By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Tuesday’s game between Zalgiris Kaunas and Fenerbahce Beko will be special for the Lithuanian team and Jonas Kazlauskas. Zalgiris announced that during the halftime of the EuroLeague Playoffs contest, the 64-year-old coach will have his jersey raised to the rafters of Zalgirio Arena.
Nothing random on the date picked for this honor as Game 3 of the best-of-five series is scheduled the day after the 20th anniversary of the 1999 EuroLeague championship. On April 22nd of 1999, Zalgiris beat Virtus Bologna, 82-74 and to secure its lone EuroLeague title.
Eurelijus Zukauskas, Mindaugas Zukauskas, Tomas Masiulis, Dainius Adomaitis, Darius Maskoljunas, Saulius Stombergas, Kestutis Sestokas, Giedrius Gustas, Jiri Zidek will all be there. However, their American teammates Tyus Edney and Anthony Bowie won’t be able to travel to Lithuania.