To win is not enough: My life, my basketball

Sarunas Jasikevicius is likely one of the such a lot recognizable avid gamers within the sleek period of eu basketball. He grew to become seasoned in 1998 and gained 23 titles along with his golf equipment (Barcelona, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce) plus three medals (a eu gold, a eu bronze and an Olympic bronze) with Lithuanian nationwide staff. He’s been the purpose safeguard all people desired to watch, each group desired to signal, each fan dreamt to cheer for. He equipped his good fortune together with his impressive will to win: he was once in a position to win within the athletes-era, whereas whe can ponder him as an “average athlete” at his top. He didn’t gained together with his legs, he did it together with his brain, his middle, his expertise to develop into a greater participant yr through yr.

The ebook by way of Sarunas Jasikevicius (written with the italian journalist Pietro Scibetta) retraces the stairs of a unprecedented existence and profession. It follows his arrival on the earth of yank 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. ultimately, it recollects 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 together with his first adventure at the bench as assistant trainer for Kaunas.

The autobiography of an excellent champion, enjoyed by means of lovers worldwide, consistently capable of depart an unforgettable reminiscence within the middle of his lovers. This e-book is a confession, a narrative, but additionally a tribute to the area of eu basketball of which Sarunas used to be the undisputed celebrity.

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I'll turn into someone,” i presumed, and that proposal helped me switch much the way in which I expert. not more shortcuts. in the meantime, what i used to be doing in Vilnius turned popular even in Kaunas. Zalgiris stored a watch on me, executives have been they usually enable my father understand. “Hey, Sarunas, they're speaking approximately you right here. they could name you to hitch the junior crew, if you happen to proceed like this. ” one other stimulus. Then, ultimately, it used to be time to play. “Lietuva. Wow, it truly is taking place. ” Seeing for the 1st time the jerseys with the identify Lithuania published on was once notable, simply because for me to play for my kingdom, I simply needed to visit Vilnius, an hour from domestic, and educate with men I already knew. not more Moscow, not more never-ending choices, not more limits. by way of dint of searching for shortcuts, lifestyles gave me one, one thousand occasions extra very important. education with Kazlauskas was once anything else. He had skilled basketball on a certified point; what he proposed used to be even more fascinating than the standard education in Kaunas. i began to love some of these adjustments and, especially, they bought my consciousness. In Kaunas my father, for unknown purposes, enrolled me in a crew of children that have been a 12 months older than me. For years, i've got performed not anything yet take blows, simply because then i used to be not likely the sort to push via dealing with problems head on. They have been tough years, and at last, i ended making an attempt. I simply took the blows. It was once in the course of those years that i assumed of giving up and begin enjoying tennis. I don’t recognize why tennis, in our kingdom there wasn’t an incredible culture, yet I regularly watched Ivan Lendl’s and Stefan Edberg’s fits. This was once one other of the advantages of perestroika - there has been even more game on television. i started to reflect on, “If they don’t lease me within the Zalgiris at seventeen, my occupation is pretty well over ... If I begin to play tennis, even though, i've got time to enhance even afterwards. ” I requested questions and that i gave myself the solutions, the main convincing as attainable. That’s what youngsters do, correct? i used to be reliable at arising with excuses. I had now not but constructed a psychological energy that will let me to attempt, a minimum of, to struggle besides, yet this was once additionally how to piss off my father and do the other of what he sought after. good, this can be whatever that each one little ones do, isn’t it? in addition to, deep down, I knew that this entire tennis factor used to be crap. there have been no courts, no constructions, there has been not anything in Lithuania that might enable me to develop into an exceptional tennis participant. I simply desired to move nose to nose with my father. in any case, I went on with basketball, yet i used to be bored stiff with the placement. whereas others have been visibly turning out to be, I stored gathering bruises; I knew I needed to discover a answer. I had no selection yet to take advantage of my mind to do what my muscle mass didn’t permit me to. but if I performed with childrens my age, which I did ahead of any event, it used to be a special tale. the entire hardships I needed to struggle through, made me bodily better, and that i stands out as the one dominating. So i assumed, eventually, yet I needed to care for one other trainer: Fedorov, who used to be the 1st Sabonis trainer, and entirely diversified from Mitkevicius.

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