HoopsHype Sarunas Jasikevicius rumors
There was one — and only one — Dream Team. So that is the American view. But not everyone is American. As all knowledgable American basketball fans know, Lithuania is the country that has competed at a high level most consistently over the past six Olympics. Lithuania produced Arvydas Sabonis, Sarunas Marciulionis, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Linas Kleiza, Jonas Valenciunas, and Egle, among others. And now a film has been made about the 1992 Lithuanian national team, entitled “The Other Dream Team.” SheridanHoops
But old-timer Sarunas Jasikevicius is still seeing some bending of the rules. Saras was quoted over at Talk Basket after the Lithuania-USA game as saying, “I don’t get it. There are FIBA rules [that say that] if a player takes the ball and runs two meters, travelling must be called,” he said. “Maybe the rules will be changed in the future, but at the moment that’s travelling. Ball In Europe
“I’m not saying that [the referees] were indulgent towards Americans, or that we lost due to the referees’ fault. Absolutely not. Simply there are rules according to which the play must be whistled; it doesn’t matter if it’s [an everyday player] or Kobe Bryant.” Ball In Europe
Sarunas Jasikevicius: "I don't get it. There are FIBA rules, if a player takes the ball and runs two meters, travelling must be called. Maybe the rules will be changed in the future, but at the moment that's travelling. I'm not saying that they [referees] were indulgent towards Americans, or that we lost [the game] due to the referees' fault. Absolutely not. Simply there are rules according which the game must be whistled, it doesn't matter if it's Petrauskas (a common surname in Lithuania) or Kobe Bryant running." TalkBasket
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
Sarunas Jasikevicius decided to choose Barcelona over Kaunas, signing a one-year deal with the Catalan club instead of Zalgiris. The 36-year-old playmaker will return to Spain after nine years spent elsewhere around the globe. lithuaniabasketball.com
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