Kestutis Kemzura officially signed 3-year contract with Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) to become a head coach of Lithuanian national team. 39-year-old coach will also be in charge of team during Eurobasket 2011 which will be held in Lithuania. Expectations will be high but Kemzura said that if he did not believe in himself he wouldn't have taken the job.
Lithuanian national team could have a new coach by as early as November 5 after Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) voted to offer the job to Kestutis Kemzura. That date is the deadline for a 39-year-old coach to make a final decision whether to accept the offer or not. Though there's little doubt about the outcome of negotiations since Kemzura already left Latvian national team to compete for Lithuanian national team head coach position.
The criteria for the wild cards set FIBA might be not the only factor to decide which countries are given the opportunity to play in World Championship next year. Vladas Garastas, LKF president, told to lrytas.lt that FIBA unofficially revealed that they are willing to give wild cards to those countries that are prepared to pay for them.
Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) president Vladas Garastas told to lrytas.lt that the original plan to wait until March before the new coach is appointed has changed. Garastas declared that during the next LKF board meeting (October 21) he will propose three coaches as potential candidates to coach Lithuanian national team. This list includes arguably the best Lithuanian coaches at the moment.
Bogdan Tanjevic, Head Coach of Turkey in the recent Eurobasket, talked about how FIBA should change some things in the organisational system of major basketball events like the World and European Championships.
After two fruitful years of collaboration, which led to the country's biggest success, the ninth spot in Eurobasket 2009, Head Coach Jovica Arsic and the FYROM Basketball Federation decided not to continue together.
The Italian Basketball Federation Council met in Rome yesterday to discuss many matters concerning Italian basketball. Amongst others it was decided that the Federation will not apply for a wildcard for the World Championship 2010 in Turkey, since the chances were already slim.
The board of Latvian Basketball Federation (LBS) gathered today in order to evaluate the performance of the national team. Despite the fact that, what was thought to be the best Latvian squad in history, failed to progress to the second, head coach Kestutis Kemzura was offered a contract extension. Lithuanian coach must decide about his future till October 15th.
Not many things changed in the top of the FIBA World Rankings after the Eurobasket. Both Spain and Greece gained 20 points and remained at positions 3 and 4 respectively, just behind Argentina and USA that top the list.