Lithuania Rumors

RealGM: After that, how did you end up signing with Zalgiris last offseason? James Anderson: Just looked at the pros and cons, different situations and I thought it was the best decision to come over here. I wanted to get adjusted to European life, get my name out there in Europe and play for a good organization. Once they presented me an opportunity, I felt comfortable, weighed pros and cons and went here.
RealGM: Do you see yourself playing in Europe in upcoming years? James Anderson: Depends on different situations that I have in front of me after the season. I see what situation is best for me and my family and I go that way. I would not mind playing for Euroleague title as basketball here in Europe is as good as it is in the States. The competition here is way better and more skillful that I thought it was before I got here. Once I got here, I was really surprised of the skill level.
Ilgauskas admitted to Lietuvos rytas daily that he was aware of Lithuanian laws and the risk of losing Lithuanian passport when applying for American citizenship: “I’ve spent half of my life in America. And I stay to live here. My kids and wife are here. All [my] life. I will only return to Lithuania to visit my parents. “I wanted to have a right to vote during presidential elections in America, to vote for local authorities, after all, I’m paying taxes to this state. It has been good to me and my family. “I didn’t take American citizenship after living here for several years. I am here for eighteen years. I knew what I am doing. It is the way it is.”
One of the most successful Lithuanian players in the NBA, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, is no longer Lithuanian citizen. Today the order cancelling his Lithuanian citizenship has been signed by the Minister of Internal Affairs concluding the process that has been widely discussed in the media last year. According to Lithuanian laws, double citizenship is not permitted except for rare cases. In 2013 Ilgauskas became a citizen of the United States of America after taking an oath of citizenship as required by American laws. Lithuanian laws establish that in case a citizen takes a citizenship of another country, such person loses Lithuanian citizenship.
Jonas Valanciunas gave DeMarcus Cousins an elbow to the throat while boxing out. Boogie reacted and almost punched Valanciunas in the back of the head. Cousins got a technical. Valanciunas got… to watch his back when the Raptors play the Kings next season. Amazingly, this can be considered restraint and a sign of maturity on the part of Boogie Cousins. A year ago, he might have thrown a punch. Make no mistake, the FIBA officials are decidedly bad. USA leads 43-35 at the half.