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Lithuania Lietuva

Lithuania

FIBA Ranking 6th
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA Zone FIBA Europe
National Federation Lietuvos Krepšinio Federacija (LKF)
Coach Kestutis Kemzura
Olympic Games
Appearances 5 (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
Medals Med 3.png Bronze 1992, 1996, 2000
World Championships
Appearances 2 (1998, 2006, 2010)
Medals None
Eurobasket
Appearances 9 (1937, 1939, 1995 - 2009)
Medals Med 1.png Gold 1937, 1939, 2003
Med 2.png Silver 1995
Med 3.png Bronze 2007
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Team colours
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The Lithuanian national basketball team is the representative for Lithuania in international men's basketball. Lithuania is historically one of the most prestigious and successful teams in international competition, winning medals in three out of four Olympic tournaments, coming away with three bronze medals.

Lithuanian men competed in two of the pre-war Eurobasket competitions for the European championship. They won both the Eurobasket 1937 and Eurobasket 1939 competitions. The 1939 team was led by Pranas Lubinas (Frank Lubin), who helped popularize basketball in the country and was called the "Grandfather of Lithuanian Basketball."

Being part of the Soviet Union, Lithuanian players frequently formed the core of the Soviet national team. This was especially so for the 1988 Olympic Basketball gold medal winning team which got most of its scoring from four Lithuanians: Valdemaras Chomičius, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Arvydas Sabonis.

After the restoration of Lithuanian independence in 1990, the national team was resurrected. Lithuania won bronze medals in the first three Olympics to feature NBA players—1992, 1996, and 2000, and finished fourth in 2004 and 2008.

The Lithuanian team won the Eurobasket 1937, 1939 and Eurobasket 2003.

Contents

Roster

Roster of the team for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland:

Lithuanian National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
PG 4 Mažutis, Andrius &0000000000000028.00000028 - April 21, 1981(1981-04-21) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Kepez Belediyespor Turkey
PG 5 Kalnietis, Mantas &0000000000000023.00000023 - September 6, 1986(1986-09-06) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Zalgiris Kaunas Lithuania
SG 6 Mačiulis, Jonas &0000000000000024.00000024 - February 10, 1985(1985-02-10) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Armani Jeans Milano Italy
C 7 Lavrinovič, Darjuš &0000000000000029.00000029 - November 1, 1979(1979-11-01) 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) Real Madrid Baloncesto Spain
SG 8 Lukauskis, Mindaugas &0000000000000030.00000030 - May 19, 1979(1979-05-19) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) ASVEL Basket France
PG 9 Delininkaitis, Tomas &0000000000000027.00000027 - June 11, 1982(1982-06-11) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) CB Murcia Spain
SF 10 Jomantas, Artūras &0000000000000024.00000024 - May 4, 1985(1985-05-04) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) BC Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania
SF 11 Kleiza, Linas &0000000000000024.00000024 - January 3, 1985(1985-01-03) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Olympiacos BC Greece
PF 12 Lavrinovič, Kšyštof &0000000000000029.00000029 - November 1, 1979(1979-11-01) 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Montepaschi Siena Italy
SF 13 Jasaitis, Simas &0000000000000027.00000027 - March 26, 1982(1982-03-26) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Galatasaray Cafe Crown Turkey
C 14 Petravičius, Marijonas &0000000000000029.00000029 - October 24, 1979(1979-10-24) 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) Armani Jeans Milano Italy
C 15 Javtokas, Robertas (C) &0000000000000029.00000029 - March 20, 1980(1980-03-20) 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Khimki Moscow Region Russia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Inactive
C Robertas Javtokas Marijonas Petravičius
PF Kšyštof Lavrinovič Darjuš Lavrinovič
SF Linas Kleiza Artūras Jomantas Simas Jasaitis
SG Mindaugas Lukauskis Tomas Delininkaitis Jonas Mačiulis
PG Andrius Mažutis Mantas Kalnietis

Last tournaments

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FIBA World Championship 2010

On December 12, 2009, Lithuania was granted a wild card to participate in World Championship in Turkey the following year.[1]

Eurobasket 2009

Beijing 2008

Winning the third place game at Eurobasket 2007 against Greece allowed Lithuania to qualify for the Olympic basketball tournament at Beijing 2008 without competition at 2008 Pre-Olympics Tournament.

Lithuania basketball team of 2008 finished Beijing 2008 with an 5-3 record taking 4th place.

Eurobasket 2007

Lithuania vs Spain in Gijón (2007-08-16).
Meeting of bronze medalists in Vilnius, 17 September 2007.

