Mindaugas Timinskas is a Lithuanian former professional basketball player and basketball coach. He represented the senior Lithuanian national basketball team. Born in Šilutė, Lithuanian SSR, Timinskas played NCAA Division I college basketball, in the United States, at Iona College, from 1993 to 1997. After college, Timinskas returned to Lithuania. Timinskas began his pro career in the 1997–98 season, after he signed with his home town team of Šilutė. At the time, the team was playing in the Lithuanian Basketball League. Timinskas left his main mark in his career, while playing with the Spanish Liga ACB club TAU Cerámica, during the EuroLeague 2000–01 Finals. During the finals, he had three double-digit scoring games, most notably with 18 points scored in Game 4, to force the series to a fifth and final contest, his rim-rocking dunk in that game, is still remembered as one of the greatest highlights of the EuroLeague's modern era. Timinskas was named the head coach of the Cary Academy Varsity Basketball team, for the 2012–13 season, replacing Kenny Inge.
He was let go following the 2015–16 season. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. MAAC Player of the Year: Lithuanian All-Star Game MVP: Spanish ACB League Champion: 3× Lithuanian LKL League Champion: Lithuanian League Finals MVP: 1996 FIBA Europe Under-22 Championship: Gold 1995 EuroBasket: Silver 2000 Summer Olympics: Bronze Euroleague.net Profile Eurobasket.com Profile Spanish League Profile Italian League Profile
Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics
Basketball contests at the 1996 Olympic Games were held from July 20, 1996 to August 4, 1996. Games took place in the Georgia Dome. With the U. S. men’s team winning the gold medal, Scottie Pippen would become the first person to win NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, having played for Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. He had played for the Bulls in 1992 and that year, for the "Dream Team" at the Barcelona Olympics. An NOC may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players; the reigning world champions and the host country qualify automatically, as do the winners of the five continental championships, plus the runner-up and third place from the Americas, the runner-up from Asia and the second through fourth places from the Europe tournament. For the women's tournament, the extra teams consisted of the runner-up from the Americas, in addition to the second and third places from Asia and Europe. Twelve teams are split into two preliminary round groups of six teams each.
The top four teams from both groups qualify for the knockout stage. Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th–12th places in the final ranking. In the quarterfinals, the matchups are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1; the four eliminated from the quarterfinals form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking. The winning teams from the quarterfinals meet in the semifinals as follows: A1/B4 vs. A3/B2 and A2/B3 vs. A4/B1; the winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze. Tie-breaking criteria: Head to head results Goal average between the tied teams Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round; the four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round. 1996 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men, FIBA Archive. Accessed June 25, 2011. 1996 Olympic Games: Tournament for Women, FIBA Archive.
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Tomas Pačėsas is a Lithuanian former professional basketball player and current coach. Pačėsas was the Polish League MVP, in 2004. Pačėsas was a member of the senior Lithuanian national team that won bronze medals at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In December 2015, Pačėsas signed on as the head coach of Lietuvos rytas, he helped Rytas win the King Mindaugas Cup, defeating rivals BC Neptūnas and BC Žalgiris, but suffered a disastrous 3rd-place finish in the LKL after losing to Neptūnas in the semifinals. In June 2016, he extended his contract for one more year; the 2016-2017 season was more disastrous, as the team struggled in the LKL and failed to qualify to the Eurocup playoffs. In February 2017, Pačėsas resigned, left Lietuvos rytas. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. North European League Champion: Russian Championship Champion: 6× Polish League Champion: 1996 Summer Olympic Games: Bronze
Basketball Club Žalgiris is a professional basketball team, based in Kaunas, Lithuania. Founded in 1944, it is one of the oldest teams in the EuroLeague and plays domestically in the Lietuvos krepšinio lyga. Žalgiris is one of 11 European clubs that hold EuroLeague A Licenses, which provide their holders with a guaranteed place in the regular-season phase of the EuroLeague. Since the 2011–12 season, Žalgiris plays its home games in the new Žalgiris Arena, built just before the EuroBasket 2011; the club's name commemorates the victorious Battle of Žalgiris. Žalgiris has featured many Lithuanian basketball legends during their history, including Arvydas Sabonis, Modestas Paulauskas and Šarūnas Jasikevičius. Eight of the thirteen Lithuanian basketball players to play in the National Basketball Association have played for Žalgiris or were part of the Žalgiris youth program at one point in their careers; the team is the most decorated Lithuanian basketball club having won twenty Lithuanian championships, five Soviet championships, one European championship, have reached the Lithuanian league finals every season in league history.
