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rikhardur
12-21-2008, 04:49 PM
Latvia Appoint Kemzura As New Coach


Latvia have made a major decision before the Christmas holiday by appointing Kestutis Kemzura as the new coach of the men's national team.

Kemzura, who recently parted ways with BC Khimki Moscow Region, takes the reins from Nenad Trajkovic - the Serbian coach who steered the team to a second-place finish in their qualifying group earlier this year to reach the Final Round.

Former Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas, the CSKA Moscow women's Latvian boss Gundars Vetra and Serbian Trajkovic were the other coaches the Latvian Basketball Federation spoke to before agreeing terms with Kemzura.

It is understood that Kazlauskas was more interested in returning to club coaching. He coached China this summer at the Olympics.

On the national team scene, Kemzura worked as an assistant coach with Lithuania - most recently at the 2006 FIBA World Championship under Antanas Sireika.

"I got an offer to work in Team Lithuania (after leaving Khimki), however the opportunity to work in Latvia in the head coach position seemed more interesting for me," Kemzura said on Friday.

"It offers a greater challenge.

"Team Lithuania already has great coaches, it`s in good condition. Now I will talk with the people I'd like to work with in the national team."

First up for Latvia in Group B next year in Poland will be a game against EuroBasket 2007 champions Russia, the team coached by Kemzura's good friend and former colleague at Benetton Treviso, David Blatt.

Kemzura was Blatt's assistant when he took over at Benetton.

Germany and the team that wins the Additional Qualifying Round will also be in Group B.

"Russia, it will be the second time to play against David Blatt`s side," said Kemzura, whose Khimki outfit took on Dynamo Moscow recently in the Russian Superleague and lost.

"I see it as a good opportunity for (revenge), however, we will always remain friends off the court."

Blatt actually invited Kemzura to work with Russia's national side, but since Kemzura had said no to Lithuania during the summer about an opportunity with them he did not think it was appropriate.

The new sports director with the Latvian Basketball Federation is Edgars Sneps, a former national team player. He was at the center of the talks with Kemzura and Kazlauskas and met with both in Lithuania nine days ago.

Another former Latvia player, Roberts Stelmahers, has been mentioned as a possible assistant for Kemzura.

Stelmahers played for the Baltic country on numerous occasions, including at EuroBasket 2005.

If Latvia qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, Kemzura will definitely remain in charge.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_2lb01jr7IFUE9pCKBCdp41.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html


Actually what happened with Trajković, was he sacked, did he quit,...?

Get Rich Or Die Playin
12-23-2008, 10:47 AM
Trajkovic's contract just wasn't extended. Although he filled the goal to make European Championship, fans, board members and even players didn't like his style and working methods. Players criticised that he's too much focusing on Biedriņš, he forgot to involve other players in offense. After qualification tournament he recieved huge pressure from fans and media, they questioned his level, even his CV that it may be false... He wasn't the best choice and LBS redeemed error by making change of head coach.

Mindozas
01-05-2009, 05:47 PM
K.Kambala said that will play for sure in Latvia NT this summer in EC2009, so with him and Biedrins latvians front-court will be great

Greed
01-05-2009, 07:42 PM
Hey, Latvian bros. :p What do you think(our expect) about/from Kemzura? What are your opinions about all this "new coach" thing? Are you happy, that Kemzura is going to coach your NT team? Maybe you would prefer someone else?

It would be nice, if you share your thoughts. Cheers!

Straight forward
01-10-2009, 03:14 PM
Hey, Latvian bros. :p What do you think(our expect) about/from Kemzura? What are your opinions about all this "new coach" thing? Are you happy, that Kemzura is going to coach your NT team? Maybe you would prefer someone else?


There's no many Latvians around and those who are seems not to care much about NT, I guess :rolleyes: I think, Kemzūra is great sign for Latvia NT, I would be happy to see Kestutis in Lithuanian NT head coach position (I'm not against Butautas, but to be honest he underachieved both in Eurobasket 2007 and specially in Olympics 2008). Kemzūra is known as great specialist and seems to be still very progressive.

With such players like Biendins, Kambala, Škele, Blums, Latvia might be very dangerous this summer. I think Latvia was lacking tactical discipline in last few years, it was something like a team which just runs and guns. Kemzūra might be very useful at this point.

More over, I think Lithuania is waiting for revenge after this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9CCrHZsmcw great game, so it will be very interesting preparation games :D

Get Rich Or Die Playin
01-10-2009, 03:25 PM
Hey, Latvian bros. :p What do you think(our expect) about/from Kemzura? What are your opinions about all this "new coach" thing? Are you happy, that Kemzura is going to coach your NT team? Maybe you would prefer someone else?

It would be nice, if you share your thoughts. Cheers!

Well, I gotta say that a lot of people (including me) are excited that Kemzura will coach our NT. He was candidate already back in 2008, but then NT board appointed Trajkovic. There was big saga about Trajkovic and his qualities (players questioned his knowledge and approach, because he's strong as individual coach, but not so good as head coach) and that was mistake to hire Trajovic, except that he made goal and qualified for European Championship.

Anyway, talking about Kemzura, personally I think that he's perfect fit. Players needed coach that is well respected and has worked in high level, because in previous years there was problems with few players' attitude. Kemzura also isn't foreign and unfamiliar with our style, players and whole mentality, so he can really be good for us.

Mindozas
01-10-2009, 04:57 PM
Well, I gotta say that a lot of people (including me) are excited that Kemzura will coach our NT. He was candidate already back in 2008, but then NT board appointed Trajkovic. There was big saga about Trajkovic and his qualities (players questioned his knowledge and approach, because he's strong as individual coach, but not so good as head coach) and that was mistake to hire Trajovic, except that he made goal and qualified for European Championship.

