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  Sunday, November 14, 2004

Andriuskevicius: I´d like to develop into a center
By Luis Fernández

Martynas href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius, href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> promising href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> spoken href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Arijus href=/profile//> Zakas href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> newspaper href=/profile//> Respublika.

With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> invaluable href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> friend, href=/profile//> Ramunas href=/profile//> Klimavicius href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> translating href=/profile//> purposes, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> bring href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> excerpts href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> interview.

Q: href=/profile//> Aren't href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> afraid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> promising href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> live href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> expectations? href=/profile//>


A: href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> satisfied href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> young, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fiercest href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> LKL href=/profile//> [Lithuanian href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> league] href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> expecting href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> started. href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> thinking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> yet, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> glad href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Sireika href=/profile//> trusted href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Maccabi.

Q: href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> declared href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Did href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world?


A: href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> try. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> pulled href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> later. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> understood href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> Why href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> it? href=/profile//> When href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> declared href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> knew href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> attention, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> watch href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> play.

Q: href=/profile//> Are href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> thinking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> studying href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> USA?


A: href=/profile//> No, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> haven't href=/profile//> thought href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> things. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Lithuania href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> Lithuanian. href=/profile//> There's href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> reason href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA: href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> there's href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> there.

Q: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA?


A: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> test href=/profile//> myself href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> there.

I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> strongest href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> world href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> day. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> Olympic href=/profile//> Games href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sign href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> trend, href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> defeated href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> once. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> yet, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> concentrate href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season.

Q: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> you? href=/profile//> Maybe href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> concrete href=/profile//> offers?


A: href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> possible. href=/profile//> When href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> receive href=/profile//> attention, href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> acting href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> you, href=/profile//> smiling. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> injured, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> communication href=/profile//> breaks href=/profile//> down. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> offered href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> particular, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> talk href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> agents, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> ask href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> now.

Q: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> remember href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> practices?


A: href=/profile//> From href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> knew href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> My href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> found href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> school. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> remember href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> taller href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> contemporaries href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> practicing href=/profile//> seriously href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> age href=/profile//> 9. href=/profile//> Wasn't href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> baffled href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> height? href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> worry href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> made. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> know href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> reason href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> am href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> tall, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> parents href=/profile//> aren't href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> tall href=/profile//> people.

Q: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> practice href=/profile//> individually?


A: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> practice href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> tells href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop. href=/profile//> Before href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> Ainars href=/profile//> Bagatskis href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> stayed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> me. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pity href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> injured href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//> Besides, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> program href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weight href=/profile//> lifting href=/profile//> gym. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> practice href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Arvydas href=/profile//> Sabonis href=/profile//> recently. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> form href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fight.

Q: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> achieved href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> life?


A: href=/profile//> Definitely href=/profile//> not. href=/profile//> When href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> career. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> I've href=/profile//> achieved. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> victories href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sportsman href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Your href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> titles, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> medals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Olympics, href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> NT href=/profile//> championships href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> bigger href=/profile//> achievement.

I href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> state href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> me, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> answer href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> call.

Q: href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> basketball?


A: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> everything. href=/profile//> Maybe href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> exciting href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> dunking href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> block. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> pleasant href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> three. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> myself href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> center, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> strength. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> centers href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> stronger href=/profile//> physically href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fight href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> yet. href=/profile//> That's href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> spend href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> now.

Q: href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> care href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> personal href=/profile//> statistics?


A: href=/profile//> (Laughs). href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> rarely href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> mostly href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> statistics href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> distributed href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> then. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> rarely href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> sheet href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> paper. href=/profile//> Frankly, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> care href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> feeling href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them.

Q: href=/profile//> Usually href=/profile//> tall href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> fast. href=/profile//> Aren't href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> afraid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> speed?


A: href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> doubts href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> gain href=/profile//> weight, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> slower. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> actually, href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> depends href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> myself. href=/profile//> Besides, href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Aleksandras href=/profile//> Kosauskas href=/profile//> (highly href=/profile//> rated href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> NT) href=/profile//> wouldn't href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> Even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> weight href=/profile//> lifting href=/profile//> gym href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> strength, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> quickness.

 
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