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Nba.com: Lithuanian guard was a deadeye jump-shooter and capable of ferocious drives to the basket. 1988 Olympic Games Gold Medal Champion in Seoul with Arvydas Sabonis. Career was hampered by injury; was on brink of making real impression on league before getting hurt. Developed three-point shot late in career. Averaged 18.9 ppg off the bench for the Warriors in 1991-92. Has a chain of hotels, called the Hotel Sarunas Vilnius. Sarunas is Founder of the Basketball Funds in Lithuania and the USA. Since May,1992 Sarunas has been Owner of SARUNAS Hotel and on September 1st, 1992 Sarunas founded a private Basketball School. In 1993 Sarunas Marciulionis founded Lithuanian Basketball League and became its president. In April, 1998 Sarunas became Extraordinary and Minister Pleni Potenciary of Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the USA.In 1999 Sarunas founded North European Basketball League NEBL and became its Commissioner. 1981 USSR XVI youth sport festival winner. His daughter Kriste was born in 1987 and his son Augustas was born in 2002. In 1992 Sarunas played for the Lithuanian National Team in the Qualifying Tournament for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. In 1995 – at the European Championship, in 1996 Sarunas played in the Olympics in Atlanta.
Fiba.com: "The 1995 European Championship final in Athens will go down
as one of the greatest ever. It had everything, an electric atmosphere, an
outstanding individual performance and plenty of controversy.
Name: Raimondas Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Nickname: Rooney (USA)
Drafted: 1987, 6th Round, 127th pick by the Golden State Warriors
Schools: State University of Vilnius (Lithuania)
Languages: Lithuanian, English
Teams (jersey): Soviet National Team (7), Lithuanian National Team (13), 1989-94 Golden State Warriors, 1994-95 Seattle Supersonics, 1995-96 Sacramento Kings, 1996-97 Denver Nuggets, IBN Dream Team (First Team)
IBN Facts: Marčiulionis opened his first of many hotels, the Sarunas Hotel in Vilnius, in 1992. In 1993, he founded
the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and became the league's president. To order some of the Lithuanian Grateful Dead Apparel, call 1-800-CAL-DEAD, or one of the following toll-free numbers: 1-888-633-DEAD is Sarunas Marciulionis' number, with the proceeds going to his basketball school in Lithuania. 1-888-977-SLAM is Arvydas Sabonis' number, with the benefits going to his basketball school in Lithuania.
Accomplishments: 1982 USSR III youth games winner. 1982 Europe youth champion. 1983 World youth champion. 1985 Universiade champion in Kobe. 1987 Europe vice champions All Stars team member. 1987 First among the best Lithuanian and USSR basketball players, second in Europe. 1988 Olympic Games Gold Medal Champion in Seoul. 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 Best and most popular sportsman in Lithuania. 1991,1992 ”Best NBA sixth man” second place. 1992 Most Valuable player in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Ranked among the leaders in points, leading Lithuania to the bronze medals. 1995 European vice champion in Athens. Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
|Sarunas Marciulionis Links From our forum: Marciulionis to U.S. Hall of Fame? Sabonis or Marciulionis? Old interview with Marchulonis Another Marciulionis Interview Lithuania Basketbal Forum Article: see below Marciulionis Interview (Rimas Valeikis)|