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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    Kuzminskas gets attention from Lakers and Jazz. Confirmed by his agent. He's considering to be in summer league. Kuzminskas is 25. He should go there if he'll have a chance. Even if he will end up with a little role as Claver has in Portland, that would be good for Kuzminskas, IMO. To work with NBA physical coaches and all the stuff - he surely would be forced to work hard. That's what he's lacking now - being physical and nasty. However, Unicaja has the rights of him for the next season. NBA teams would have to pay a buy out.
    Wow, I just caught this post of yours - thanks for the info - I hadn't heard this somehow (in spite of being a big Kuzminskas fan).

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    And here's an interesting NBA stat that would make optimistic most of Liths here. Jonas is No.1 in the NBA by PPP (points per possession). Dmo is No.5 in the NBA by PPP. And both are still underused. For example Aldrige has 512 possessions, Marc Gasol 442 while Jonas 247 and Donatas 249. Imagine where those two will be in a couple of years when they'll get unleashed? Somewhere at the light of the best NBA bigs.

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    It's interesting that Ed Palubinskas who has Lithuanian roots now is famous and well respected NBA shooting coach. He's well known for teaching Shaq and Howard shooting FTs. Maybe he would be interested to work with Lithuanian NT (?). All DMo, Sabonis and Gudaitis have some issues with FT shooting + he would bring some of the USA basketball culture which could be a nice compliment for Lithuanian traditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    It's interesting that Ed Palubinskas who has Lithuanian roots now is famous and well respected NBA shooting coach. He's well known for teaching Shaq and Howard shooting FTs. Maybe he would be interested to work with Lithuanian NT (?). All DMo, Sabonis and Gudaitis have some issues with FT shooting + he would bring some of the USA basketball culture which could be a nice compliment for Lithuanian traditions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Palubinskas
    Not sure if we could afford him. Probably gets big bucks to coach shaq or howard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svajunas View Post
    Not sure if we could afford him. Probably gets big bucks to coach shaq or howard.
    Sure. The only way we could get him - it's his will and some sort of patriotism. No idea if he has any sentiments to Lithuania. Besides, I don't know how much current federation and coaches would want something like that. I see it as highly conservative - it's good and bad at the same time. Personally, I liked how Jr, Nelson worked with the NT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ligonis View Post
    what is name Ed? it is not lithuanian. I hate emigrants,leave contry than forgotten lithuanian than exepting to have lithuanian citisinship for example Stauskas and Surna. Ilgauskas also traitor. Why no playing to nacional team? Garastas not there ,still exuse,no playing, what, he hates Lithuania? Palubinskas not lithuanian if no langauge, no patriot. Let stay in NBA,he not deserve to couch Lithuania.
    You dont know anything about him or why he is living there, maybe his parent or granparents moved there 50 years ago. His name could be Ed short for Edvardas or just Ed because he is american.
    btw stauskas never showed interest in lithuanian citizenship.

    No reason to hate and judge, when you dont know the whole story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    It's interesting that Ed Palubinskas who has Lithuanian roots now is famous and well respected NBA shooting coach. He's well known for teaching Shaq and Howard shooting FTs. Maybe he would be interested to work with Lithuanian NT (?). All DMo, Sabonis and Gudaitis have some issues with FT shooting + he would bring some of the USA basketball culture which could be a nice compliment for Lithuanian traditions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Palubinskas
    Nice find, didn't know that Palubinskas is working as shooting coach Anyway, I don't know if he could help to improve free-throw shooting of our players you mentioned. Unlike Shaq or Howard, who are terrible shooters and has no proper technique, our guys can shoot, but it looks like the main problem is their psychology, atleast with Gudaitis and Sabonis it's quite obvious. Of course maybe Ed is good psychologist too


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    Another Lithuanian in NBA camps this summer. G. Biruta joins Nuggets camp.
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    So Gudaitis is drafted by the 76ers, 47th pick. I thought he was a bit underrated in the draft, but apparently the analysts see him as an undersized NBA center with terrible court vision.

