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  1. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Link to the game: https://www.krepsinis.net/naujiena/draugiskas-macas-serbija-lietuva-tiesiogine-vaizdo-transliacija/297131 Serbians are "heavy favorites' over LTU in China. I wonder, who they hire to make "predictions". LTU misses just two guys: best coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius and pretty good big, 7'1'' Donatas Motiejūnas. Artūras Gudaitis would be very useful too, but even without him - LTU has plenty of other options to play differently.
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

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    Win totals (Over/Under) for 2019-20 season

    With the current roster changes 36-46. Team is young, healthy, ready to play.
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Usually, when players join training camp - they are not in their best shape. That's why training camp exist. At first, guys work on stamina, strength. Second - they work on speed, quickness, agility. The last - they work on their personal an team game. Drilling some sets into perfection (on offense), working till passing out on different defensive variations. If JV had put on couple more pounds - that's all good. It would be much worse if he was starving himself to become a stretch 3 and a male model for the Versaci house
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    It was so sad. Dražen was just getting into his own in the NBA. He had so many good years ahead of him. RIP.
  6. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I'm from Chicago, but I was born and raised in Lithuania. That's why when I saw your username "Lugan Village" - everything was more or less clear to me
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Lithuanian bigs? What about Domantas Sabonis (he is getting better with every passing day), Donatas Motiejūnas (can't comprehend the fall-out between him and head coach Adomaitis), Artūras Gudaitis (extremely efficient, but had a bad injury playing for Olympia, Milan), and there are 5-7 youngsters coming up through the junior teams. SF - loaded, we have good SG in Grigonis. PG position after Šarūnas Jasikevičius got old and retired was always a problem - not anymore now. We have Lukas Lekavičius, couple other solid PGs play in the LKL, Mantas Kalnietis is still serviceable. Arnas Velička is just 19, but already ready for the senior team. Rokas Jokūbaitis is a another gem in the making, under the wing of Jasikevičius in "Žalgiris" organization. So no, Lithuanian basketball is in good shape. Even if someone is not available due to injuries in their club competition, or are ready to give up the spot in the senior team to younger guys - not a tragedy at all. Prior years, Arvydas Sabonis retired from the national Team after 1999 EC, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas had to take care of his body. Even then he was willing to play - no insurance was available to him. Macijauskas and Kleiza retired too early, knee problems. But plenty of young and good guys are ready to take their place. If everything will go smoothly during the preparation for the WC - LTU team will be very formidable. And JV - he is one of the best C in FIBA rules basketball on both ends of the floor. Once again - it is going to be a celebration of basketball in China, and good luck to all teams. Let the best ones share the podium and show an example to all young basketball players all around the world how beautiful this game is. If played the right way.
  8. JĖGAAAAAA!!!

