Rimas Kurtinaitis (born May 15, 1960) is a Lithuanian professional basketball coach, and a retired professional basketball player, who was a member of the senior Soviet and Lithuanian national basketball teams during his playing career. He won a gold medal at 1988 Olympics in South Korea. He is currently the head coach for Khimki. At a height of 1.96 m (6'5") tall, during his playing career, he played at the shooting guard position. He is the only non-NBA player to ever participate at the NBA All-Star Weekend's Three-Point Contest, doing so in 1989.
|Born||May 15, 1960|
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||207 lb (94 kg)|
|NBA draft||1982 / Undrafted|
|1998–1999||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2002–2006||Gala Baku[note 2]|
|2002–2006||Gala Baku[note 1]|
|2008||Prokom Trefl Sopot (assistant)|
|2008–2010||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2017–2018||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
Club playing careerEdit
Kurtinaitis' former club teams as a player, include Žalgiris Kaunas, CSKA Moscow, and Real Madrid. He was the only European player to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Three-Point Contest, without ever playing in the NBA at one point, participating in the event in 1989. Kurtinaitis was also the first European player to play as an import, in Australia's National Basketball League (NBL), while playing for the Townsville Suns, in 1993.
In 1997, Kurtinaitis was named to the Lithuanian Ministry of Sport. In the years 2002–2006, he took the position of head coach of the Azerbaijan national basketball team. Also from 2002 to 2006, he was a player for four seasons, with Gala Baku, working as a player-coach.
He became Sakalai's head coach during the mid-2000s. In December 2007, he became the head coach of the Polish League men's basketball team, Śląsk Wrocław. In 2008, he became head coach of Lietuvos Rytas, with whom, he won the EuroCup 2008–09 season's title. After winning the championship at the Final-Eight tournament, in Turin (Torino), Italy, in a game against Khimki Moscow Region (final score 80–74).
In 2012, Kurtinaitis won the EuroCup again, this time with Khimki. As of 2015, he is the only coach to win the EuroCup three times. On June 21, 2012, Kurtinaitis was named the best EuroCup coach of all time. On March 15, 2016, Khimki parted ways with Kurtinaitis.
Kurtinaitis agreed to return to Lietuvos rytas, on February 10, 2017, following the resignation of Tomas Pačėsas, from the club's head coaching position. This tenure with Rytas was not as successful – Rytas only finished in 3rd place in the LKL in the 2016–2017 season, a fiasco for the team. In the 2017–2018 season, the team played much better, reaching the Eurocup Top16 phase, as well as reaching the KMT and LKL finals, but lost each to Žalgiris Kaunas. In what stirred a lot of controversy, it was announced during the semifinals of the LKL that Kurtinaitis would be replaced by Dainius Adomaitis in the following season, and in June Kurtinaitis left the team.
On January 21, 2019, Kurtinaitis returned to Khimki in a surprising decision.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 5× USSR Premier League Champion: 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 1987
- USSR Cup Winner: (1982)
- FIBA Saporta Cup Finals Top Scorer: (1985)
- FIBA Intercontinental Cup Champion: 1986
- NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Contest Participant: 1989
- German League Top Scorer: (1990)
- German All-Star Game Three-point Champion: 1991
- Spanish ACB League Champion: 1994
- 2× Lithuanian All-Star Game: 1996, 1998
- Lithuanian All-Star Game MVP: 1996
- Lithuanian League Champion: 1996
- Lithuanian League Finals MVP: 1996
Soviet senior national teamEdit
- 1985 EuroBasket: Gold
- 1986 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- 1988 Summer Olympic Games: Gold
- 1989 EuroBasket: Bronze
Lithuanian senior national teamEdit
As head coachEdit
- 3× EuroCup Champion: 2009, 2012, 2015
- 2× Lithuanian LKL League Champion: 2009, 2010
- Baltic BBL League Champion: 2009
- 2× Lithuanian Federation Cup Winner: 2009, 2010
- VTB United League Champion: 2011
- Named Best EuroCup Coach of All Time: 2012
- VTB United League Coach of the Year: 2014
- VTB United League Hall of Fame: 2019
- As a player-coach
- As a player-coach
- Rimas Kurtinaitis Archived 2015-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
- The coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis
- "EUROBASKET – Lithuanian basketball". Eurobasket.net. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
- Eurocup Top 10 – Coaches
- "BC Khimki, Kurtinaitis part ways". BC Khimki. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
- "RIMAS KURTINAITIS E' IL NUOVO ALLENATORE DELLA PALLACANESTRO CANTU'". Pallacanestro Cantù (in Italian). August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
- "INTERVISTA A DMITRY GERASIMENKO". Pallacanestro Cantù (in Italian). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
- "Basket, Cantù esonera Kurtinaitis Squadra al vice, poi Banchi o Recalcati?". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
- ""Lietuvos ryte" Tomą Pačėsą keičia Rimas Kurtinaitis". Lietuvos Rytas (in Lithuanian). 10 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.