LKKA-Atletas might not have big aims coming into the Lithuanian League (LKL), but the second division champions already started preparing for a tough season that lies ahead.
Although the team from Kaunas lost the promotion/relegation battle against Palanga, who managed to save their LKL spot, LKKA-Atletas will replace Baltai Kaunas, who have decided to pull out of the competition for undisclosed reasons.
“We don’t want to be relegated straight away. My players will need to work three times harder than the players, who have already showed they can play in the LKL. We want to improve,” said the coach of the team Edas Nickus.
Having started the pre-season earlier than anyone else in Lithuania, LKKA-Atletas will travel to Italy, where they will face some of the top NCAA teams - Arkansas, Purdue, Virginia Commonwealth, Tennessee and Georgia.
“There will be a lot of strong teams, so it will be a really good experience for us. We have only practiced in the gym for a week or so, therefore it will be a difficult test for us,” Nickus said.