July 6, 1992 |
Germany defeated Czechoslovakia, 90-74, Sunday and joined Lithuania, Croatia and the Commonwealth of Independent States as Europe's representatives to the basketball tournament in the Barcelona Olympics. None of the four teams existed in their present form two years ago, if they existed at all. Croatia will be making its Olympic debut, while Lithuania has never competed in the Olympic basketball tournament.
August 6, 1992 |
This is the play that wrecked American basketball, furnished to The Times by a Soviet defector. He is Alexander Gomelsky, coach of the Soviet men's team that upended the United States at Seoul in 1988, brother of Yvgeny Gomelsky, whose team from the Commonwealth of Independent States stunned the U.S. women, 79-73, Wednesday. The play is designed to beat a U.S. full-court press, traditional weapon of choice for the quicker Americans.
August 1, 1992 |
The one that got away: How good would Lithuania's 7-4, 275-pound Arvidas Sabonis be if he had come to the United States as a teen-ager, as did Detlef Schrempf of Germany? "As good as any other great center in the NBA," says Donn Nelson, an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors and Lithuania. "You can see his talent. It just oozes out of him. "You look at him. He's as big as Mark Eaton. He has Chris Mullin hands. He can shoot it like Bill Laimbeer. He has the whole package."
August 7, 1992 |
Who will follow Europe's bumper 1980s crop of Vlade Divac, Sarunas Marciulionis, Drazen Petrovic and Arvidas Sabonis? Try no one. The best young basketball player in the Games has been Croatia's Arijan Komazec, a 22-year-old 6-foot-7 swingman. Warrior assistant coach Donn Nelson says he's surprised Komazec didn't go in the recent NBA draft and rates him as a solid second-rounder, but that's as good as it got. Toni Kukoc, snuffed by the U.S.
July 5, 1992 |
The Commonwealth of Independent States defeated Germany, 83-68, Saturday to move into a second-place tie with Croatia in the European Olympic qualifying tournament at the Prince Felipe Pavilion. Alexander Volkov scored 25 points to lead the CIS as it pulled even with Croatia at 4-2. Both teams can clinch berths at Barcelona with victories in final-round games today. Slovenia got 19 points apiece from Teoman Alibegovic and Slavko Kotnik and stayed in contention with a 73-67 victory over Israel.
November 1, 1986
Star center Arvidas Sabonis will not play for the Soviet team in tonight's exhibition basketball game against Athletes in Action at 7:30 in the San Diego Sports Arena. The 7-foot 2-inch Sabonis, a first-round draft choice of the Portland Trail Blazers this year, reportedly is suffering from a strained Achilles' tendon. The Soviet team has only eight players and will be without three starters tonight.
July 4, 1992 |
Lithuania qualified for the 1992 Olympic Games on Friday, 53 years after it was annexed by the Soviet Union and 11 months after it regained its independence. Arvidas Sabonis scored 28 points and Sarunas Marciulionis added 20 as Lithuania beat Slovenia, 90-73, becoming the first team to advance from the European Olympic qualifying tournament at the Prince Felipe Pavilion. It was Lithuania's first Olympic basketball tournament. "This is working out just the like I'd hoped," Marciulionis said.
June 19, 1985 |
Among the 162 players selected in Tuesday's National Basketball Assn. draft was a 7-foot star center from the Soviet Union national team, perhaps the best forward ever to hail from Spain and a 7-3 center from West Germany who considered playing in the United States once before. In short, the NBA draft went international Tuesday. The Atlanta Hawks attracted the most attention when they drafted Arvidas Sabonis, a star on the Russian national team.
July 24, 1990 |
Tonight's basketball summit between Olympic superpowers from the United States and the Soviet Union just goes to show that the work of the Goodwill Games is never done. Created to end boycotts in 1986, this Ted Turner-inspired competition now has a boycott of its own, with the heart of the Soviet gold-medal team ripped out because four players from the Baltic republic of Lithuania have declined to play. In 1988, when the Soviets bounced the U.S. team out of the Seoul Games, 82-76, 62 of those U.
June 25, 1992 |
Arvidas Sabonis scored 22 points despite sitting out most of the second half as Lithuania trounced Hungary, 106-71, Wednesday in the European Olympic basketball qualifying tournament. Sabonis, a former NBA draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers, made all six of his shots, including a three-pointer. The former Soviet republic held Hungary to one field goal in the first 7:45 and remained tied with the Commonwealth of Independent States atop Group D at 3-0.