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Mindaugas Lukauskis' Blog in BasketMe (english version)


Hello basketball fans, This time I am going to speak about the preparations for Euro Cup, BBL and LKL.

I will start from Euro Cup, our team was preparing for the final 8 of the tournament for a long time, we had a camp in a small town where excellent training conditions for sportsmen are provided, our team is often taken there so that we can rest from the big city, i.e. the capital Vilnius, nobody disturbs, nothing to do, so you are concentrated towards working and resting. As you know, nobody regarded us as favorites for the Euro Cup final8 which added even more motivation because probably it’s only us and our closest people who believed that we could get good results, we started preparing only for the game with Benetton (Treviso) since we knew how important the game was: if we lose, we would have gone home but nobody wanted that. By the way, I will tell you a secret, first night after arriving to Turin I had a dream that we won the cup and I told about the dream to my room-mate and wife, well, in the dream we were playing against Pamesa (Valencia), I like this team, my friend Nielsen play there by the way and my ex-coach Neven Spahija is there now.

The time showed that the dream was true but the team was different. So next about the final8, we desperately wanted to win and prove that there are no favourites in such final8 tournaments and all opponents need to be respected. What cannot be said about Russian teams were walking arrogantly around the hotel like already with the Euro Cup in their hands, I played against many of them while with national team and they always said hello but this was not the case in Turin, all of them were walking high and mighty and did not respect us but we knew what we were trying to achieve and what was our goal in this final8 tournament and such a behavior gave us even more motivation, I am very happy that our team won such a great trophy and the place in Euroleague, I think our team deserved that, we showed that it is not money that play but it is people who are more hungry for victories and who give all their hearts and efforts on the field. I am proud of my team.

Three days after the tournament we had a game with Zalgiris, it was the last game of the LKL which determined who was going to win the first place in the table and get the home team advantage (PS. That’s my comment Alejandro: “home team advantage in play-off stage”) We lost the game because the coach did not play a few of leading players. Since final8 required so much efforts, so we needed to rest and avoid injuries because BBL final 4 was approaching, we started preparations for the BBL final 4 in our favorite small town where we restored muscle strength and prepared for BBL final 4, it also went well for us and we became champions J so there is only one final left - LKL , which we already started, by the way, once again before the final we had the camp in Druskininkai (that is the name of this small town) where we put a lot of efforts and got ready for the battle for the last title this year. I am proud of my team and believe that we will win the title.

This is my last year because the contract with Lietuvos Rytas ends, for now I have no plans because I am concentrated towards the LKL final series. When it finishes, then I will think about the future. I really want to end the season with last and very important title – LKL champion.



MINDAUGAS LUKAUSKIS


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