Lhe continuity of Rokas Giedratis at Baskonia did not reach the category of “soap opera”, but it did become one of the most frequent topics of conversation among the Baskonia fans throughout this summer. Despite having a couple of offers from the United States, the possibility of the Lithuanian forward exercising his escape clause to the NBA did not finally materialize and Giedraitis will therefore face his second season under Dusko Ivanovic.
Taking advantage of the Media Day organized by the Euroleague, Giedraitis explained the main reasons for his decision. “In the summer I was able to have time to think about my things, what I wanted. There were a couple of offers from the NBA, but I talked to my family about the pros, the cons, all these things, and we decided to stay here. I don’t think about the NBA too much, my family is happy, I’m happy too … I already know everything that is here from last season, and in the end we decided to stay because it was the best option, “he explained.
The Lithuanian also appreciated the presence of Dusko Ivanovic on the bench, and his ambition to continue progressing as factors of weight in his decision, although he insisted on the family as a key element: “It is not only because of Dusko. Of course he is one of the factors, but the first thing I did was ask my wife, my family, if she liked being in Vitoria, and in general a little around the city, and about everything. Vitoria is a small city, but quiet and charming, really And I like that. My wife thinks the same and she told me so. “
“As far as the court is concerned, one of the things I thought is where I could improve as a player and, in the end, why am I going to go anywhere else, if I have what I need here in Vitoria? My family he’s happy, I’m happy, and that’s all I need: to be happy, play my best basketball and win every possible game, “he continued.
Regarding the very renewed squad of this new Baskonia 2021-2022, Rokas was excited and aware that patience will be necessary: ??”Every year is similar, you have to build a new team, a new block. I think we have a good group , a very good team, with young players, hungry, and eager to compete. We have a great coach who is going to put us in a position to get victories, so now we have to work, improve every day, train hard and see how are we doing “.
The outside line of the team was another of the issues on which Giedraitis expressed his opinion: “On the perimeter we have great shooters, many who can shoot and score, and Dusko likes this type of player, He likes to run, play in transition, play fast, and I think we are that kind of team. ”
As for sharing minutes with Fontecchío, Rokas was very clear in his prediction. “It’s going to be great for sure. It may seem that we are similar players, but in reality we are not. I like more to play with the pot, to pass, … He likes to play more in the low post at certain times. .. I think we are going to fit in well, “he assured.
Regarding the team’s objectives for this coming season, Giedraitis recognized the importance of qualifying for the Euroleague playoffs: “Of course we have to have this idea, this goal in mind, to be in the playoffs. But we don’t have We have to think about it more than we should. We have to have these goals, but in my opinion we have to go game by game. ”
“At least I think like that, I just look at the next opponent we play against. I don’t even know who we have to play the next matches against. In fact, my wife knows the schedule much better than I do. I never know. I don’t like to think too much about it. When I want to know who we’re playing against, I always ask my wife, “he concluded, laughing.