Antanas Kavaliauskas announces his retirement

Antanas Kavaliauskas announces his retirement

Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas announced that he was retiring from basketball via an Instagram

Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas announced that he was retiring from basketball via an Instagram post early Monday. Kavaliauskas, 34, spent the previous three seasons with Zalgiris Kaunas, during which he averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 84 games. He helped Zalgiris reach the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, win three Lithuanian championships and two Lithuanian Cups. This past season was cut short by abdominal surgery.

Kavaliauskas enjoyed a successful career in which he played basketball in six countries. After playing college basketball in the United States at Texas Tech, he returned to Europe first with Panionios Athens and then Kavala in Greece. He later played for Caserta and Veroli in Italy, VEF Riga in Latvia, Bilbao in Spain and Rytas Vilnius in Lithuania. A long-time member of the Lithuanian national team, Kavaliauskas was a member of the silver-medal winning squad at EuroBasket 2015.

In his retirement announcement, Kavaliauskas wrote: “It was not an overnight decision. I made this decision with a calmness in my heart and a smile on my face. Something I have been contemplating for some time now, especially with my injuries this season. Thank you everyone who I had a chance to play with and play against. Thank you to my family for being there every single day. Thank you to all the coaches that I had the opportunity to learn from and work with. Finally a big thank you to BC Zalgiris for welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to play for such an incredible organization. I could not be prouder to have worn the green and white and time I spent in Kaunas and all that we accomplished together will never be forgotten (always in my heart).”

 

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June 1st 2019 was my last game professionally. It was a championship game, the last game of the season and at that time I was not sure that it was my last game as a professional basketball player. The time has come for me to open a new chapter in my life, and for those who know me well know that I would have liked to slip away unnoticed, just move on and not say anything, but the right thing to do is say thank you to all the people that were involved in my basketball life. It was not an overnight decision. I made this decision with a calmness in my heart and a smile on my face Something I have been contemplating for some time now, especially with my injuries this season. Thank you everyone who I had a chance to play with and play against. Thank you to my family for being there every single day. Thank you to all the coaches that I had the opportunity to learn from and work with. Finally a big thank you to BC Zalgiris for welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to play for such an incredible organization. I could not be prouder to have worn the green and white and time I spent in Kaunas and all that we accomplished together will never be forgotten (always in my heart). I knew this change was inevitable, and at this time it feels right to make this change now. To continue play not at my 100%, take pain pills like skittles every day and not be happy with my own performance is not the way to do it,quitting while you are ahead is not the same thing as quitting. Antanas Kavaliauskas #theend #greatcareer #nomorepainpills #newpage #zaliabalta #visikaunozalgiriofanai #bczalgiris

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