Donatas Motiejunas and his national team
Donatas Motiejunas, near misses are not something everyone expected when he joined at Euro Basket in 2013. He and his national team suffered losses in two last games. Two years ago, in Slovenia, Lithuania national team reached the Euro Basket finals, but they lost from Les Bleus. Their success in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, wasn’t much better either! They fell in the semi-final from the US. The Lithuanian national team lost from French in the third-place game, 95-93.
Now, the Lithuanian national team is in training camp, preparing for the next Euro Basket. Motiejunas, announced that their team played well in the last international competitions, but they fail to reach the title because some minor problems! They were frustrated for not winning a title in last two championships, and now, they are certain that this year will be successful! The biggest dream for 24 years old Motiejunas is to win a title with his country!
Their last success was in 2003 Euro Basket. When they overcame France, 74-70 in the semifinals and beat Spain 93-84 in the finals!
This year, Lithuania will play in Group D, against: Latvia, Ukraine, Belgium, Estonia and the Czech Republic. As you can see, this is not the toughest group in the competition, but it isn’t the easiest as well. According to the national team, they will play at their best levels. They even say that they will have a lot of fans from their country. This is good, because if they have more fans, can give them a better motivation!