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Osvaldas Karauskas: Participation in the VTB United League – impetus for the development of the club. Our website starts to present debutantes of the VTB United League. First in line –

Osvaldas Karauskas:
Participation in the VTB United League – impetus for the development of the club.

Our website starts to present debutantes of the VTB United League. First in line – Lithuanian Neptunas from Klaipeda. general manager Osvaldas Karauskas talked about acquisition and ambitions of the team, noted the importance of participation of the League, and also expressed confidence in the great interest of the fans to Neptunas.

– Tell us a little about the team, which this year will try on the role of the League debut.
– We have a team with a great tradition. Neptunas was founded in 1964 and then took part in all of the Lithuanian Basketball League championship. We raised a lot of famous basketball players who later played for various national teams. Every year we think about how to get better, and put the team the highest goal.

– How important is it for Neptunas to play in VTB United League?
– We are very pleased with that possibility. This is a real impetus for the development of our club and the city. Now we are able to obtain additional financing and to sign new players. Its will be Lithuanian players, who act for the best clubs of the country. We also plan to sign good foreign players.

Also we have an excellent arena for six thousand people, which was built specially for the EuroBasket. Be sure each match, it will be filled to capacity. Basketball in Lithuania is a religion.

– Which players will be placed in the rate of acquisition team?
– First of all, we are interested in experienced Lithuanian players. Of course, the team is sure to be several promising young players from the youth team, but we are going to rely on mature players and veterans. As usual we try to find center and point guard – the key positions in basketball.

– What about the results of the draw for your club?
– I think we are very fortunate to travel. We will have three away games in Moscow, and will play in Minsk, with the WEF in Latvia and to Zalgiris in Kaunas. All of these meetings should get very interesting. And there is no weak teams in the VTB United League.

– What the result will be a success for the Neptunas this season?
– We are rookies, so the main thing – do not quit out of the League. Also we want to impress. Like Nymburk who beat CSKA Moscow last year. Neptunas is also ready to fight in every match.

– At the moment, what is your team's strengths and what is the weakness?
– We are strong because we have good Lithuanian players. They are the heart and soul of the team. These guys don't need extra motivation. Also, our advantage is that the opponent does not know what to expect from us – especially on the home court. Our drawback is the lack of experience playing in tournaments at this level.

– In this season you have the new coach. What do you expect from Kazis Maksvitis?
– This is a promising young coach, who also leads the youth team in Lithuania. He is only 35, but he was very ably led his teams to easily find and approach each player. Up to 22 July it will be in Slovenia on the European Youth Championship, so training is being held without him. But I'm sure Kazis quickly come up to date and help us.

– In Neptunase began their careers of such famous players as Eureliyus Zukauskas and Arvydas Macijauskas. Is it there any players who can grow into a star of this magnitude?
– We have talented players. For example, Martynas Mazeyka, the team captain who played in the strongest clubs in Europe. Marius Runkauskasa ilso a great player. Both of these players will be the leaders Neptunas this season.

– In Russia every team wants to beat CSKA. Neptunas want to beat Zalgiris, isn't it?
– Yes it's a rival. When Zalgiris or Lietuvos Rytas coming nobody should be further adjusted. The players themselves are flying across the site – they want to impress. And the fans at these games became the sixth player.

– Does VTB United League remind you of those days when Zalgiris and other Lithuanian clubs played with Moscow CSKA and Leningrad Spartak?
– Of course, I always think about it. And with the development of the League of impression is only strengthened. Now we have the opportunity to play with strong opponents, and you can see all the matches on television. This is an absolute success of the VTB United League managers.