Sarunas Jasikevicius has announced that he will not be playing for Lithuania at this summer’s Eurobasket in Slovenia.
He announced the decision to members of the media present in London during the Euroleague Final Four, stating that he wanted to be closer to his family during this summer after competing at the 2011 Eurobasket in Lithuania as well as playing at last summer’s Olympic Games.
“It would be too difficult,” Jasikevicius told website basketnews.lt on Sunday night in London. “I need to think of my family, because they spent the entire last two summers without me, I need to take a break.”
Despite not suiting up for the national team this summer, the 37-year-old, who won the gold medal at Eurobasket 2003 is confident that he still has one or two good seasons left in him.
“For sure [I have] one maybe two more years left,” he said during a media session in London.
“I feel good, it’s been a good year. I’ve been able to get a lot of rest in the early parts of the season and now I’m playing a lot more, I feel good.”
Lithuania will play their opening Group B round games in Jesenice against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Latvia.