Anyway, talking about Kemzura, personally I think that he's perfect fit. Players needed coach that is well respected and has worked in high level, because in previous years there was problems with few players' attitude. Kemzura also isn't foreign and unfamiliar with our style, players and whole mentality, so he can really be good for us.

Kemzura's strongest side as a coach is tactics, he can prepare team very well for a one or another game, still IMO he needs to improve his in-game skills as a coach, but that comes with time. He already improved a lot as a coach with Khimki and IMO for Latvia's NT he is excellent signing. IMO next step for him could be our NT :)

re5pectas
04-09-2009, 11:09 AM
Latest Kemzura's interview:


-What was the main reasons of Lietuvos Rytas winning in final?
-Some players were found, who played well in cruitial moments.If Zavackas was missing all the tournament, he made "his" shots in the final.Babrauskas wasn't shaking.Eidson and Petravicius, as always, played wonderful. Jomantas made a cruitial block and takeover of the game. All made a big impact.

-There were 3 out of 8 teams you was coaching. Probably you met a lot of friends.
-Of course. It was spectacular show, many bbl related people, this is why I was there. I couldn't meet everyone, "Benneton" left home early, but still all those three teams were in the final 8.

-How are you doing on a new position?
-Now, as I say, is a creation phase. I wach the games, the players, creating ideas. I want to find that, what will be best to the team. I watched Bilbao games, with one of candidate Janis Blums. At this phase there is no active decidions.

-Did you planed a preparing phase?
-Preparing is planned, tournaments planned. All basic things are planned, just some small things are left.

-We heared that in Latvia, decidion of taking you as a headcoach was met very enthusiastically and associated high hopes.
-God help. It is a pleasure to me. I'll try my best, I'll help as much as I can, how it will work, we'll see.

-Wouldn't your hurt start to shake if you will face Lithuanian team?
-Until, that is still very far away. First we need to solve our own problems, and then we'll see, how it will be with my heart.




*** I skipped a part of analysing final 8. Translation was brief, might be with mistakes, but the main ideas are posted ;)

CroatianSensation
04-15-2009, 03:12 PM
stop talking about the men team
the women team is much more interesting :D
ever seen the u-18 and u-20 national team?!
they are just unhuman!!!
kristine vitola 1,97m!!!
GOOOO LATVIA!!!!

rikhardur
06-11-2009, 06:13 PM
Preliminary list for Eurobasket:

Kristaps Valters
Jānis Blūms
Sandis Valters
Armands Šķēle
Aigars Vītols
Kristaps Janičenoks
Uvis Helmanis
Kaspars Bērziņš
Andris Biedriņš
Kaspars Kambala

Edgars Jeromanovs
Raimonds Gabrāns
Mareks Jurevičus
Ingus Bankevics
Ernests Kalve
Gatis Jahovičs
Artūrs Štālbergs
Rihards Kuksiks
Jurijs Aleksejevs
Artūrs Bērziņš
Rolands Freimanis
Ronalds Zaķis
Pāvels Veselovs
Raitis Grafs

Jānis Strēlnieks
Dairis Bertāns

basketfann
06-16-2009, 05:27 PM
Kristaps Valters (FUENLABRADA SPA)
Jānis Blūms (BILBAO BASKET SPA)
Sandis Valters (AGET IMOLA ITA2)
Armands Šķēle (BARONS/LMT LAT)
Aigars Vītols (ASK RIGA LAT)
Kristaps Janičenoks (UMANA REYER ITA2)
Uvis Helmanis (ASK RIGA LAT)
Kaspars Bērziņš (BARONS/LMT LAT)
Andris Biedriņš(Warriors USA)
Kaspars Kambala(Enisey RUS)

Edgars Jeromanovs(VEF LAT)
Raimonds Gabrāns(Egaleo GRE)
Mareks Jurevičus(Ventspils LAT)
Ingus Bankevics(Valmiera LAT)
Ernests Kalve(ASK LAT)
Gatis Jahovičs(VEF LAT)
Artūrs Štālbergs(Lauvas LAT)
Rihards Kuksiks(Arizona USA(NCAA) )
Jurijs Aleksejevs(VEF LAT)
Artūrs Bērziņš(Ventspils LAT)
Rolands Freimanis(VEF LAT)
Ronalds Zaķis(Ventspils LAT)
Pāvels Veselovs(Ventspils LAT)
Raitis Grafs(ASK RIGA LAT)

Jānis Strēlnieks(Ventspils LAT)
Dairis Bertāns(Ventspils LAT)



Good team this year.

rikhardur
06-16-2009, 06:20 PM
Good team this year.
Definitely. Kambala's comeback to the NT is more than deserved.

Gytaz
06-16-2009, 06:31 PM
What is Kambala's shape? Is he still as good as he used to be before his break from basketball?

Mindozas
06-16-2009, 07:03 PM
What is Kambala's shape? Is he still as good as he used to be before his break from basketball?