The club was formed in 1944. The team immediately became a power, winning multiple Lithuanian basketball championships winning the USSR Premier Basketball League in 1947 and 1951; the team won silver in the 1949 and 1952 championships winning the bronze medals in 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956. Žalgiris won the USSR Basketball Cup in 1953. The team at the time was led by Stepas Butautas, Vytautas Kulakauskas, Justinas Lagunavičius, Kazimieras Petkevičius, by Stasys Stonkus and Algirdas Lauritėnas. In the 1960s, the team's play declined, many new young players like Modestas Paulauskas, Romualdas Venzbergas, Henrikas Giedraitis joined the team joined by Algirdas Linkevičius and Sergėjus Jovaiša, though the highest achievement was bronze medals in the Soviet Union championship in 1971, 1973 and 1978. In 1980, Žalgiris won the silver medals, debuted in the 1980–81 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup the next season. Žalgiris became the dominant force in Soviet Union and in Europe when they added new talents to the team: first came Valdemaras Chomičius Rimas Kurtinaitis and Vladas Garastas became the new team coach.
But everything changed when the team noticed a talented young kid named Arvydas Sabonis, 17 years old 209 cm and he debuted in the club in 1981. He grew about 12 more cm in the next couple of years and could do everything on the court: play defense, assist his teammates, shoot 3 pointers and dominate inside the paint. In the mid-1980s, the finals between Žalgiris Kaunas and CSKA Moscow served as a major inspiration for Lithuanian national revival that contributed to the emergence of the Sąjūdis national movement and re-establishment of state independence; when they played in Kaunas Sports Hall. During the 1980s, Žalgiris won three consecutive Soviet Union National League championships from 1985 till 1987, beating CSKA Moscow in the finals. In 1985 they lost to FC Barcelona. Despite the loss, Žalgiris participated in EuroLeague the next year as the Soviet Union champions, reaching the finals and losing to the rival Cibona. In 1986, Žalgiris won the William Jones Intercontinental Cup, defeating Dražen Petrović's Cibona Zagreb in the semi-finals and Ferro Carril Oeste in the finals.
They participated in 1987 FIBA Club World Cup. Žalgiris was emerging as one of the top clubs in Europe at the time. In 1987, however, Žalgiris suffered a setback. Biggest star of the club, Arvydas Sabonis, suffered a torn achilles tendon. Three months he tore it again, causing him to miss most of the 1987–88 season; that season, Žalgiris won a silver medal. The next season, Sabonis came back, the club managed to reach European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals and win a silver medal in Soviet League, losing a dramatic finals to Stroitel Kiev. Just before the start of the 1989–90 season Žalgiris lost all of its leaders and half of its team: Sabonis, Jovaiša, Chomičius and head coach Garastas all left the club, free from the Iron Curtain that barred Lithuanian basketball talent from becoming internationals. In the 1989–90 season, Žalgiris reached the Clubs Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, where they lost to Real Madrid. After the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania, Žalgiris left the USSR championship.
Over the next few seasons, Žalgiris won Lithuanian championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993, as well as the LKF Cup in 1990. Žalgiris won the ProfBasket Cup tournament, featuring many former USSR teams, in 1992. They won their first LKL title in 1994. For Next two years, Žalgiris again dominated LKL tournaments, beating Atletas Kaunas 3–0 in 1995 and 3–2 in 1996, had success participating in the 1995–96 FIBA European Cup when Rimas Kurtinaitis returned to play for his home team. After finishing with a 9–3 record in the regular season, Žalgiris advanced to the semi-finals, but fell to PAOK in the two games series. In 1997, Žalgiris again won the LKL championship, beating Olimpas Žemaitija Plungė 3–0 in the finals, reached the round of 16 in the Saporta Cup, losing to Paris Basket Racing. Players like Darius Lukminas, Gintaras Einikis, Kęstutis Šeštokas, Dainius Adomaitis, Darius Maskoliūnas played for the club during this period, coached by Jonas Kazlaus
Lietuvos krepšinio lyga
Lietuvos krepšinio lyga is the premier professional men's club basketball league in Lithuania. It is composed of 10 teams, it is a member of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation; the best LKL clubs are annual participants of the top European-wide basketball competitions, including the top-tier level EuroLeague. On April 22, 1993, the Lietuvos krepšinio asociacija was founded, it was the first professional sports organisation in Lithuania. Lietuvos krepšinio lyga was built on the foundation of the LKA; the league's headquarters is located in Vilnius. The Lithuanian Basketball Association was founded on 22 April 1993, when eight of the strongest Lithuanian basketball clubs' officials met with representatives of the Šarūnas Marčiulionis basketball fund in Vilnius; the original eight teams were: Žalgiris Kaunas, Atletas Kaunas, Drobė Kaunas, Statyba Vilnius, Olimpas Plungė, BC Šilutė, Lietkabelis Panevėžys and Neptūnas Klaipėda. This association would soon be renamed to Lietuvos krepšinio lyga due to legal issues announcing their that would start in the upcoming fall.
