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Sarunas Jasikevičius, one of the most decorated players in European basketball history has formally announced his retirement. It feels like Saras has been a veteran for ages and that’s probably because he has been. At 38 he’s finally hanging up his kicks to work as an assistant coach with Zalgiris Kaunas, with whom he won the Lithuanian title this past season, in the LKL and Euroleague. Ball In Europe

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Motiejunas predicts Lithuania will be a tough opponent. "The team is going to do its best in Spain. I hope that Lithuanian basketball will write another beautiful page in the country's history," he said. For the time being though Motiejunas is focused on having a great season with the Rockets, who are fifth in the NBA's Western Conference with 40 wins and 19 losses. After struggling in his rookie season, Motiejunas is proving this year that he can be a solid back-up. "Last year was a bit difficult because I didn't spend a lot of time on the court," he recalled. "But I had no choice but to keep working hard in order to convince the coach to give me the opportunity to show what I can do. "Things have been going well for the team and myself and I hope that it will last." FIBA.com

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Zalgiris guard Justin Dentmon admits that he would rather stay and play for the Lithuanian champions than go into the NBA. The Euroleague MVP for week five of the regular season wishes to remain loyal to the club he signed for at the start of the season. He was speaking to a Zalgiris TV show, when he was asked a hypothetical about staying in Kaunas or going to the NBA, if a GM would call you? "I have an agreement with the GM here. I'm going to finish what I started. I want to be known as a loyal person," Dentmon said. "It ain't all about the money. It's about being remembered for the player you are and laying your legacy. That's what I want to be." Dentmon has frequently been linked with moves away from Zalgiris, with Germany being high on the list. TalkBasket

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Justin Dentmon is a new player of Zalgiris Kaunas. The former D-League MVP had a short stint in Milano at the end of the season 2011-12. Sportando

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Arvydas Sabonis‘ last season in the NBA was in 2003, after taking a year off from the NBA to play in Europe. During his career he became one of the game’s consummate big men, and even won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics while competing on behalf of the Soviet Union. Last year, the former Trail Blazer suffered a heart attack playing basketball and was advised by doctors not to engage in such rigorous activity — by the looks of things, Sabonis may have let himself go a bit in his post-playing days. As if doctors could stop him. Last week Sabonis suited up for his hometown Lithuanian team Žalgiris Kaunas as part of a legends game in which they took on a club from Moscow. There are any numbers of reasons that the below highlights are hilarious, among them are Sabonis’ size advantage and apparent lack of conviction on defense. NESN.com

September 18, 2012 Updates

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

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