I saw him a bit in a game against CSKA few months ago and he looked good, he scored near 20pts in about 20min, but it's hard to make a full view from one game and which was lost by huge margin. However, his stats in superleague were good: ~15pts/6rebs in ~25min

rikhardur
06-16-2009, 07:31 PM
I saw him a bit in a game against CSKA few months ago and he looked good, he scored near 20pts in about 20min, but it's hard to make a full view from one game and which was lost by huge margin. However, his stats in superleague were good: ~15pts/6rebs in ~25min
He also had scored 42 points + 13 rebounds this season :o

Picek
06-16-2009, 08:24 PM
What is Kambala's shape? Is he still as good as he used to be before his break from basketball?even better, Klicko bro's would have serious problem against him..
in any sport they pick :D

Picek
08-08-2009, 01:57 AM
Latvia - Sweden 89:67

Latvian National team began test games as the part of preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket. They faced Sweden at the Arena Riga yesterday. Latvia showed excellent form rallying to a comfortable 22-point victory. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) knocked down 16 points to lead the hosts.
The teams kept it close in the opening minutes before Sandis Valters helped Latvia to a 10:5 run as they earned a 28:20 advantage at the first break. Sweden got within one in the second period but Latvia reacted with a 7:0 run to take a 40:32 lead. Latvia arrived at halftime leading by 6 points 45:39. The home team opened the second half with twelve unanswered points to clear off. Soon the margin grew at 20 points as Latvia took over completely. Sweden woke up just late in the frame cutting the deficit to 14 points with ten minutes remaining. But Latvia did not allow the visitors to spark any sort of intrigue rolling to a comfortable win at the end.
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) had 11 points, while Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) added 11 points and 11 boards for Latvia. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) and Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) notched 10 points each for the winners. Jonathan Skoldebrand (203-C/F-83) responded with 14 points. Mats Levin (188-G-77) knocked down 11 points in defeat.

Latvia: Sandis Valters 16, Kaspars Kambala 11+11 boards, Andris Biedrins 11
Sweden: Jonathan Skoldebrand 14, Mats Levin 11

nice comeback by Kambala.. I really like this team.. ever since they beat us in Spain.. I guess no one is talking about them as a possible contender but I really think they are capable of beating almost any team on the EC..
hopefully lack of concentration won't kill them like it did in Spain..
maybe only Spain is out of their league until they meet in the final where spaniards would probably crack (they will crack no matter who they are playing :p)..
I expect them to be first or second in their preliminary round group and expect them to put up a huge a fight for one of the places for WC..

rusher
08-09-2009, 06:40 PM
They played another game vs Sweden and won again. This time though they played 5X10 and without spectators.


Latvia – Sweden 92:69 (21:14, 20:16, 23:7, 8:17, 21:15)
Latvija: Kambala 14, Bērziņš 11, S. Valters 11, Blūms 10, Freimanis 9, Štālbergs 8, K. Valters 7, Biedriņš 6, Vītols 6, Helmanis 5, Šķēle 3, Kalve 2, Jeromanovs, Aleksejevs.

Picek
08-12-2009, 07:25 PM
Lithuania - Latvia 66:66 (17:15, 21:17, 10:13, 18:21).


Lietuva: L.Kleiza 25, K.Lavrinovičius 11, T.Delininkaitis 10, M.Petravičius 7, R.Javtokas 6, J.Mačiulis 4, A.Jomantas 2, S.Jasaitis 1.

Latvija: K.Valteris 15, A.Biedrinis 12, A.Škelė ir K.Kambala - po 11.

If I understood correctly Kleiza hit a three in dying seconds to tie the game?

Panco
08-12-2009, 07:40 PM
Lithuania - Latvia 66:66 (17:15, 21:17, 10:13, 18:21).


Lietuva: L.Kleiza 25, K.Lavrinovičius 11, T.Delininkaitis 10, M.Petravičius 7, R.Javtokas 6, J.Mačiulis 4, A.Jomantas 2, S.Jasaitis 1.

Latvija: K.Valteris 15, A.Biedrinis 12, A.Škelė ir K.Kambala - po 11.

If I understood correctly Kleiza hit a three in dying seconds to tie the game?
The game is not over yet.

Latvia was ahead by 3 with ~15 seconds left. Jasaitis made the 1st free-throw but missed the second. Kleiza got an offensive rebound and made a layup. Latvia still had ~10 seconds but lost the ball.

Final score after an OT - LTU 77:75 LAT

It was a great game, though. Really entertaining.

Picek
08-12-2009, 07:41 PM
thanks for the update..

pablonis
08-13-2009, 05:20 AM
Head coach of Lithuania, Ramunas Butautas: "Latvians have assembled their best team in 20 years at least"

Indeed, their roster this year is great. I'd say better than that of Russia with or without Kirilenko and clearly better than Germany. The Biedrins/Kambala duo makes a frountcourt that definitely needs to be taken into account and their guards might not be worldwide known names, but if they shoot the way they can, everyone will have a very hard time with them and few will escape victorious. With the not that convincing France around, they have a real chance of advancing as first from the group and getting into the quarters at least. It is only up to them.

Picek
08-14-2009, 07:10 PM
Latvia - Lithuania 81-79

great game, very exciting to watch..
full hall, both teams fighting for each ball, both coaches not willing to let it go,..
it was almost like a championship game..
refs made some dubious decisions but it was a friendly...
Kleiza's three pointer for 78-80 was huge :D
Kambala played great, he brought the latvians back from a double digit deficit with some nice moves and the went crazy..
really nice to see him plays like that, I wonder why didn't he move to some euroleague team..