    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Oh boy... You got me completely wrong. Arvydas Sabonis got injuries started in 1985, 34 years ago. Lithuania at time enjoyed the occupation from USSR. Training facilities and medical care for the athletes were medieval, the best... Big Z's injuries started in 1994. The country just got independent and underwent bigger economical recession than USA during the Big Depression. Some training facilities even were not heated during the cold months due to the Russians blockade of oil, gas and everything else. Robertas Javtokas was just a young fool. 6'11" dude took a bike ride with the speedy Yamaha or Honda bike. Now everybody knows - don't ride bikes or go skying or do other stuff. it's their contracts, it's in the insurance policies. Lithuanian basketball got all that "experience" the hard way. Now they are extremely cautious and careful with their approach to the players health. I think since Euro 2003, when Lithuania won it all and kicked butt to the young Paul Gasol I can't recall ANY serious injury during the preparation cycle and actual competitions. You may express your wants and don't wants, concerns and worries, but JV is a seasoned pro. Playing for the LTU Team in China will help him to prepare for the next NBA season. Always, after summers spent in Lithuania, JV would join raptors team in an exceptional shape. And if JV felt that playing in the WC would impeded his pro career in the NBA - he wouldn't play. and nobody would cry a river, LTU has plenty of quality bigs. So, my dear Grizzlies fan - relax, it's all good
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    Don't tell me that. Lithuanian basketball National Team or clubs or players had a horror story with injuries. Starting with Arvydas Sabonis, not yet in his prime, but by majority of basketball experts labeled as the best player in the world (including, yes, NBA), rupturing his Achilles tendon twice!!! After that he was like 10%-20% of his old self. Big Z and his feet problem. Guy even considering retiring, but somehow manged through. Extremely athletic C Robertas Javtokas went for a motorcycle ride - destroyed his knee in the accident completely. And the list goes on and on, and on... We are talking not about very good Lithuanian bball players, we are talking about the best Hopefully, with the current advancement in the sports medicine, training and preparation, post injury recoveries - basketball world will have less problems with their best players taken out of action because of some very unlucky injuries, accidents, diseases and etc. At least myself now I am less worried about something bad and unexpected happening. BTW, maybe JJJ could join LTU training camp. Exceptional fitness program and during preparation and friendlies he could develop a feeling to play with JV. That would be smart, fun, and will provide immediate results when the NBA regular season starts.
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I am new here but I am not new in the world of sports. When Big Z (Žydrūnas Ilgauskas) played in Lithuania for the Kauno "Atletas" team, under head coach Vladas Garastas - Big Z started feeling pains in his foot. Garastas dismissedbasi it as a concern, called Ilgauskas "fake", pushed him to play through the pain. Lithuanians and Cavaliers fans remember very well how it went down. Big Z had more titanium in his feet than bones. You brought up the story with Marc, I recollected Big Z's path. What does it have to do with JV? JV is different type of C. He is not a "leaper", his vertical reach is insane, basically he is doing his wrestling job in the paint without leaving the ground much. Another thing (actually, couple things) - He is a grown up man, JV has a grown man's strength. JV NEVER had any chronic problems with his body. Strong back, strong arms, strong legs, strong feet, strong head and neck. It's a pretty rare thing for somebody so tall. Sure, injuries to any player is a bad thing for everybody. But somehow, after watching JV play since he was 15, I think JV will be all-right and we don't need to crap our pants because of something that might happen.
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    JV might hurt unintentionally his direct competition in the NBA. Or JV might set a screen - and the dude is knocked out cause he ran into a brick wall. You shouldn't worry about JV being hurt. He was out of the NBA couple times when somebody broke something in his body, or when he landed on somebodies foot (Dwayne Wade for example) and sprained his ankle.
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I just want to share with my own experience, gathered through many decades being involved directly in athletic activity. Plenty of members here too are not just casual fans, but have been there, done that. i like then discussion is not simplified to the bare bones: "Yeah, he made a basket, he is special..." Next possession: "He missed an easy lay-up, good for nothing worthless scrub". Sorry, I'm busy working, but i think you are getting me. I'm all about positive contributions
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    All classes are attended equally? I just want to be sure that if i put some time in providing with some useful materials - they will not let to sit and collect dust in nobodies minds
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    JV plays a C for the LTU and Domantas Sabonis is extremely versatile big PF. Could give us plenty insight of how JV and JJJ could co-exist productively on the floor together. LTU team always had a strong, big front line. Grizzlies could find something interesting that should fit their style of play next season. Even games with no Grizzlies direct connection, but fielding big fronts should give plenty of necessary additional info. Knowledge is power. The level of the WC will like All-Stars games but for the real marbles.
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    FIBA WC 2019, China

    I think such thread would be interesting. Some Grizzlies players will compete in the tournament, plenty of other top NBA guys too will play for their teams. And though I was suggested to open it into the "Off topic" section, but how can this be "Off topic" if the 2014 WC relates directly to the Grizzlies and the NBA league as a whole? We could look into and discuss players playing in the different environment, new tactics, new strategies. Maybe NBA will take some from it, maybe Grizzlies could tweak their game a little bit too. Guys, let me know, what do you think. Is this thread an "Off topic", or we should keep it here? JV brought pretty big international followers to this board, it could be fun