“Zalgiris” training – a group of young people

Next week, the basketball players of Kaunas “Žalgiris” will have their first control match, and the composition of the team will only partially resemble the one that will fight at the start of the season.

A considerable number of basketball players of the main team of “Žalgiris” are currently away with the national teams of their countries – some of them will join the team at the end of August or the beginning of September, and others only after the end of the European Basketball Championship.

Karolis Lukošiūnas, Mantas Kalnietis, Keenan Evans, Edgaras Ulanovs, Kevarrius Hayes, Laurynas Birutis and Motiejus Krivas are currently sweating in the team’s training. Dovydas Giedraitis, who is recovering from ankle surgery, is observing the work from abroad, and Tomas Dimša, who recently left the Lithuanian national team camp, will join his teammates on Sunday.

True, the team leader there is no shortage of people in the training sessions led by the assistants of coach Kazis Maksvytis – the free places are filled by the basketball players of the Kaunas “Žalgiris” youth team.

He joined the training of the main team and will wait for his chances in the control match, who trained with the main team last year Lutauras Lelevičius and other members of the “Žalgiris-2” team – Kajus Kublickas, Dovydas Butka, Neds Montvila and Gytis Nemeikša.

“We are constantly watching our youth, talking to the backup coaches, and now will be a great opportunity to see them even closer.” These are talented guys, you can see from their eyes a great desire to work and show themselves. All basketball players playing in the system must know that they will get their chance,” said Gintaras Krapikas, who is currently leading the training.

“It will be very interesting to test your strength with the basketball players of the main team, to see what you are worth and where you still need to improve. The summer was intense and quite successful, so I will join when I’m already in good shape and I believe that we won’t spoil the image with the other doubles”, said Dovydas Butka, who won silver at the European Championship with the Lithuanian 20-year-old national team.

The next control match of “Žalgiris” to be held in Lithuania will be broadcast live on the “Žalgiris Insider” content platform for subscribers of the MVP plan.

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