Miškinis
08-14-2009, 07:14 PM
Ahhh, braliukai weren't friendly to us (by all meanings) today :rolleyes:

Jan van Grabski
08-14-2009, 07:19 PM
Ahhh, braliukai weren't friendly to us (by all meanings) today :rolleyes:

that's exactly my thoughts, teams were fighting like angry dogs. I didnt see anything friendly in this game. But very intriguing ending and very entertaining. Latvia seems to have really nice team this year, good for them. Also after Kambala tried to elbow Jomantas, i was really thirsty for some blood and revenge. lol. Pity Jomantas missed both FT at the end. Kleiza was huge in the 4th quarter

a-Ha
08-14-2009, 07:22 PM
Very intense game. I can agree that referees were not very professional, but we in Latvia are starting to get used to it. I'm not saying that Latvia won because of referees, the strenghts of both teams were equal like it was two days ago. The second half of the match seemed more like fight sport than basketball, and we know that Kambala is very good in tough game.

Anyway, good luck braliukas, see you in the final :)

Picek
08-14-2009, 07:23 PM
that's exactly my thoughts, teams were fighting like angry dogs. I didnt see anything friendly in this game. But very intriguing ending and very entertaining. Latvia seems to have really nice team this year, good for them. Also after Kambala tried to elbow Jomantas, i was really thirsty for some blood and revenge. lol. Pity Jomantas missed both FT at the end.well Kleiza also wasn't really gentle with his foul in the last seconds of the game..
anyway IMO teams could learn more from friendlies like this then from "oh it's only a friendly" game..
although a game like this probably came a little bit early.. for both teams..

Greed
08-14-2009, 07:30 PM
Perfect preparation game! And perfect game to watch as a basketball fan.. The game that got everything. I think both coaches are 100% satisfied with both games, played in Kaunas and Riga.

I hope we will meet again in Poland, then we will put every points on i. :)
Best wishes to our braliukas!

the_black_planet
08-15-2009, 06:12 AM
I'm watching now the 1st game between these 2 teams and allready in the 1st quarter I've quite a few spectacular plays by a Latvian Pg.Is it Kristaps Valters(do you know who started the game?)Is he really that good,because I remember him not doing well in Panionios but it's a long time ago.I heard he signed with Badalona and in this game he plays like a top pg,smart but spectacular too,like a more experienced version of Nick Kalathes!Please sb who's following him closely explain me!

basketfann
08-15-2009, 07:39 AM
I'm watching now the 1st game between these 2 teams and allready in the 1st quarter I've quite a few spectacular plays by a Latvian Pg.Is it Kristaps Valters(do you know who started the game?)Is he really that good,because I remember him not doing well in Panionios but it's a long time ago.I heard he signed with Badalona and in this game he plays like a top pg,smart but spectacular too,like a more experienced version of Nick Kalathes!Please sb who's following him closely explain me!

I think he is the most improved player this year in Latvian national team.
The last season with Fuenlabrada was good 11,1p 4,8 as 3,2 r per game 3p 48%
I think he is now better than R. Shtelmahers who was the long time a latvian team leader.
If Valters can improve his play he maybe top5 pg in europe.

aitorful
08-15-2009, 10:12 AM
Is Blums playing like playmaker or shooting guard?

re5pectas
08-15-2009, 02:22 PM
What does three stars on Latvia's T-shirts symbolises? Just curious :)

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-15-2009, 05:39 PM
Is Blums playing like playmaker or shooting guard?
Blums is combo guard for us. He plays some minutes as SG as well as PG.


What does three stars on Latvia's T-shirts symbolises? Just curious :)
It's one of our national symbols - we've Freedom Monument (http://www.citariga.lv/EN/index.php?page=303&id=2&part=2) where's those three stars.

re5pectas
08-16-2009, 02:25 AM
It's one of our national symbols - we've Freedom Monument (http://www.citariga.lv/EN/index.php?page=303&id=2&part=2) where's those three stars.

Thanks, now I will know ;)
The sculpture holds three stars in its hands as a historical symbol of cultural regions of Latvia - Kurzeme, Latgale and Vidzeme.

a-Ha
08-24-2009, 05:55 AM
Unfortunately one of the best Latvian shooters Sandis Valters has shoulder injury and won't be able to play in Eurobasket :(

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-24-2009, 09:16 AM
Yeah, that sucks. He fit into very well and I thought that he could be one of key players this championship. Definitely a big blow for Latvia.

a-Ha
09-01-2009, 10:10 AM
Shocking news - Latvian power forward Kaspars Bērziņš, who signed this summer with Fuenlabrada and played in NBA Summer league, is suspended from the national team and won't play in Eurobasket. Reason - lack of discipline and laziness on the court.

Two years ago he was the last one not to make place in roster of Eurobasket 2007.

This is bad, now we have only two centers (Kambala, Biedriņš) and one power forward (Helmanis), who is more shooter than inside player...

Picek
09-01-2009, 10:23 AM
I guess someone had to take the blame for recent poor prep results..
why Biedrins played only 10 minutes against Germany?

a-Ha
09-01-2009, 10:33 AM
I guess someone had to take the blame for recent poor prep results..
why Biedrins played only 10 minutes against Germany?

Biedriņš has got a minor ankle injury, but the general manager of national team said, that it seems to be nothing serious. He claimed, that more information would be revealed in monday evening or tuesday, but still no news about that. So I hope, that injury is not serious and Biedriņš will be able to play in our last preparation game against Polish team "Prokom" on 3rd September.

Straight forward
09-02-2009, 05:51 PM
Shocking news - Latvian power forward Kaspars Bērziņš, who signed this summer with Fuenlabrada and played in NBA Summer league, is suspended from the national team and won't play in Eurobasket. Reason - lack of discipline and laziness on the court.


