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    I think the optimal team to the players:

    1) M.Kalnietis; L.Lekavičius / M.Girdžiūnas
    2) M.Pocius; R.Seibutis A. Milaknis (M.Gecevičius / M.Runkauskas)
    3) M.Kuzminskas; J.Mačiulis; D.Gailius
    4) D.Motiejunas, L.Kleiza, P.Jankunas (G.Orelikas / D.Sabonis)
    5) J.Valančiūnas; O.Galdikas (I think next season will play in the NBA); A. Kavaliauskas; R.Javtokas; D.Lavrinovičius

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    Another similar thread + some players are not even in the preliminary roster. Should be deleted.
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    I know there is a thread in the Lithuanian section of the forum, however I don't intend on moving threads every few months back and forth and definately prefer keeping these NT threads in the designated forum after the end of the tournament. If you guys'll insist on transfering the 2015 thread from the Lith forum, I can do that, however the thread stays here than... If you guys prefer to have that thread in the Lith forum, you may have two simmilar threads as far as I am concerned nothing wrong with that, since the original one is already detailed enough to suit Lithuanian interest and this one will likely be far below that level
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    That's funny shit.I cant believe there are sports fans thinking like it.It's like Federer losing to random Japanese player in round 1 of French Open but tournament director stepping in and saying "hey it was a fluke win who wants to watch a random Japanese guy in next round,Federer qualifies"

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    JPF, fine than! Less work for you. 2 threads won't hurt.

    I'll just say than that Galdikas and Runkauskas are not in the preliminary roster. They won't be in the NT this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    JPF, fine than! Less work for you. 2 threads won't hurt.

    I'll just say than that Galdikas and Runkauskas are not in the preliminary roster. They won't be in the NT this summer.
    A preliminary list of those registered in the FIBA and J. Kazlauskas it can change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G&B View Post
    I think the optimal team to the players:

    1) M.Kalnietis; L.Lekavičius / M.Girdžiūnas
    2) M.Pocius; R.Seibutis A. Milaknis (M.Gecevičius / M.Runkauskas)
    3) M.Kuzminskas; J.Mačiulis; D.Gailius
    4) D.Motiejunas, L.Kleiza, P.Jankunas (G.Orelikas / D.Sabonis)
    5) J.Valančiūnas; O.Galdikas (I think next season will play in the NBA); A. Kavaliauskas; R.Javtokas; D.Lavrinovičius
    How can you call those selections "optimal" when Donatas Motiejūnas is still recovering from his back surgery and two of those players aren't even good enough to be on Coach Kazlauskas' preliminary roster?


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    PG: M.Kalnietis, L.Lekavičius
    SG: R.Seibutis, A.Milaknis, A.Juškevičius
    SF: J.Mačiulis, M.Kuzminskas
    PF: P.Jankūnas, D.Sabonis, ???????????
    C: J.Valančiūnas, A.Kavaliauskas

    Extra thoughts:
    1) Juškevičius just isn't a PG, if we're taking him he should be playing SG (and PG if really needed)
    2) With Motiejūnas and Kleiza out, we're very limited on PF's. It would be great if D.Lavrinovic played. If not, we could get Maciulis or Kuzminskas to start at PF and get another SF (Gailius or Giedraitis).
    3) Why would I take Lekavičius over Ž.Janavičius and M.Girdžiūnas ? Janavičius has no shooting ability whatsoever, but has great ball-handling. Girdžiūnas is great 1x1 and still somewhat young, but is very dependant on 3-point shooting which seemed weak on defensive teams (plus, on how Kazlauskas mentioned he was the last one he put on the list, i doubt he'll make the camp). L.Lekavičius is simply the middle version. He is only 22, therefore is quite perspective and despite being young, he already has euroleague experience than both of them.
    4) Javtokas might also take Kavaliauskas' place if defence is what Kazlauskas wants.

