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August 4, 2012 Updates

Such memories naturally come flooding back in advance of Saturday’s Group A game between the teams, especially since Jasikevicius, now 36, is still running the show on occasion for the Lithuanians in his fourth Olympics. "Saras is the best quarterback Lithuania has ever had," says Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, using Jasikevicius' well-known nickname after serving as an assistant on the Lithuanian bench for multiple trips to the Olympics at the request of close friend and Lithuanian legend Sarunas Marciulionis. Reminded that Saras is participating in the Summer Games for the fourth time, Nelson added: "He must be drinking from the same fountain as [former Mavericks point guard] Jason Kidd." ESPN.com

“There are like 250,000 Lithuanians in Great Britain,” said veteran forward Darius Songaila, who had stints in the NBA with Sacramento, Chicago, Washington, New Orleans and Philadelphia before returning to Europe the past two seasons. “A lot of people come out and support us. We find Lithuanians working in the stands and security and the cafeteria. Everywhere. The crowd is unbelievable coming out and supporting us. It’s almost like a home game.” ESPN.com

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Mark Jones: Raptors quietly hoping Valenciunas not in Olympics. Raps source "he needs to get into NBA mode in summer league.its a big adjustment for him" Twitter

June 26, 2012 Updates

Stefanski, general manager Bryan Colangelo, head coach Dwane Casey and director of sports science Alex McKechnie went to Houston this weekend to watch Valanciunas, the fifth pick from last year’s draft, and small forward Linas Kleiza take part in Lithuania’s camp in advance of next week’s Olympic qualification tournament in Venezuela. “There could have been a foul called on every bounce of the ball. This kid didn’t back down once. That’s what I like about him most: He doesn’t back down against older men who are pushing and shoving and hitting him.” National Post

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At the age of 47, Arvydas Sabonis is still going strong and once again practising with the Lithuanian national team in the training camp in Houston. The President of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) dropped his suit and tie, jumped into a pair of running shoes and joined the team for an actual practice. lithuaniabasketball.com

June 13, 2012 Updates

The international debut of Donatas Motiejunas is delayed for at least one more year after it was announced that the 21-year-old forward won't play for his country this summer. TalkBasket

According to some reports, the player asked coach Kestutis Kemzura for guarantee that he won't be benched at the national team. Kemzura refused to accept such request and eventually Motiejunas decided to contentrate on his move to the NBA instead of joining the national team. TalkBasket

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