By the end of spring, before the season started, the LKA and their new league accepted two more teams – Lavera Kaunas and NECA Kaunas. Following the 1993–94 season, the finalists of last season's LKAL, Sakalai Vilnius & BC Šiauliai joined the league, while Drobė Kaunas decided to withdraw due to financial difficulties; the 1994–95 season saw the league's foreign players emerge as star power, before they were more known to be role players. In the 1995–96 season the league continued to accept the champions of the LKAL to the league, Savy Alytus joined the league. Sharpshooter Joe Vickery became the first foreigner to lead the LKL in scoring for Olimpas. League officials would start pressuring teams to play in better arenas by setting up certain criteria that were necessary to get accepted into the league. That's why no more teams were accepted until 1998 when Olimpas Plungė went bankrupt and was replaced by BC Kraitienė based in Marijampolė; some of the strongest teams like Šilutė and Atletas faded away to the bottom of the league and left the league.
During this time period, the league had been dominated by Žalgiris. They won the league's championship trophy for six consecutive years, from 1994 through 1999, their main rival during those years was Atletas Kaunas led by Saulius Štombergas and a young Žydrūnas Ilgauskas acquired from Žalgiris' youth team. Ilgauskas was selected 20th overall in the 1996 NBA draft, making him the first NBA player coming straight from the LKL. In 1999 Žalgiris, led by Tyus Edney, became the first Lithuanian team to win the top European basketball competition, the EuroLeague title. In the 1999–2000 season, Lietuvos rytas shocked defending EuroLeague champions Žalgiris by ending their dominant run; that sparked most the biggest rivalry in Lithuanian sports, the competitiveness has brought over to politics and society between the two biggest cities in Lithuania. The next season, the Green got their revenge by beating Vilnius in the finals, but in 2002, Lietuvos rytas, led by Ramūnas Šiškauskas and Arvydas Macijauskas, once again defeated Žalgiris.
However, Žalgiris fought back the subsequent season. In 2002–2003 Žalgiris attracted its well-acclaimmed former players Mindaugas Timinskas, Saulius Štombergas, Gintaras Einikis, who led the team to the championship trophy by beating Lietuvos Rytas 4–2. In 2006, Lietuvos rytas joined Žalgiris in the strongest European basketball competition, the EuroLeague; that season the Reds, led by Robertas Javtokas, Simas Jasaitis, Fred House, beat Žalgiris 4–0. But from on Žalgiris started winning once again – two titles in a row. In 2007 finals the Greens have won 4–2 led by all-around international players. In total, it was the final with most international players on both squads: both teams have 5 players from abroad each; the year after Žalgiris added Marcus Brown, who, at that time, had the most points in the history of EuroLeague. As a result, Žalgiris managed to win the trophy by downing Lietuvos Rytas 4–1. Marcus Brown was named the MVP of the finals averaging 15.6 points per game. In 2008–2009, led by Chuck Eidson, Artūras Jomantas and Marijonas Petravičius, Lietuvos rytas stopped the Greens from a three-peat, beating Žalgiris 4–1.
