Kaunas “Zalgiris” team is making plans for the preparation for the new season. Next week, Žalgiris will gather for the first team training.
The fitness and training hall of the “Zalgiris” arena was not empty all summer, but the Kaunas will gather for the first joint training session on August 24.
It is true that almost half of the team will be missing in the first practice. The head coach Kazys Maksvytis and his assistant Evaldus Beržininkaitis work in the Lithuanian national team, where Lukas Lekavičius, Ignas Brazdeikis, Arnas Butkevičius and Tomas Dimša are preparing for the European Championship in September.
Tyler Cavanaugh and Rolandas Šmitas will also represent their national teams, who will arrive in Kaunas in 2 weeks.
The other two legionnaires – Keenan Evans and Kevarrius Hayes will arrive in Lithuania in a few days. On Monday, they will undergo medical examinations, and the next day, all Žalgiris players in Kaunas will sweat in physical training tests.
The schedule of friendly matches is becoming clear little by little. He can still adjust, but it is clear that in the middle of September, the Žalgiris players will go to Malaga, where they will organize a week-long training camp and take part in a friendly tournament.
September 12 Kaunas will meet Unicaja of Malaga, and on September 13. – with Real Madrid basketball players. It is likely that “Žalgiris” will play another control match against one of the local teams in Spain.
Before that, two matches should also be played in Kaunas. The teams of Lublin “Polski Cukier” (Poland) and Rostock “Seawolves” (Germany) are expected here.
After the end of the European Basketball Championship and before the start of the “Betsafe-LKL” championship, the Žalgiris players will test their strength against the Alytus “Wolves” and Riga VEF teams in Kaunas.