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    „Vasarą turėjome susitikimą su Seibučiu ir tai buvo jo noras nežaisti, nes turėjo sveikatos problemų ir norėjo jas susitvarkyti, – sakė specialistas. – Kalbėjome, kad šią vasarą jis skirts traumų išsigydymui. Žinoma, kad jo norėjau komandoje. Renaldas yra rinktinės startinio penketo žaidėjas. Jis ir Jankūnas yra geriausiai besiginantys komandos žaidėjai. Jis tikrai būtų buvęs komandoje, jei būtų galėjęs žaisti.“

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    So who guarding sloukas? Maybe Greece took advantage of Valanciunas/Gudaitis inability to guard pickenroll? You can have the best perimeter defender in the world, but if your center is really bad in pickenroll defence you will struggle stopping it in fiba game.Our coaching stuff have to have clear plan what to do with Jv and pickenroll defence, because we gonna be attacked by it over and over again.Last 3 years we were.Obviuosly we have to have him on the floor, but how minimaze the damage ,because everybody knows that Jonas is really bad at it.Sloukas who is very fast and really shoots well its nightmare matchup for Jonas in pickenroll defence.

    Yes its all about level.But we dont have that super players you mentione level neither in youngsters , neithers in old foxes.So which ones of them is more hope they gonna step up and give us good minutes in pressure moments and help main players in 2019 Wc?

    Im not saying that you you need to put old geezers team no , im saying that this 2017 was too inexperience team to win playoofs games.And when combine it with rookie coach you get what we got.Kazlauskas took more experienced teams, and he did really good with them.

    Before tournament 2 positions and 2 players couldnt play bad if we would had a chance for long playoof run.It was Kalnietis and Motiejunas.They were the only true options in their positions.One played not well ,other played just badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher View Post
    „Vasarą turėjome susitikimą su Seibučiu ir tai buvo jo noras nežaisti, nes turėjo sveikatos problemų ir norėjo jas susitvarkyti, – sakė specialistas. – Kalbėjome, kad šią vasarą jis skirts traumų išsigydymui. Žinoma, kad jo norėjau komandoje. Renaldas yra rinktinės startinio penketo žaidėjas. Jis ir Jankūnas yra geriausiai besiginantys komandos žaidėjai. Jis tikrai būtų buvęs komandoje, jei būtų galėjęs žaisti.“

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    So that statement by Coach Adomaitis implies that Seibutis chose to take the summer off to recover from nagging hurts.


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    LOL, what Adomaitis can say now? Openly say that it was basically his decision and that he threw the NT under the bus (because we got slaughtered exactly at position 2)? That's what he says now very much contradicts to what Seibutis said in the interview that I posted here. I would like an interview from Seibutis in the first place, but it doesn't matter now, too late, besides Seibutis is too humble to make a fuzz of it, specially that he probably will work with Adomaitis in the nearest future.

    Shawshank, Grigonis was checking Sloukas in the first half and he did a heck of a job, Sloukas probably didn't score a single point, but in the second half he forced Grigonis to pick up personal fouls and drained couple of shots through him. But the biggest problems started when Juskevicius was checking him, and he couldn't do that. He just dominated Juskevicius.

    JV obviously had 2 or 3 situations where his defence was absolutely imbecile (incorrect p'n'r D and inability to step out for covering Bourousis three), but that's about it. The problem was that we had only one aggressive guard Grigonis who was able to adjust after p'n'r nicely. Both Kalnietis and Juskevicius were more of a symbolic defensive figures. There's no doubt with Seibutis and Lekavicius we could shut their guards down much more effectively.

    But i also have to say all the team kinda didn't have the best game. Two many mistakes, too many missed rebounds, not enough of hustle and aggressiveness. We need sharper and hungrier players - no-brainer Sabonis and Lekavicius in the first place (you asked who) and off course veterans as Jankunas, Seibutis. And we more or less good to go (specially if some young SG will prevail till 2019).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hepcat View Post
    So that statement by Coach Adomaitis implies that Seibutis chose to take the summer off to recover from nagging hurts.

    If you ignore some words and letters, he actually says that he doesn't like Seibutis

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    Well Coach Adomaitis does say that the two best defenders from which Team Lietuva can draw are Renaldas Seibutis and Paulius Jankūnas.

    Interesting as well is that he reaffirmed that Team Lietuva would continue to refuse naturalized players for the indefinite future. His statement that only players who were developed by Lithuanian coaches in the Lithuanian system would be considered for the team also seems to imply that Team Lietuva would refuse to consider Americans or Canadians of ancestry even if they ended up playing in Lithuania and acquired Lithuanian citizenship. I'm wondering whether Adomaitis realized that he was making that strong a statement.


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    Lekavicius recovering nicely, a bit faster than expected! Expects to be ready for the first Euroleague's game. Here's long fresh interview. I liked this one the most:

    "Would they let me go to play in FIBA qualification games? I don't know, I didn't talk about it yet" D

    https://www.15min.lt/24sek/naujiena/...ine-874-858744

    Here is good analysis by Vysniauskas and Kunigelis - https://www.15min.lt/24sek/naujiena/...ja-875-854942:

    Agreed on most parts, specially that only defensive sharpness and concentration, mental issues separates Kuzminskas from being absolute beast in FIBA. Interesting that they see Ulanovas as starting SF. On other hand, can't agree with Vysniauskas that Lekavicius will remain a back-up of Kalnietis. His analogy - Kalnietis is no.1 in offence and Lekavicius is no.1 in Defence - is wrong because that's depreciation of Lekavicius offensive abilities (I don't see current Kalnietis launching 29pts in 21min in EL, or 16pts in 14min as against Latvia). IMO, Kunigelis was wiser saying he expects them both at Olympic team 2020. We shouldn't do the same mistake with Kalnietis and Maciulis as we did with Jasikevicius and Kaukenas in 2012 (not to mention that latter 2 were way superior as PROs). They couldn't carry NT any more and, IMO, Kalnietis and Pocius already were better than those, but we build the team around them (something similar happened in 2011). We shouldn't waste one or two tournaments just because of the respect for our leaders of the past.
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