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    Interesting team, but I would be very confident if Greece were to play Lithuania in a knockout game. That backcourt is rather weak.

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    but Gudaitisi?Darius can't play power forward !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas "Pumpfake"-iūnas View Post
    PG: M.Kalnietis, L.Lekavičius
    SG: R.Seibutis, A.Milaknis, A.Juškevičius
    SF: J.Mačiulis, M.Kuzminskas
    PF: P.Jankūnas, D.Sabonis, ???????????
    C: J.Valančiūnas, A.Kavaliauskas

    4) Javtokas might also take Kavaliauskas' place if defence is what Kazlauskas wants.
    I'd definitely add Robertas Javtokas to the team. He demonstrated in the Lithuanian league final that he can still play when the chips are down.

    Meanwhile I just don't think Domantas Sabonis is ready for the big time yet. Maybe Coach Kazlauskas can put in a call to Kšyštof Lavrinovič. He was one of the few Rytas players who didn't seem to be completely outclassed in the Lithuanian league final.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Svoura View Post
    Interesting team, but I would be very confident if Greece were to play Lithuania in a knockout game. That backcourt is rather weak.
    The sad thing is, this still looks like our best backourt in recent years.
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    Is Kalnietis healthy? If he is, it is a big plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svoura View Post
    Is Kalnietis healthy? If he is, it is a big plus.
    He should be. Had an operation in the middle of the season instead of the end so he could play. True soul of the team.
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    hello,i want to ask,has sabonis a position at lithuanian national team?thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giorgos Alexopoulos View Post
    hello,i want to ask,has sabonis a position at lithuanian national team?thanks
    What do you mean with "position"?


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    And which Sabonis?

    Sabonis the Elder is Basketball Federation President, Sabonis the Younger is fighting for his place in NT

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    Friendly matches show that there is a big imbalancement in our Lithuanian squad..The younger generation looks more promising then older.Javtokas game against Finland was terrible. Looks very unfit and weak in defense. I hope he steps his game up because right now he is our captain.Kalnietis had is well a terrible game against Finland so many mistakes,but he had an injury so I guess its understandable,but I am not confident he will recover fully until the championships. Young players looked amazing, like Lekavicius against Australia,our new future Jasikevicius maybe.Domantas Sabonis looks is well confident on the court. Others like Gudaitis and Deividas Gailius look is well bright for the future. All I am saying the younger players look much better.I just hope Kazlaukas gives them a chance in the Euros. I am confident they could do a much better job.But anyways My starting 5 would be. (PG)LEKAVICIUS (PF )DOMANTAS SABONIS (SF)Kuzminskas (SG)Seibutis (C)Valanciunas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svoura View Post
    Interesting team, but I would be very confident if Greece were to play Lithuania in a knockout game. That backcourt is rather weak.

    Where and why do you see weakness in our Backcourt ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modis View Post
    Kalnietis had is well a terrible game against Finland so many mistakes,but he had an injury so I guess its understandable,but I am not confident he will recover fully until the championships.
    Kalnieties had 11 passes and he had a terrible game? Are you serious?

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    Think it's time to guess squad , and my squad is:
    PG: M.Kalnietis, L.Lekavičius
    SG: R.Seibutis, A.Milaknis, A.Juškevičius
    SF: J.Mačiulis, M.Kuzminskas
    PF: P.Jankūnas, D.Sabonis
    C: J.Valančiūnas, R.Javtokas, A.Kavaliauskas

    There are two possible changes:
    1. A.Gudaitis instead of R.Javtokas or A.Kavaliauskas to make stronger PF position (i would like that decision).
    2. D.Gailius instead of R.Javtokas or A.Kavaliauskas to make stronger SF position.
    But i don't think it will happen. Kazlauskas is quite conservative coach.

    P.S. It's really nice to have Sabonis (and not because of his father name, but because of his game) in our NT. Some users here are to young to remember his father playing, i'm old enough and to see his son playing at such high level is a pure pleasure.

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