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  Saturday, April 9, 2005

Coach Antanas Sireika on Martynas Andriuskevicius
By Luis Fernández

Many href=/profile//> thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Almantas href=/profile//> Kiveris href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> translation.

With href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> participation href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> Antanas href=/profile//> Sireika, href=/profile//> talked href=/profile//> indepth href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> newspaper href=/profile//> Kauno href=/profile//> diena href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far. href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> subjects href=/profile//> Sireika href=/profile//> spoke href=/profile//> about.

Of href=/profile//> course, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> issue href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Martynas's href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.

"Talking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius, href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> practices; href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> helper, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> beats href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> easily. href=/profile//> So, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> notice href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> benching href=/profile//> Tanoka href=/profile//> Beard href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> letting href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> play, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> discouraged. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> flattering href=/profile//> Beard, href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> frustrated. href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> center."

Arvydas href=/profile//> Sabonis href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> long, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> affected href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> levels, href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius href=/profile//> included. href=/profile//>

"According href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> plans href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> thought href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> Sabonis href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> joining href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> PF. href=/profile//> Our href=/profile//> thought href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> Nowitzki."

Zalgiris href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> suffering href=/profile//> injuries href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> long, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> campaign, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> contrary href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> thought, href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Sireika href=/profile//> thinks href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> circumstance href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Martynas.

"The href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> development href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> practices, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> before, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> injuries, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> practices."

Sireika href=/profile//> goes href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> Sabonis href=/profile//> absence.

"If href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> alongside href=/profile//> Sabonis, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> quickness href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> moves href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> failed href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Old href=/profile//> Man href=/profile//> [Sabonis] href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> correct href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> mistakes; href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> (keeping href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> mind href=/profile//> Sabonis's href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> skills). href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> situation href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> more. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> said, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> center."

He href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> doubt href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius' href=/profile//> effectiveness href=/profile//> (or href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> of) href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> competition.

"He href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> opponents href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> punish href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> back. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> haven't href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> oppurtunity href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fit href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> somewhere. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> we, href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> managers, href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> ourselves; href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> all, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> school href=/profile//> named href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Sabonis."

Again href=/profile//> Sabonis href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Sireika's href=/profile//> mind, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> mentions href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> pearl.

"I'm href=/profile//> sure href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Sabas href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Vilmantas href=/profile//> Dilys href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> skills."

The href=/profile//> interview href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> enlightening href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius' href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> situation. href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> wonder href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> too, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> answer. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague.

We href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> mistake href=/profile//> (development-wise) href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> declaring href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> remaining href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> (as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> recently href=/profile//> stated href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Italy) href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA. href=/profile//> Let's href=/profile//> hope href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> thinks href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> twice.

 
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