And it seems that Kambala, Biedrins and K. Valters decided to teach K. Kemzura and to skip the training because of that :p :p Latvians won't go anywhere far with that kind of attitude. I feel that this Latvian "dream team" will be a joke in this tournament as well.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
09-02-2009, 06:25 PM
And it seems that Kambala, Biedrins and K. Valters decided to teach K. Kemzura and to skip the training because of that :p :p Latvians won't go anywhere far with that kind of attitude. I feel that this Latvian "dream team" will be a joke in this tournament as well.

It's little bit inaccurate info. At first there were a lot of rumors, but all three had reasons why they didn't practice. Kambala had little pain in elbow, K. Valters had temperature, while Biedrins had minor ankle injury. Nothing serious, but they had to skip few practices. Only Biedrins status is uncertain for tomorrow's friendly against Asseco Prokom. Decision will be made after mornings practice.

Alyosha12
09-02-2009, 06:35 PM
And it seems that Kambala, Biedrins and K. Valters decided to teach K. Kemzura and to skip the training because of that :p :p Latvians won't go anywhere far with that kind of attitude. I feel that this Latvian "dream team" will be a joke in this tournament as well.

Time to change my predictions:D

Get Rich Or Die Playin
09-03-2009, 01:43 PM
Biedrins won't play in tonight's game against Assece Prokom, but he'll be in lineup when championship starts.

Gytaz
09-24-2009, 05:53 PM
krepsinis.net writes (http://www.krepsinis.net/k-kemzurai-pasiulyta-likti-latvijos-rinktines-vyr-trenerio-poste-zaidejai-sulauke-sankciju-120652.html&page=1#cform) that Kemzūra has an offer to stay in Latvian NT, while K.Valters is disqualified for 3 years, A.Skele - for 2 years, A.Biedrins, K.Kambala and K.Berzins for 1 year because of misbehavior. That's a pretty harsh punishment, isn't it? I thought they would just release the coach...

Get Rich Or Die Playin
09-25-2009, 06:18 PM
Kemzura has to decide whether he wants to sign extension with Latvia till October 15th. As expected Kristaps Valters, said that he won't continue his career in NT and he also got disqualified. Armands Šķēle also got suspension, but he has said that he's still open to playing in NT. Biedriņš, Kambala and Bērziņš has one year suspension conditionally.

rikhardur
09-26-2009, 04:15 PM
Has this ever happened in a national team? I really can't recall. They should deserve some sort of punishment, but one-year bans? That's destroying the national team from the inside.

rikhardur
09-30-2009, 03:15 PM
Can anyone tell me what exactly happened with the suspended players? What did they do?

rikhardur
10-06-2009, 05:00 PM
Can anyone tell me what exactly happened with the suspended players? What did they do?
Anyone? Get Rich Or Die Playin?

Get Rich Or Die Playin
10-06-2009, 06:23 PM
Can anyone tell me what exactly happened with the suspended players? What did they do?
They were suspended for discipline problems. Kambala was suspended for hitting German NT player, Berzins, Skele, Biedrins and Kristaps Valters had discipline issues.

Kristaps Valters recieved biggest penalty because of bad influence on team. Berzins partly served his penalty by missing European championship after he was released from team, but he probably made biggest trouble. When Berzins just joined team after NBA Summer league, he spent first night in hotel, but he did it in thunderous way (hammered out hotel room's doors). After that he recieved "yellow card", but later in Efes Pilsen Cup he smashed hotel room once again after partying. Then he recieved red card and was kicked out of team. Biedrins got his suspension also in Turkey when he was Berzins roommate. Skele probably did less from all mentioned, but he was suspended mostly because of his behaviour in previous years.

rikhardur
10-06-2009, 07:14 PM
Much obliged GRODP!

Get Rich Or Die Playin
10-15-2009, 01:31 PM
Kemzura will not stay as Latvian NT head coach, as he didn't accept offer to extend contract. He had time till 15th October to give positive answer. Now most likely our head coach will be Latvian coach.

Mindozas
10-15-2009, 01:42 PM
Kemzura will not stay as Latvian NT head coach, as he didn't accept offer to extend contract. He had time till 15th October to give positive answer. Now most likely our head coach will be Latvian coach.

So it's final decision? In our sites is written, that Kemzura will give final decision to your federation after our federation comitee meeting on October 21st

Get Rich Or Die Playin
10-15-2009, 02:04 PM
So it's final decision? In our sites is written, that Kemzura will give final decision to your federation after our federation comitee meeting on October 21st
Yes, it's final decision. Our federation will offer head coach position to Latvian coach. They will talk about candidates in early November.

Mindozas
10-15-2009, 02:21 PM
Yes, it's final decision. Our federation will offer head coach position to Latvian coach. They will talk about candidates in early November.

That's interesting then. I wonder, could it be that Kestutis was offered to be our head coach without competition, if he didn't ask for a week more to take decision regarding your NT like our sites claims. That must be smth serious...

rikhardur
10-16-2009, 03:28 PM
Latvia On The Search For A New Coach

Latvia will have a new men's coach following the announcement by the country's Basketball Federation that Kestutis Kemzura will no longer be in charge.

Kemzura, a Lithuanian, was offered the opportunity to continue but had to inform the Federation by October 15 of his intention to do so.

He did not, apparently, meet that deadline so Latvia will reveal a new list of candidates by November 3.

The new man, the Federation said, will be a Latvian.

According to Sportacentrs.com, one possible candidate for the post is Ainars Bagatskis - the former national team star known as the 'Golden Hand' because of his deadly shooting.

Bagatskis is the coach of Russian Superleague side Enisey, the same club that Latvia center Kaspars Kambala plays for.

Another strong possibility is the coach of current Latvian champions BK Ventspils, Agris Galvanovskis.

