Sarunas Jasikevičius, one of the most decorated players in European basketball history has formally announced his retirement.
It feels like Saras has been a veteran for ages and that’s probably because he has been. At 38 he’s finally hanging up his kicks to work as an assistant coach with Zalgiris Kaunas, with whom he won the Lithuanian title this past season, in the LKL and Euroleague.
The roll of honour for Jasikevičius is unreal. Mr Europa and EuroBasket MVP in 2003, when he and the Lithuanian national team took the title, 4 Euroleague titles which were all triple-crown years for him, twice All-Euroleague, twice All-Europe Player of the year, 9 national league titles across Greece, Israel, Lithuania, Spain, and Turkey, 10 national cup titles across Greece, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey, Finals MVP honours for Euroleague, ACB, and the Greek Cup, not to mention being named Lithuania sportsman of the year for 2003. Oh and he also managed to fit in a couple of seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors, won Olympic bronze in 2000, was named in the Euroleague 50 greatest contributors, and the Euroleague all-decade team.
TL;DR – Saras won an awful lot.
All the best to Saras, it’s been a hell of career.
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