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Lithuanian basketball pass present and future In 1891 American teacher James Naismith invented basketball Year after year it became more and more popular people played basketball in more and more countries In 1922 Steponas Darius brought it to Lithuania It became popular so fast as TV after World War II Level of Lithuanian basketball was so high that in 1935 Lithuanian team played in the European championship In 1935 championship took place in Riga Latvia Lithuanians were debutantes and nobody could hope that debutantes could be among leaders but Lithuanians were Lithuanians werent champions In 1939 the occurred in Kaunas A new Sport Hall was built for this occasion and sportsmen still play basketball in it now Lithuanian team became the winner of this competition again Women have never remained in the background of men All time they tried to be in the same level like men and they always do it European championship in 1938 was very successful and Lithuanian sportswomen won silver medals World War II didnt stop development of Lithuanian basketball In the time of the war legendary players champions of Europe ran to the West but Lithuanian basketball wasnt dead A few students team won the first Soviet Union championship in 1947 It was the start of the history of the biggest grandest and greatest Lithuanian Basketball club Zalgiris Green Wood The name of this club comes from the battle in 1410 when Lithuanians beated the crusaders This battle is named Grunwald in German or Zalgiris in Lithuanian All the time when Lithuania endured yoke of Soviet Union Lithuanian basketball was predominated in all Union All the time Lithuanian players played in combined teams In 1978-1981 one of the greatest Lithuanian players generations started forming In 1982 Arvydas Sabonis came to Zalgiris He started playing in professional team when he was only seventeen and he is still playing now In 1983 the biggest fights between Zalgiris and
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