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: Taking you back to the NBA, how did it feel to be a part of the tanking situation with the 76ers? On one hand, you get plenty of playing time and a chance to show yourself, but on the other, the team is not competitive and you have to lose on a daily basis. James Anderson: With the players and the coaches, we had the same mindset all year. Who likes to lose? We were not going out and trying to lose on purpose. We had a lot of close games actually that we should have won. It was the same mindset; our coach [Brett] Brown did a great job of keeping everybody together and keep the locker room close. Everybody continued to improve. We just could not get over the hump for a while. It was tough but it was not a mindset of trying to lose.
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.
ASM SPORTS: Despite inquiries from top Euroleague and NBA teams, @JA_Five has decided to return to @bczalgiris and not exercise his out.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Zalgiris Kaunas stud James Anderson received a raise and extended his agreement in Lithuania, according to source.
Battling for a place in the Top 16 with two games left in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, Zalgiris Kaunas added depth to its perimeter with the addition of point guard Will Cherry, the club announced Sunday.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Zalgiris Kaunas made official the signing of NBA guard Will Cherry, as I anticipated here –> twitter.com/iamdpick/statu…
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA free agent Will Cherry is finalizing a deal with Lithuanian power-club Zalgiris Kaunas, according to source.
Zalgiris 70th Anniversary event will be marked with a special ceremony where legendary Arvydas Sabonis will be honored and his #11 jersey will be retired. Arvydas Sabonis started to play in BC Zalgiris in 1981. During his career in Zalgiris he always wore number 11 and led the team to countless glorious victories and trophies.
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11 Sep 14
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Ex-NBA guard Mustafa Shakur has signed an offer sheet from Euroleague club Neptunas of Lithuania, source shares.
The USA coasted from there to a 96-68 win. The USA has won every game in this tournament by at least 21. The victory puts the USA in the gold medal game Sunday in Madrid against the winner of Friday’s France vs. Serbia contest.
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.
Mustafa Shakur is close to penning a deal with Neptunas, according to sources. The American guard averaged 17 points per game in D-League last season.
Mike McGraw: There will be no USA vs. Spain at FIBA World Cup. Spain loses to France 65-52. Semis are USA-Lithuania on Thu and France-Serbia on Fri.
09 Sep 14
The round of 16 will start on Saturday. Barcelona Side: USA-Mexico / Slovenia-Dominican Republic / Lithuania-New Zealand / Turkey-Australia
Lietuvos Rytas has signed rookie from Oregon University Mike Moser. The player signed a one year contract with the Lithuanian club. He finished his NCAA career with 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Lithuanian League champion Zalgiris Kaunas added some firepower on the perimeter by signing swingman James Anderson to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Anderson (1.98 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Philadelphia of the NBA to make his pro debut in Europe.