By: Nick Gibson / @euro_adventures
There’s an age old saying in Kaunus, Lithuania that goes a little something like this:
Welcome to Zalgiris. We’re excited to have you. Here’s your whistle and a clipboard. You’re fired.
When anything less than an undefeated LKL season plus a Baltic League crown is an embarrassment, I guess a stickler’s only option is to magnify the club’s results in a league where success varies.
So Ilias Zouros opened up the Euroleague with his Zalgiris squad up against CSKA Moscow this Monday. They lost that game 74-87 and now, BasketNews.lt is reporting that he’s been asked to pack up his things and hit the road.
The club’s sport director Vitoldas Massalski will give it a shot while Romanov searches for someone else to fire, and all eyes are fixated on national team coach Kestutis Kemzura, who is currently unemployed.
Also from BasketNews, here’s Vladimir Romanov’s fickleness, in chart form:
|Coach|| Worked from
||To||Reasons for withdrawal|
|Amber Krapikas||In 2008October||In 2009December||Resigned|
|Ramunas Butautas||In 2009December||In 2010February||Told to leave after losing to Vilnius Perlas, CSKA Moscow and Asseco Prokom|
|Darius Maskoliūnas||In 2010February||In 2010 May||Accused of deliberately influencing the negative results of the LKL finals|
|Aco Petrovich||In 2010June||In 2010December||Dismissed after losing to Mariupol Azovmash|
|Rimantas Grigas||In 2010December||In 2011January||He returned to the role of sports director of the club, giving way to Zouros|
|Ilias Zouros||In 2011January||In 2011October|| Dismissed after poor season
Never mind the fact that Lithuania’s eastern neighbors at CSKA Moscow pulled together one of the scariest groups of hoopers this side of the Monstars. (Give me Monster Milos over Monster Muggsy any day.) One L and it’s adios, Ilias.
Granted, he probably shouldn’t have gone to zone against CSKA. Or stayed in zone. Or gone back to zone once he’d finally switched out of zone.