Gundars Vetra, the coach of Russian EuroLeague Women side UMMC Ekaterinburg, expressed interest in the job when it became vacant last time and could be a candidate as well.

Latvia did not have an ideal build-up to the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland with indiscipline leading to suspensions for several players, including Kambala.

However, Kemzura was praised for his work and told he could continue.

He will be a contender for the Lithuania coaching job that became open when Ramunas Butautas resigned after the Baltic side's Qualifying Round exit in Poland.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_HXPt3KaDH8UJu0MwRCMrW1.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html

rikhardur
12-14-2009, 06:28 PM
Latvia Coaching Positions So Far Unfilled

UMMC Ekaterinburg coach Gundars Vetra is mulling over the chance to lead the Latvia men's side.

The Latvians have been considering who to appoint since their EuroBasket 2009 coach, Kestutis Kemzura, decided not to continue and instead lead his own country of Lithuania.

Vetra will not make a decision before he has discussed the matter with UMMC, the Russian team he is leading in the EuroLeague Women, in January.

Latvia, meanwhile, have yet to announce who will coach the women's national team.

Ainars Zvirgzdins stepped down from the post after the country's seventh-place finish at the EuroBasket Women held in Latvia earlier this year.
http://www.fibaeurope.com/coid_lRqitX7rJsAJOt7Nw3Cgq2.articleMode_on.contain er_frontpage.html

rikhardur
01-20-2010, 04:32 PM
LAT - Bagatskis in line to coach Latvia

RIGA (EuroBasket 2011) – Latvia had dreamed of playing at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey but the Baltic side made an early exit at last summer’s EuroBasket after one win in three games.

The team now faces the difficult task of making it back to the Final Round of the EuroBasket, and the man who will lead the way is almost certain to be Ainars Bagatskis.

The Latvians are expected to confirm Bagatskis as their new coach at a federation meeting in Riga on February 3.

Currently at the helm of Russian Superleague outfit Enisey Krasnoyarsk in Russia, the 42-year-old represented Latvia at four EuroBaskets - the last in 2003 in Sweden.

The national team job became open when Latvia’s EuroBasket 2009 coach Kestutis Kemzura elected not to accept the offer of an extension.

Kemzura was then appointed coach of Lithuania.

Gundars Vetra, UMMC Ekaterinburg's Latvian coach, was considered for the position before EuroBasket 2009 and was again a possibility for the job this time but he ruled himself out.

He has a contract with Ekaterinburg through the 2010-2011 campaign.

If confirmed, Bagatskis will not have it easy when Latvia go into EuroBasket qualifying this year as they were on Saturday drawn in the toughest of the three Division A groups.

They are in Group A with Israel, Finland, Italy and Montenegro.

Nevertheless, the opportunity to lead Latvia is something Bagatskis desperately wants.

"To become the national team coach is an honor and a challenge for any coach," Bagatskis said.

"At the same time, it is a very important responsibility because the team represents the entire country.

"It has always been special when playing for the Latvian national team and therefore, I would be proud to represent Latvia basketball in the future, this time as coach."

Bagatskis plans to bring in former Latvia teammate Roberts Stelmahers as his main assistant.

Stelmahers is the coach of Lithuanian club Perlas Vilnius.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/38165/arti.html

Tomé
02-02-2010, 01:10 PM
Kaspars Berzins loaned from Fuenlabrada to LEB Oro team Cáceres 2016

http://thehoopsmarket.blogspot.com/2010/02/fuenlabrada-loans-kaspars-berzins-to.html

With Guardia in the team, Berzins would have played less minutes in ACB team

rikhardur
02-03-2010, 04:44 PM
LAT - Bagatskis appointed Latvia coach

RIGA (EuroBasket 2011) – Latvia’s Basketball Federation on Wednesday confirmed that Ainars Bagatskis is the new coach of the men’s national side.

Bagatskis, a long-time national team player who is now coaching Russian club Enisey Krasnoyarsk, has been given a two-year contract.

The 42-year-old will guide Latvia against Israel, Finland, Montenegro and Italy in EuroBasket 2011 qualifying this summer.

Bagatskis will bring in former Latvia teammate Roberts Stelmahers as his main assistant.

Stelmahers is currently at the helm of Lithuania club Perlas Vilnius.

Latvia had high hopes going into EuroBasket 2009 in Poland under Lithuanian coach Kestutis Kemzura but failed to progress from their Preliminary Round group after win one in their three games.

The Baltic country offered Kemzura a chance to continue in the job but he declined and was later appointed coach of Lithuania.

Bagatskis played at four EuroBaskets - the last in 2003 in Sweden.
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/p/newsid/38343/arti.html

Get Rich Or Die Playin
06-08-2010, 08:35 AM
Latvian NT 23 player candidate list:

Jānis Blūms, Bilbao Basket
Jānis Strēlnieks, Ventspils
Rinalds Sirsniņš, Barons
Edgars Jeromanovs, Liepājas Lauvas
Jānis Kaufmanis, Valmiera
Dairis Bertāns, Ventspils
Mareks Jurevičus, Ventspils
Ingus Bankevics, VEF Rīga
Akselis Vairogs, JSA Bordeaux
Kristers Zeidaks, Fastweb Casale
Artūrs Štālbergs, Rīgas VEF
Rihards Kuksiks, Arizona State
Ernests Kalve, Ventspils
Ivars Timermanis, Barons
Mareks Mejeris, Liepājas Lauvas
Kaspars Bērziņš, Fuenlabrada
Ronalds Zaķis, Ventspils
Rolands Freimanis, Cajasol
Pāvels Veselovs, Prostejov
Dāvis Rozītis, USC
Andris Biedriņš, Warriors
Mārtiņš Meiers, Ventspils
Raitis Grafs, Šiauliai

There are few suprises as there are some young players, but most likely they're included to get them some valuable experience that can be used in future.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
07-05-2010, 04:26 PM
It's official: this year we won't have Andris Biedriņš and Jānis Blūms in roster. Well, time for others to step up!

