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Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part oral history examining the NBA's international takeover. Check back Thursday for the stories of Dirk, Giannis, Kristaps and more.
I remember talking to Sarunas's sister. She told me that he had won some big tennis title in Lithuania, but he had done it by hitting nothing but forehands. He's a lefty, but he would switch the racket over and hit righthanded forehands instead of backhands. That's emblematic of not just the way he played, but his whole personality.
I was playing for Athletes in Action. It was a Christian basketball team, a goodwill team that went all over the world. We had gone behind the Iron Curtain. At the time, Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union. I think I held Sarunas to about 40 points. After the game the two teams went to dinner. There was somebody on their side who spoke English. And after a guy torches you, there's a certain bond. So through a third guy, we developed a little relationship.
We weren't really able to talk. You know, the language barrier. It was more like dog language. Like how dogs can understand humans, but can't speak. But I liked when people were smiling and excited, paying attention.
That commercial, that show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I think that's not true. The last couple months, I didn't see the sun. Except for L.A., maybe San Francisco. I like Philly, but I'm from a very sunny part of Croatia, so the weather, it could be better.
I worked with Houston and was with Luis Scola. The basketball was easy for him. But the lifestyle: you drive your car, you park basically next to the private plane, you don't need to take your bag, all the luxury. He just told me, “I am never going back to Europe.”
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