PRANAS LUBINASWas born in 1910 in Los Angeles;was a leader of Lithuania NationalTeam in 1937 and 1939;won Eurobasket gold medals withLithuania National Team;
MODESTAS PAULAUSKASwas born in 1945;was the first Lithuanian who wonOlympic medal with the SovietUnion;
RIMAS KURTINAITISWas born in1960;Was the sniperwho always wasselected to theSoviet Unionteam andLithuania’sNational team;
ŠARŪNAS MARČIULIONISWas born in 1964;Was the firstLithuanian who hadplayed in NBA;
ARVYDAS SABONISWas born in 1964;Many people say that heis the best Lithuaniasbasketball player ever;
ŽYDRŪNAS ILGAUSKASWas born in 1975;reached the most in theNBA of all Lithuanians;was drafted in NBA by20th pick 1 round;
LITHUANIAN BASKETBALLPLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED IN THE NBA:Arvydas Sabonis (Portland TrailBlazers, 1995-2001, 2002-03)Šarūnas Marčiulionis (Golden StateWarriors and other teams, 1989-1997)Žydrūnas Ilgauskas (still playing forCleveland Cavaliers)Darius Songaila (still playing forWashington Wizards)And others..
TO SUM UP Basketball is indeed the mostprecious sport in Lithuania more thanwhat you think of. Basketball for theLithuanian is not only sport, it is alsotheir kind of life philosophy and formany, it is their religion.
We have some songs for thebasketball fans. One of them is “Three Million” by Marijonas Mikutavičius.