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    I agree with them. He is a long way from nba ready center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macleopard13 View Post
    So Gudaitis is drafted by the 76ers, 47th pick. I thought he was a bit underrated in the draft, but apparently the analysts see him as an undersized NBA center with terrible court vision.
    You know,in the end of the day he got what he wanted . He got drafted. Out of all them thousands and thousands college players in USA, there is this one guy from Europe who did not know how to play basketball five years ago, yet... it is a remarkable achievement for him , and for Zalgiris as well. Unlike Valanciunas and lrytas association ,this one was truly due to both parties working hard together .

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    Well Kalnietis looks rusty and far from his pre-injury self yet still the guy who reads the game best in the whole summer league most likely. It's funny how reporters mentioning he's not an athlete while we used to think he's at least a bit of an athlete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Svajunas View Post
    You dont know anything about him or why he is living there, maybe his parent or granparents moved there 50 years ago. His name could be Ed short for Edvardas or just Ed because he is american.
    btw stauskas never showed interest in lithuanian citizenship.

    No reason to hate and judge, when you dont know the whole story.
    I hope that guy got banned. So ignorant and offensive to any foreign posters with Lithuanian origins here. And I'm sure his views are not reflective of Lithuanian people.

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    He is just trolling kid. Gets banned, creates new account and continues with his rage.

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    Anyone things Domantas Sabonis could enter NBA soon ( ? )
    On August 13, 2015, ESPN placed Domantas Sabonis 20th in the 2015-16 season NCAA players ranking, describing him as one of the best, and edgiest, rebounder.I thing its just a matter of time.If he plays in the Eurobasket 2015 this year with Lithuania and is successful or wins a medal this could be a huge boost for him,and this would open many opportunities for him.
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    I think the biggest boost for him will increased playing time in Gonzaga next season. he should average double double there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svajunas View Post
    I think the biggest boost for him will increased playing time in Gonzaga next season. he should average double double there.
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    Well, Sports Illustrated named the best NBA players for the next season. If that wouldn't be some big name, I would just say it's not worth attention because it seems they don't really get it, very superficial understanding of players. Motiejunas is 98 and such players as Josh Smith who was literally a back-up for D-Mo most of the time he spent in Houston is ranked higher. He was no-where near to production D-Mo delivered for Houston. Tons of players who ranked higher than D-Mo. The biggest rebuke for Dmo is his rebounding (Sports Illustrated) while actually his rebounding per 36 in the category of the best 4 in the league (only slightly below) and surely not as small forwards Anyway, D-Mo is just not hyped, underrated player and the hell with that, but seriously to rank him so low while he was basically was the main option after Harden for TOP4 team in the league (well one of the best regular season teams in the west) till his injury is total fail. JV is ranked 77 and he never got the role even close to what DMO was doing for Houston (not to mention bunch of players who had lower roles than JV had). DMO was vital with his ball movement, low scoring ability even in the clutch and universal, very solid defence. I found this list absolutely funny and that's not even about D-MO, it's some fantasy bullshit...Seems like everything is about hyping in NBA. Well, DMO will have to make some noise in the playoffs to make a name for himself I guess. Most of reporters still seem to treat him as some awkward unathletic white big as it seems If DMO is 100% healthy he will give them couple of lessons.

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    Seems like I started this thread for a reason. Here's an idea - we'll have 4 first round picks in 10's (coming in short 5-6 years period) and there's a good chance 2 of them will be TOP 10 picks. Sounds pretty good? How that could happen? JV, D-MO, Sabonis, Sedekerskis. 2 latter projected as first round picks, Sabonis might be among top 10. We can mention Gudaitis is drafted as well. For comaprison it was only Kleiza as first round pick in 00's and only Ilgauskas as first round pick in 90's. Euroleague's situation is not as good as it used to be, but Lithuania might fundamentally increase the troop in NBA.
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