Gytaz
06-03-2011, 08:41 AM
Any news about possible Latvian roster? Will Biedriņš play?

Get Rich Or Die Playin
07-15-2011, 08:36 PM
Here's our roster:
http://basket.lv/viriesu_izlase/15072011-ainars_bagatskis_janicenoka_un_biedrina_n

We're missing almost entire roster from Eurobasket 2009, only Janis Blums is playing (Rolands Freimanis was also in roster, but then he didn't play). So no Biedrins, Kambala, Janicenoks, both Valters', Skele and list continues with few others...

Jon_Koncak
07-15-2011, 08:40 PM
that's the worst team of the championship by far

rikhardur
07-15-2011, 08:52 PM
Here's our roster:
http://basket.lv/viriesu_izlase/15072011-ainars_bagatskis_janicenoka_un_biedrina_n

We're missing almost entire roster from Eurobasket 2009, only Janis Blums is playing (Rolands Freimanis was also in roster, but then he didn't play). So no Biedrins, Kambala, Janicenoks, both Valters', Skele and list continues with few others...
Why so many absentees? Coach decision or excuses?

sagenas
07-15-2011, 09:08 PM
Why so many absentees? Coach decision or excuses?

Biedrinš said he won't play, but he didn't explain why, Janičenoks is injured and he will recover during 2nd part of the next month, some players still can't play because of disqualification, if I remember well..and things like this, if I know well. :D

Get Rich Or Die Playin
07-15-2011, 09:10 PM
Biedrins is biggest mystery, because there hasn't been any info about him. Official version is that he hasn't recovered from injuries which is BS I think. Probably doesn't want to play this year. Kambala was only one who isn't because of coaches decision although he planned to retire in NT after last Eurobasket.

Kristaps Valters still has that funny DSQ from our federation, same for Armands Skele. Sandis Valters retired from NT last year, while Kristaps Janicenoks is still recovering from ankle injury. Others from last Eurobasket team either isn't in coaches plans (like Ernests Kalve, Gatis Jahovics) or has retired (Uvis Helmanis, Arturs Stalbergs, Aigars Vitols).

Mindozas
07-18-2011, 11:02 AM
Kaspars Berzins is also out due surgery... So almost all the A squad out

Feel really sorry for Latvians, championship is almost at home, lot of supporters was expected and now this...

Get Rich Or Die Playin
07-25-2011, 11:23 AM
Our candidate list will join two U20 players - Martins Meiers (C) and Mareks Mejeris (SF). They're added to get more players and bodies in practices. Maybe one of them could get spot in final roster but it's a longshot.

Other additions are not planned although everyone wanted to see Bagatskis inviting Kambala after missing all other top players from frontcourt (Biedrins, Berzins, Zakis).

Darknemo2000
08-02-2011, 08:05 PM
Wow, Latvia national team just lost to Lithuanian Student team, who looked out of form and overweight a little. Isnt the most inspiring start for Latvia, thats for sure.

wardjdim
08-02-2011, 08:14 PM
From what I read, without Vasiliauskas, Janavicius, Juskevicius e.tc.

That's bad news for Latvia, but it's still early

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-02-2011, 08:15 PM
Today our team looked pathetic. Ok, we were missing our both starting guards Janis Strelnieks and Janis Blums as well as few others from current roster (not including those who isn't playing this year), but still they had to beat them in any way.

Pretty shameful and not the best days for our NT, but I really hope they will use these games (in which most of them will be losses probably) to improve and be solid when real games starts.

Darknemo2000
08-02-2011, 08:24 PM
Ok, we were missing our both starting guards Janis Strelnieks and Janis Blums as well as few others from current roster (not including those who isn't playing this year), but still they had to beat them in any way.

Actually student team could raise the very same argument because their best players like Janavicius, Vasiliauskas, Lipkevicius and others are absent. For the most part this student team is actually student b team as most of the players wouldn't even make to the strongest student team roster.

Xristos
08-02-2011, 08:28 PM
If Latvian players respected the federation they could actually field a quite decent team

Valters
Streilniks
Kuksiks
Kambala
Biedrins
Berzins
Blums
Bertans brothers

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-02-2011, 08:38 PM
If Latvian players respected the federation they could actually field a quite decent team

Valters
Streilniks
Kuksiks
Kambala
Biedrins
Berzins
Blums
Bertans brothers
Plus Janicenoks and Kristaps Valters older brother Sandis and few others...
Big "thanks" to our federation and especially Mr. Edgars Sneps who destroyed this generation and our roster.

Straight forward
08-03-2011, 09:30 AM
Hopefully Blums and Strelnieks will sharply improve Latvia, but obviously this tournament will be hard time for this team. Could be the worst team on the tournament with last night's roster. Barely could notice interesting young players, except maybe Kuksiks. Not the best times for Latvia.

sagenas
08-03-2011, 11:06 AM
Hopefully Blums and Strelnieks will sharply improve Latvia, but obviously this tournament will be hard time for this team. Could be the worst team on the tournament with last night's roster. Barely could notice interesting young players, except maybe Kuksiks. Not the best times for Latvia.

