Zalgiris to honor Paulius Jankunas in first EuroLeague home game

2022-10-03 19:01

Zalgiris Kaunas will honor the club's legend Paulius Jankunas during the first EuroLeague home game against Virtus Bologna with special celebrations that will culminate with his no. 13 jersey going up in the rafters at halftime.

Credit: LKL
Credit LKL

On the 18th of October, European basketball returns to Kaunas and Zalgiris Arena as Zalgiris Kaunas takes on Virtus Segafredo Bologna in its EuroLeague season home opener.

The first home game of Europe’s strongest basketball tournament will be highlighted with a ceremony honoring Paulius Jankunas, who retired after last season.

The long-time Zalgiris player changed from a basketball jersey to a suit after the season and is now a part of Zalgiris’ front office.

"The end of last season was not the ending that Paulius deserved to end his career. Jankis deserves more, so a special celebration is being prepared for the first EuroLeague home game when the long-time captain will be duly welcomed to his new position by a crowd of thousands," Zalgiris general manager Paulius Motiejunas told.

During the game’s halftime break, Jankunas’ number 13 jersey will go up in the rafters of the arena and join the distinguished company of Arvydas Sabonis, Modestas Paulauskas, Vladas Garastas, and Jonas Kazlauskas.

Fans arriving at Zalgiris Arena will be welcomed with any available Jankunas-related merchandise or support posters. They will also be able to browse through his Zalgiris trophy collection or enjoy the images of Jankunas being handed out.

Zalgiris dancers will be on hand to celebrate the 15-time Lithuanian champion, and the entertainment during the quarter breaks will also revolve around Jankunas.


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