In this final Lietuvos Rytas managed to beat Žalgiris by 42 points in game two, lost by 26 points in game three. The swing of 68 points is the highest in the finals history of Lithuanian Basketball League. In the 2009–10 season, Vilnius claimed first back to back title, beating Žalgiris 4–3. 2010–11 saw Žalgiris reclaim the title, beating Lietuvos rytas 4–1. In the finals of 2012 Žalgiris was the winner again, by sweeping Lietuvos Rytas 3–0, it was the first final for Žalgiris in the brand new Žalgiris Arena. In the 2012–2013 season, a much more powerful Žalgiris dominated the league and Lietuvos Rytas, winning the series 4–0. During game two Žalgiris allowed only 45 points - the lowest in the history of the finals of LKL. During the 2013–14 season, Žalgiris, despite having reached the EuroLeague Top 16 phase, struggled in the national league, finishing 4th in the regular season, while Lietuvos rytas finished 1st; that led to a semifinal between the two teams that played in the last 15 finals of the competition.
After winning a dramatic series 2–1 in Vilnius, Žalgiris continued their run of having appeared in all of the finals since the league's foundation. Neptūnas would beat Tonybet in the second semifinal and appeared in their first LKL finals of club history. Though Žalgiris saw their three-peat after winning the series 4–2; this was the first LKL champions trophy for Šarūnas Jasikevičius who came back to his hometown team for the last season of his c
The 1995 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 1995, was the 29th FIBA EuroBasket basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which served as Europe qualifier for the 1996 Summer Olympics, giving a berth to each of the top four teams in the final standings. It was held in Greece between 21 June and 2 July 1995. Fourteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the city of Athens hosted the tournament. FR Yugoslavia won its sixth FIBA European title by defeating Lithuania with a 96–90 score in the final. Lithuania's Šarūnas Marčiulionis was voted the tournament's MVP; this edition of the FIBA EuroBasket tournament saw the successful return of the Lithuania national basketball team to the tournament, since its last triumph in 1939. The tournament's official anthem was "Wings of Tomorrow" by Finnish band Stratovarius. All games were played at the O. A. C. A. Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens; the teams were split in two groups of seven teams each.
The top four teams from each group advance to the knockout quarterfinals. The winners in the semifinals compete for the European Championship, while the losers from the semifinals play a consolation game for the third place; the losers in the quarterfinals compete in a separate bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings. Times given below are in Eastern European Summer Time. One of the most intense matches in Eurobasket history, the finals match-up between Yugoslavia and Lithuania on Sunday, 2 July 1995 ended in scandal. Played in the boiling atmosphere of the Athens' OAKA, more than 20,000 people filled up the arena, most of them local Greeks vociferously cheering for Lithuania, or more cheering against Yugoslavia because it eliminated Greece in the semifinals. From the start, the two teams matched up evenly, as Lithuania's Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Arvydas Sabonis and Yugoslavia's Aleksandar Đorđević and Predrag Danilović exchanged points. At halftime, the Lithuanians were ahead by a point, 49–48.
Vlade Divac got a technical foul early in first half. In second half, an American referee George Toliver signaled Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis for a technical foul, which led to Lithuanian protestations. After a few more fouls signaled by the referee, one offensive and one technical against Lithuania, the Lithuanian team refused to return to the court after timeout. After a few minutes, Aleksandar Đorđević, the leading scorer with 41 points, tried to convince Marčiulionis to continue playing; the persuasions were successful, five Lithuanians returned to the court. Yugoslavia was leading 93–89 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Players Arvydas Sabonis and Rimas Kurtinaitis could not return to the court, as they fouled out before the Lithuanian refusal to play, and although the Lithuanian team tried their hardest to catch up with the Yugoslavian team, they lost 96–90. After the Yugoslavs' victory, the Greek crowd that cheered against Yugoslavia throughout the final further showed their displeasure during the winners ceremony by chanting "Lithuania is the champion!".
Furthermore, there was controversy during the medal ceremony as right before the winning Yugoslav team were about to receive their gold medals, the third-placed Croatian team, in an unprecedented move, stepped down from the medal podium and walked off the court due the ongoing war between the two countries. 1995 European Championship for Men, FIBA.com
Raimondas Šarūnas Marčiulionis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player. Considered as one of the greatest international players, he was one of the first Europeans to become a regular in the National Basketball Association. On August 8, 2014, Marčiulionis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. In the 1988 Summer Olympics, together with teammate Arvydas Sabonis, Marčiulionis led the senior USSR national team to the gold medal. With the senior Lithuanian national team, he won two Summer Olympics bronze medals, in 1992 and 1996, he was an All-Tournament Team member, the top scorer, the MVP of the EuroBasket 1995, he was elected to the All-EuroBasket Team in 1987. Marčiulionis is credited with bringing the Euro step move to the NBA. Marčiulionis was the second son of Laimutė, a geography teacher, Juozas, an engineer. Given that Laimutė aggravated her spinal injury, while giving birth to his sister Zita, her determination in having a son led to the middle name Šarūnas, invoking a legendary knight from Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius's works.
