Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sarunas Jasikevicius Retires

Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) has retired at age 38, after a long career in the NBA and Europe. He will now continue his career as a coach in his native Lithuania.

Fansided: Sarunas Jasikevicius Retires
Sarunas Jasikevicius, an international basketball legend and former Pacer, is retiring from playing at 38 years old, according to @LithuaniaBasket. He will continue to be around basketball, however, joining the coaching staff for Zalgiris, a professional team in his home nation, Lithuania, that has won the past four league titles. [...]

He won three straight Euroleague championships from 2003 to 2005, the first two with Spain’s FC Barcelona and the third with Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv.

This came just a few years after he led the Lithuania national team to a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.[...]

Though he couldn’t make anything of himself in the NBA, he further proved that his early-career success wasn’t a fluke when he led Greece’s Panathinaikos to another Euroleauge championship and three Greek league titles. He is the only player in history to win a title with three different teams, and Jasikevicius seems like he may be headed to the Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Jasikevicius was always one of my favorite players to cover on this blog, and because of covering him here, I have the special skill of being able to spell his name without looking it up. Good luck coaching, Sarunas!