C'mon, they won't be the worst team... Even with roster like this I can't see them being so bad. :)

Illegal2k10
08-03-2011, 11:38 AM
C'mon, they won't be the worst team... Even with roster like this I can't see them being so bad. :)

Believe me, they can be this bad.. I like Bagatskis from times he played at Zalgiris, but as a coach he is a copy of G.Krapikas. And we all know how these types of coaches performs in a high level.. :rolleyes:
Anyway i wish the best luck to Latvia and hope to see them in Vilnius(2nd stage);)

sagenas
08-03-2011, 11:50 AM
Believe me, they can be this bad.. I like Bagatskis from times he played at Zalgiris, but as a coach he is a copy of G.Krapikas. And we all know how these types of coaches performs in a high level.. :rolleyes:
Anyway i wish the best luck to Latvia and hope to see them in Vilnius(2nd stage);)

Yeah, coach may be a problem..I guess this year they lack of guys who have balls to swear coach and do as they wish :D But they were, when it wasn't needed.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-04-2011, 08:03 AM
Here's entire yesterday's Latvia-Slovenia game:
http://sportacentrs.com/basketbols/video/04082011-latvijas_slovenijas_parbaudes_spele_baske

baldur
08-05-2011, 07:03 AM
what about janis blums, kristaps valters, kaspars kambala, andris biedrins, davis bertans? won't they be in latvian's eurobasket 2011 squad?

archaz
08-05-2011, 07:20 AM
what about janis blums, kristaps valters, kaspars kambala, andris biedrins, davis bertans? won't they be in latvian's eurobasket 2011 squad?

Valters - banned
Kambala - Coach didnt invite him
Biedrins - "injury" )
Bertans and Blums will play.

baldur
08-05-2011, 07:21 AM
Valters - banned
Kambala - Coach didnt invite him
Biedrins - "injury" )
Bertans and Blums will play.

ok thanks.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-15-2011, 08:01 PM
After releasing Ivars Timermanis and Pavels Veselovs in roster remains 14 players.

Both were one of the experienced players in this team, but still they were no difference makers and coach decided that better will be having younger players. I think it's good because anyway our chances at Eurobasket are close to zero, so at least they will get much needed experience.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-24-2011, 06:13 PM
Finally a win for Latvia, solid game against Georgia 84:73. And today didn't even play Janis Blums...
Boxscore: http://basket.lv/viriesu_izlase/?xframesrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww1.basket.lv%2Fplain%2Fv iriesu_izlase%2Fprotokols%2F27048&xframeid=basketlvframe

I think after this game we could expect final cuts and know our roster.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-24-2011, 07:31 PM
Final cuts were Akselis Vairogs and Lauris Blaus
http://basket.lv/viriesu_izlase/24082011-ainars_bagatskis_majas_paliek_vairogs_un_

Here you can check out entire Latvia's game vs Georgia:
http://sportacentrs.com/basketbols/ec_viriesiem_2011/video/24082011-parbaudes_spele_latvija_gruzija_pilna_spe

Get Rich Or Die Playin
06-07-2012, 06:36 PM
Today our preliminary roster was named:
http://basket.lv/viriesu_izlase/07062012-ainars_bagatskis

There are 19 player names, but when practices will start on July 2nd, there will be invited 16 to 18 players.

This year we won't have Andris Biedriņš, Kristaps Janičenoks as well as Kristaps Valters, who may return next year. After two year absence returning player is Armands Šķēle. Some changes and additions are still possible.

Get Rich Or Die Playin
06-29-2012, 04:16 PM
Here are 15 names that will start preparations on Monday, July 2nd:
http://basket.lv/viriesu_izlase/28062012-viriesu_valstsvieniba_darbu_saks_18

There is a possibility that some of the best players from U20 squad will be added after their championship.

Bosnian 23
08-16-2012, 12:08 AM
A tough loss to BiH by three, and a loss to begin Eurobasket 2013 qualifiers. Good luck to you guys in the rest of your qualifiers, though. :)

macleopard13
06-13-2013, 06:00 PM
Ainars Bagatskis announced the candidate roster:

- Edgars Jeromanovs (PG, 1.88 m, 27 years old)
- Janis Strelnieks (PG, 1.91 m, 24 years old)
- Janis Blums (PG/SG, 1.91 m, 31 years old)
- Dairis Bertans (SG, 1.93 m, 23 years old)
- Rihards Kuksiks (SG/SF, 1.98 m, 25 years old)
- Martins Laksa (SG/SF, 2.00 m, 23 years old)
- Kristaps Janicenoks (SG/SF, 1.96 m, 30 years old)
- Janis Timma (SF, 2.01 m, 21 years old)
- Zanis Peiners (SF, 2.03 m, 23 years old)
- Mareks Mejeris (SF/PF, 2.07 m, 22 years old)
- Arturs Berzins (PF, 2.04 m, 25 years old)
- Rolands Friemanis (PF/C, 2.10 m, 25 years old)
- Kaspars Berzins (PF/C, 2.13 m, 28 years old)
- Martins Meiers (C, 2.06 m, 22 years old)
- Andris Biedrins (C, 2.13 m, 27 years old)
- Andrejs Selakovs (C, 2.10 m, 25 years old)

Get Rich Or Die Playin
08-31-2013, 05:46 PM
Latvia's final roster for Eurobasket2013:
Mārtiņš Meiers
Andrejs Šeļakovs
Kaspars Bērziņš
Rolands Freimanis
Mareks Mejeris
Jānis Bērziņš
Kristaps Janičenoks
Rihards Kuksiks
Dairis Bertāns
Armands Šķēle
Jānis Blūms
Jānis Strēlnieks