Team Lithuania for Eurobasket 2007:

No Position Player Year of birth Club before Eurobasket 2007
4 Guard Rimantas Kaukėnas 1977 Italy Montepaschi Siena
5 Shooting guard Mindaugas Lukauskis 1979 Lithuania Vilniaus Lietuvos Rytas
6 Forward Jonas Mačiulis 1985 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
7 Center Darjuš Lavrinovič 1979 Russia UNICS Kazan
8 Forward Ramūnas Šiškauskas 1978 Greece Panathinaikos BC
9 Forward Darius Songaila 1978 United States NBA Washington Wizards
10 Forward Simas Jasaitis 1982 Israel Maccabi
11 Forward Linas Kleiza 1985 United States NBA Denver Nuggets
12 Forward Kšyštof Lavrinovič 1979 Russia UNICS Kazan
13 Point guard Šarūnas Jasikevičius 1976 United States NBA Golden State Warriors
14 Forward Paulius Jankūnas 1984 Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas
15 Center Robertas Javtokas 1980 Greece Panathinaikos BC

The Lithuanian basketball team of 2007 finished the Eurobasket 2007 with an 8-1 record, winning their first ever bronze medal in Eurobasket tournaments. Winning the third place game in the tournament against Greece allowed Lithuania to qualify for the Olympic basketball tournament at Beijing 2008.

FIBA World Championship 2006

In the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Lithuania finished 7th. This equaled their best ever finish, achieved in 1998, but some saw this as an under-achievement.

They started the tournament with a narrow 2-point loss to Turkey. In their second match they lost to, eventual finalists, Greece in overtime. In that game they made 25 turnovers, which was one of a couple of matches where they made a large number of mistakes. Their third game against Qatar was an easy victory 106:65. This restored some confidence ahead of the must-win match against Australia, as they won it 78:57. Their last group match against Brazil was close in the end, as Brazil lost it by 5 points 79:74. This ensured Lithuania's advance to the eighth-finals to face Italy. They won the match by 3 points 71:68, although Arvydas Macijauskas fouled an Italian player during a 3-point attempt in the dying seconds which gave Italy the chance to level the score, but all 3 free throws were missed. They lost their quarter final match against the eventual champions, Spain by 22 points. Lithuania turned the ball over 28 times during that match. They lost to Turkey in over-time of the 5th-8th place classification round, in which they wasted a 12-point lead in the last 3 minutes of the fourth quarter to take the match into over-time and eventually lost the 5-minute over-time 20:9. The final result was 95:84 to Turkey. They won their last match against Germany 77:62, and thus equaled their best-ever finish of 7th place.

Sireika resigned soon after the championship. On December 28, 2006, Ramūnas Butautas was announced as the new coach of the team.

Notable players

Rimas Kurtinaitis

Notable coaches and assistants

There have been only few coaches on Lithuania basketball team roster since Lithuania's independence in 1991.

  • Vladas Garastas - coach for Lithuania basketball team for Olympics of 1992 and 1996, for European championship of 1995.
  • Jonas Kazlauskas - coach for Sydney 2000 Olympics and couple of European championships (1997, 1999, 2001) and for World championship 1998.
  • Antanas Sireika - coach for Athens 2004 Olympics and for golden European championship of 2003, later for EC 2005 and World championship 2006.
  • Ramūnas Butautas - coach of Lithuania basketball team, won bronze medal in EC 2007.

There have been couple of notable assistants for Lithuania basketball team.

  • Javier Imbroda helped Lithuania earn its first medal shortly after independence at Barcelona 1992 Olympics.
  • Donnie Nelson an American coach that helped Lithuania for many years in various tournaments. After the near loss of team USA at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Nelson declared that he would never help Lithuania in matches against USA.

Achievements

World Championship record

  • 1998 - 7th place
  • 2006 - 7th place
  • 2010 - qualified (wildcard)

Olympic Games record

A monument celebrating the achievements of the Lithuanian basketball, located in Vilnius close to the Siemens Arena
  • 1992 - Med 3.png 3rd place (bronze medal)
  • 1996 - Med 3.png 3rd place (bronze medal)
  • 2000 - Med 3.png 3rd place (bronze medal)
  • 2004 - 4th place
  • 2008 - 4th place

European Championship record

  • 1937 - Med 1.png Champion (gold medal)
  • 1939 - Med 1.png Champion (gold medal)
  • 1946 to 1991 - See USSR National Basketball Team
  • 1993 - Not Qualified
  • 1995 - Med 2.png 2nd place (silver medal)
  • 1997 - 6th place
  • 1999 - 5th place
  • 2001 - 11th place
  • 2003 - Med 1.png Champion (gold medal)
  • 2005 - 5th place
  • 2007 - Med 3.png 3rd place (bronze medal)
  • 2009 - 11th place
  • 2011 - qualified (as a host country)

Past rosters

1937 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 8 teams

Arturas Andrulis, Leonas Baltrunas, Pranas Talzunas, Leopoldas Kepalas, Feliksas Kriauciunas, Pranas Mazeika, Eugenijus Nikolskis, Leonas Petrauskas, Zenonas Puzinauskas, Stasys Sačkus, Juozas Žukas, Česlovas Daukša (Coach: Feliksas Kriaučiūnas)

1939 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 8 teams

Pranas Lubinas, Mykolas Ruzgys, Leonas Baltrūnas, Artūras Andrulis, Jurgis Jurgėla, Pranas Mažeika, Vytautas Norkus, Vytautas Budriūnas, Zenonas Puzinauskas, Feliksas Kriaučiūnas, Vytautas Lesčinskas, Eugenijus Nikolskis, Leonas Petrauskas, Mindaugas Šliūpas (Coach: Pranas Lubinas)

