating him. The Siena participant scored his issues, yet we received, dominating game-3 and controlling game-4, regardless of a few outbursts from Clemson’s former wizard, an undeniable 3-1. After that sequence, we have been thought of the favorites for profitable the Euroleague. profitable two times in 3 days in Siena was once a massive fulfillment. We did it. We have been correct: we have been fairly powerful. Champions back throughout the 5 weeks prior to the ultimate 4, they didn't speak about anything in Athens. every person had only one notion: Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos, in Berlin. It was once no longer the 1st time that the 2 Hellenic basketball giants met in a semifinal, yet this is often an ongoing rivaltry, that's renewed from online game to video game, from season to season. That pairing revved us up. We felt enhanced; having Obradovic at the bench gave us self assurance. The “Zeljko issue” used to be vitally important, a lot in order that, Theo Papaloukas, one of many leaders of the Reds, answering a query at a press convention, stated that if he needed to eliminate an individual from our crew, he would certainly decide upon the trainer. probably it was once additionally how to belittle the worth of his competitors; in any case, it used to be Papaloukas talking... Papaloukas-style, however it was once nonetheless an illustration of the way Obradovic used to be revered and feared. We knew, although, that they have been a truly gifted crew; it really is sufficient to imagine that on their bench, there have been avid gamers like Milos Teodosic, Jannero Pargo, and Ian Vougioukas. in the meantime, additionally Nikola Vujcic had arrived to Piraeus, and he was once certainly one of my top associates and partners in Maccabi Tel Aviv. we'd comprehend one another instantly, and stale the court docket. yet this time, I needed to beat him. The instruction of that online game was once very meticulous: in the course of conferences, Obradovic frequently was once listening, whereas Itoudis used to be doing the entire speaking. Zeljko jumped in just if he deemed it helpful. Dimitris enjoyed motivational speeches, as well as the strategies factors, yet occasionally he may stay a lot that Obradovic, who used to be no longer very talkative man, will be bored stiff, “OK Dimitris, they obtained it.