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Basketball : Alba Berlin, and his preference for Lithuanians

It's not handed down, whether Rokas Giedraitis from all his team-mates during the Basketball Bundesliga team Alba Berlin is so called, but captain Niels Giffey call him "Stoneface". To have a petrified expression, is rarely a compliment. In the case of Alba Berlin but you have learned your "Stoneface" after a few months to love and appreciate. Because on Giedraitis’ face flits but quite often a sly Smile. On the other, because the 26-Year-old Alba's has exceeded expectations so far. The new arrival is the most consistent player of the Berliner in the still-young season. "A hit," says Alba's Manager Marco Baldi. That's why a lot of hopes on Giedraitis rest on Wednesday. The Berlin meeting in their last Eurocup preliminary round game at the group of first Krasnodar from Russia (20.15 clock in the Arena at the Ostbahnhof and live in "Telekom sports"). The first leg had won, the Berlin, with a success in Alba would finish top of the group.

Giedraitis is with 15.3 points per game, the ninth-best Scorer in the Basketball League. Each second of his Three-point landing throws in the basket. These are great Figures, and yet they do not betray the essence of the player. "He has an incredible energy," said Giffey. And also Baldi like to Giedraitis, especially, "the Boy is burning".

in fact, Giedraitis’ most immovable facial features are in strict contrast to the explosiveness of his legs and arms on the field. The winger has pace and his greed, to always want the Ball. Giedraitis out, so again and again, his throws from distance fire. The Alba Fans to look Giedraitis but also happy, because he's Dunking has a preference for the so-called Alley-oop, so the source prefers to high in the air, picks up and from there the Ball directly into the basket, stuffs. By the way, it is a pity, in the defensive behavior of the opponent on the feet.

Giedraitis has a classic Lithuanian athlete biography

The energy and physique to him by his predecessor on the Position in the case of Alba, the country man Marius Grigonis. The was otherwise similar to unmoving in the facial Expressions and important for the game of the Berlin as Giedraitis. After only one season, but it moved Grigonis back to his home to Kaunas. It would have kept him Manager Baldi. So he had to look around together with his sports Director Himar Ojeda for a replacement for one of his most important players. This is likely to be for both the king's discipline in terms of this season. Since it had worked with the rest Lithuanians Grigonis so good, they picked up the next from the blow and landed the said hit. "We are prepared this season a little more creative than in the past. As Rokas fit in with his energetic game of wonderfully,“ says Baldi.

Interviews with Giedraitis can be a bit of a challenge. He is a man of few words. Questions he already answered once in three sets. And the third set is often a "that's it" – "is". Anyway, so told Giedraitis it, he had a conversation prior to his Engagement in Berlin in more detail with its predecessor, Grigonis about Alba. The result of the entertainment culminated in a contractual relationship.

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It is no coincidence that the two come from Lithuania. Now the country has less inhabitants than Berlin, but a very large part of it has the particular Basketball in the head. The sport has a significant history in Lithuania. To were the days of the Soviet Union, the duels between Zalgiris Kaunas and the army sports club CSKA Moscow, sporting events. The country has this enchanting hotel many Stars, NBA players, such as Arvydas Sabonis or Zydrunas Ilgaukas. Everywhere in the Land of basketball, hanging baskets, there are more than 60 basketball schools. So Giedraitis has a classic Lithuanian athlete biography. His father was a very good and passionate basketball player who is today in Lithuania, as a Trainer. "Basketball was ubiquitous when I was a kid," says Giedraitis. "That's it."

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