Gintaras Einikis (born September 30, 1969 in Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, USSR) is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and current coach. He stands at 6 ft 10 in (208 cm), and is a former center for the senior Lithuanian national team. Einikis is the only player from the Lithuanian national team to have won all three consecutive bronze medals at the Summer Olympics, in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney.
|Born||September 30, 1969|
Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|NBA draft||1991 / Undrafted|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2003–2004||Prokom Trefl Sopot|
|2005||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2005–2006||CEZ Basketball Nymburk|
|2016||Avtodor Saratov (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
In 1987, the then 18-year-old Einikis, arrived at Žalgiris, to replace his injured teammate, Arvydas Sabonis. Einikis established himself as a strong and aggressive defender, an excellent center, and a surprisingly accurate three-point shooter. When Sabonis left Žalgiris, Einikis continued his career, as a starter.
In 1995, Einikis joined Avtodor Saratov. After dominating with Avtodor, Einikis then moved to CSKA Moscow. After 2 moderate seasons with CSKA, he moved to Idea-Slask, where he averaged 9 points per game, and 4.4 rebounds per game, in 22 minutes per game of EuroLeague action. After a tumultuous first half of the season, he left Śląsk and signed with Greek side Near East to finish the season.
He then moved back to Zalgiris, where he contributed more to the team. During the last years of his career, his averages fell drastically; however, he still helped Lietuvos Rytas to win the ULEB Cup (EuroCup) championship in 2005. He retired after the 2005–06 season.
In 2009, he returned to playing professional basketball, and played for Naglis-Adakris. After the 2009–10 season, he retired for a second time.
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|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
In 2008, Einikis participated in altercation with a night club's staff, yelling insults, threatening physical harm and refusing to leave the club. He and his friend were fined with 3,000 Litas.
After the incident, Einikis was spotted leaving the club in his car Volkswagen Touareg. Because he had lost his license a year ago after his involvement in a hit and run accident, he was fined with an additional 2,500 Litas. During the accident, it was speculated that he was on cocaine. The police discovered cocaine powder in his car.
In 2011, Einikis, heavily intoxicated, with 5.11 per mil blood-alcohol concentration, went to his friend's house and threatened to kill her by setting her house on fire. He was later arrested and charged with threats of arson and assault.
He married his longtime friend Jurgita in July 2012. Later that month, however, he, while under the influence of alcohol, physically assaulted his wife. He is currently incarcerated pending trial.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 6× Lithuanian Champion: (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003)
- 2× Lithuanian League MVP: (1994, 1995)
- 2× Lithuanian League Finals MVP: (1994, 1995)
- FIBA EuroStar: (1997)
- Russian League Champion: (2000)
- Polish League Champion: (2004)
- ULEB Cup (EuroCup) Champion: (2005)
- FIBA EuroCup All-Star (FIBA EuroChallenge All-Star): (2006)
- Czech League Champion: (2006)
Lithuanian senior national teamEdit
- "Dar viena proga atsitiesti: Gintaras Einikis priėmė Saratovo "Avtodor" pasiūlymą" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. February 10, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-05-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- http://www.lrytas.lt/-11655116701163917019-avarijos-metu-g-einikis-buvo-apsvaigęs-nuo-kokaino.htm[permanent dead link]