Credit: Erikas Ovčarenko/BNS
Credit Erikas Ovčarenko/BNS

The Lithuanian national team can already prepare for the upcoming EuroBasket at full capacity.

Jonas Valančiūnas

Jonas  Valančiūnas
Position: C
Age: 30
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 116 kg
Birth place: Utena, Lithuania

Saturday photos have been released in which the country's best basketball players Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis are already practicing with the national team.

Both NBA towers have been unable to practice with the team since the start of camp due to restrictions from the NBA.

All 16 candidates are now with the national team. Valanciunas, Sabonis, Ignas Brazdeikis, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas did not play in the first preparation game against Estonia, which Lithuania won 84-70.

After the match against Estonians, national team coach Kazys Maksvytis said that on August 7 Ignas Brazdeikis will already play, while the situation of the two NBA players will still be assessed.

"There will be changes," said Maksvytis. "It will definitely be Ignas Brazdeikis. We will see the condition of our big men tomorrow. How they play with contact, how they play five-on-five. There will be minimal changes," Maksvytis added.

The Lithuanian national team will play six more preparation games. On August 24 and 27  the Lithuanian NT will participate in the qualifying matches of the FIBA World Championship. The EuroBasket 2022 starts on September 1.

Player Club
Arnas Butkevicius Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Domantas Sabonis Sacramento Kings (NBA)
Donatas Tarolis CSM Crisana Oradea (Romania)
Eigirdas Zukauskas Wolves Vilnius (Lithuania)
Gytis Masiulis Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania)
Ignas Brazdeikis Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Jonas Valanciunas New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
Kristupas Zemaitis Wolves Vilnius (Lithuania)
Laurynas Birutis Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Lukas Lekavicius Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Marius Grigonis Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (Greece)
Martynas Echodas Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania)
Mindaugas Kuzminskas Free agent
Rokas Giedraitis Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
Rokas Jokubaitis FC Barcelona (Spain)
Tomas Dimsa Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

Lithuanian NT preparation games schedule: 

August 4 Lithuania Estonia 20:30 CET
August 7 Lithuania Estonia 20:30 CET
August 10 Lithuania Finland 20:30 CET
August 11 Lithuania Finland 20:30 CET
August 16 Spain Lithuania 21:30 CET
August 18 Lithuania Spain 20:30 CET
August 19 Lithuania The Netherlands 20:30 CET

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