Growing up in Kaunas, Marčiulionis took up tennis while growing up, being an ambidextrous player, focused on forehands. Given his unorthodox technique, an bulky frame, he gave up on the sport. At the age of 13, following a hospitalization, caused by makeshift explosives, Marčiulionis changed to the sport of basketball. In the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, he and his friends had to build their own outdoor basketball court on a parking lot; as he moved to Vilnius, to study journalism at Vilnius State University of Vincas Kapsukas, try out for the Soviet junior national team, all Marčiulionis' parents could provide him was, "one bag containing a small amount of clothes, another full of apples.” While Marčiulionis attended college, he played basketball, but he attracted a scout from Statyba, of the USSR Premier League, in 1981. He would play with Statyba, in the USSR League, from 1981 to 1989. During a 1985 game against Athletes in Action, in Vilnius, Marčiulionis struck a friendship with one of the opponent players, Donnie Nelson, despite the language barrier.
Nelson's father, Don Nelson would be the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, what he said about Marčiulionis' skills led the Warriors to draft him, in the 6th round of the 1987 NBA draft. Stan Kasten and general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, managed to void the pick, by showing Marčiulionis was age 23, one year older than the age the draft rules limited for European players; the Hawks pursued Marčiulionis using then-owner Ted Turner's connections with the Soviet Union, inviting him and other Soviet players to their training camp, arranging for Hawks-USSR matches in Moscow, in 1988. While Marčiulionis signed a contract with Atlanta, the day after he won the gold medal in Seoul, the team wound up not submitting it to the National Basketball Association's offices, as the Soviets said they would not permit the player to leave. Nelson's influence helped Marčiulionis with his social projects in Vilnius, led him to remain with the Warriors, with whom he signed a three-year $3.8 million contract, in 1989.
Marčiulionis became the first Soviet player to join the North American league, played four years with the Warriors, finishing as the runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1992. Marčiulionis became one of the first Europeans to get significant playing time in the NBA, helping to lead the way for the internationalization of the league in the late 1990s. After missing a year-and-a-half with a leg injury, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, in 1994 traded to the Sacramento Kings, in 1995, he finished his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, in the 1996–97 season. In 1982 and 1983, Marčiulionis played sparingly with the Soviet juniors, he won a silver medal at the 1983 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, in Spain. Marčiulionis was the last man cut from the senior Soviet Union national basketball team training camps, until he got his chance with the senior team in 1987, having a breakout performance, while winning a silver medal at the EuroBasket 1987. Marčiulionis would be one of the standout players, as the Soviets won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Following the restoration of Lithuanian independence, in 1990, Marčiulionis single-handed resurrected the senior Lithuanian national team. He contacted prospective players, encouraged several to join, selected the uniforms, negotiated a shoe deal, arranged for sponsorships, along with friend Donnie Nelson. Sponsor deals struck by him included Bank of America and the rock band Grateful Dead, who were interested in supporting Lithuania, after reading a story on Marčiulionis and the national team, in the San Francisco Chronicle; the Grateful Dead helped launch a line of tie-dyed jerseys, that would feature Lithuania's national colors, along with a slam dunking skeleton, created by New York artist Greg Speirs. Speirs became a major sponsor, when he donated 100% of his profits from his design, to fund the team, to Lithuanian children's charities, amounting to at least $450,000; the team went on to win a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Marčiulionis was again a bronze medalist with Lithuania, at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
In 1995, he was named the MVP of the 1995 FIBA EuroBasket, after leading Lithuania to a silver medal in the tournament. In 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, he was voted the best sportsman in Lithuania. With language barriers, Marčiulionis was a devoted teammate, active in the communities he played in. In 1987, he helped a Panevėžys man get an artificial