1992 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 12 teams

Arvydas Sabonis, Šarunas Marčiulionis, Valdemaras Chomičius, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Sergėjus Jovaiša, Artūras Karnišovas, Gintaras Einikis, Arūnas Visockas, Darius Dimavičius, Romanas Brazdauskis, Gintaras Krapikas, Alvydas Pazdrazdis (Coach: Vladas Garastas)

1993 EuroBasket: did not qualify

1994 World Championship: did not participate

1995 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 14 teams

Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Artūras Karnišovas, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Valdemaras Chomičius, Gintaras Einikis, Arūnas Visockas, Gintaras Krapikas, Saulius Štombergas, Mindaugas Timinskas, Darius Lukminas, Gvidonas Markevičius (Coach: Vladas Garastas)

1996 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 12 teams

Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Artūras Karnišovas, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Saulius Štombergas, Gintaras Einikis, Darius Lukminas, Rytis Vaišvila, Tomas Pačėsas, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Mindaugas Žukauskas (Coach: Vladas Garastas)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Artūras Karnišovas, Saulius Štombergas, Gintaras Einikis, Virginijus Praškevičius, Dainius Adomaitis, Darius Maskoliūnas, Kęstutis Šeštokas, Andrius Jurkūnas, Darius Lukminas, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Mindaugas Timinskas, Eurelijus Žukauskas (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

1998 World Championship: finished 7th among 16 teams

Artūras Karnišovas, Saulius Štombergas, Gintaras Einikis, Virginijus Praškevičius, Tomas Masiulis, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Dainius Adomaitis, Darius Maskoliūnas, Darius Lukminas, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Tomas Pačėsas (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

1999 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Arvydas Sabonis, Arturas Karnisovas, Saulius Štombergas, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Gintaras Einikis, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Virginijus Praškevičius, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Tomas Masiulis, Dainius Adomaitis, Darius Maskoliūnas, Kęstutis Marčiulionis (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 12 teams

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Saulius Štombergas, Mindaugas Timinskas, Gintaras Einikis, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Darius Songaila, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Tomas Masiulis, Dainius Adomaitis, Darius Maskoliūnas, Andrius Giedraitis, Kestutis Marciulionis (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Saulius Štombergas, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Darius Songaila, Gintaras Einikis, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Mindaugas Timinskas, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Rimantas Kaukėnas, Robertas Javtokas, Donatas Slanina, Andrius Jurkūnas (Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas)

2002 World Championship: did not qualify

2003 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 16 teams

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Arvydas Macijauskas, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Saulius Štombergas, Darius Songaila, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Donatas Slanina, Kšyštof Lavrinovič, Virginijus Praškevičius, Dainius Salenga, Giedrius Gustas (Coach: Antanas Sireika)

2004 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 12 teams

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Arvydas Macijauskas, Saulius Štombergas, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Darius Songaila, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Ksystof Lavrinovic, Dainius Salenga, Robertas Javtokas, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Donatas Slanina, Vidas Ginevičius (Coach: Antanas Sireika)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 16 teams

Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Robertas Javtokas, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Simas Jasaitis, Ksystof Lavrinovic, Darjuš Lavrinovič, Vidas Ginevicius, Paulius Jankūnas, Simonas Serapinas, Giedrius Gustas, Darius Šilinskis, Mindaugas Lukauskis (Coach: Antanas Sireika)

2006 World Championship: finished 7th among 24 teams

Arvydas Macijauskas, Darius Songaila, Robertas Javtokas, Simas Jasaitis, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Darjuš Lavrinovič, Kšyštof Lavrinovič, Linas Kleiza, Paulius Jankūnas, Giedrius Gustas, Tomas Delininkaitis, Mantas Kalnietis (Coach: Antanas Sireika)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Rimantas Kaukėnas, Simas Jasaitis, Darius Songaila, Ksystof Lavrinovic, Darjus Lavrinovic, Linas Kleiza, Robertas Javtokas, Jonas Mačiulis, Paulius Jankūnas, Giedrius Gustas (Coach: Ramunas Butautas)

2008 Olympic Games: finished 4th among 12 teams

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Rimantas Kaukėnas, Simas Jasaitis, Ksystof Lavrinovic, Darjus Lavrinovic, Linas Kleiza, Robertas Javtokas, Jonas Mačiulis, Mindaugas Lukauskis, Marius Prekevičius, Marijonas Petravičius (Coach: Ramunas Butautas)

2009 Eurobasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Artūras Jomantas, Mantas Kalnietis, Tomas Delininkaitis, Simas Jasaitis, Ksystof Lavrinovic, Darjus Lavrinovic, Linas Kleiza, Robertas Javtokas, Jonas Mačiulis, Mindaugas Lukauskis, Andrius Mažutis, Marijonas Petravičius (Coach: Ramunas Butautas)

2010 World Championship: finished among 24 teams

See also

References

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