Modestas Paulauskas

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Modestas Palauskas
Modestas Paulauskas 1970.jpg
Palauskas in 1970
Personal information
Born (1945-03-19) 19 March 1945 (age 71)
Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
Playing career 1962–1976
Position Small forward
Number 5
Career history
As player:
1962–1976 Žalgiris Kaunas
As coach:
1997–1998 Lietuvos rytas-Statyba Vilnius
Career highlights and awards

Modestas Paulauskas[note 1] (19 March 1945) is a Lithuanian basketball coach and retired basketball player. He was part of Soviet teams that won the bronze medal at the 1968 and the gold medal at the 1972 Olympics.[1] He is known as one of the best Lithuanian players of all-time having a superior dribbling ability. He was selected as Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year a record seven times, in 1965–1967 and 1969–1972.[2] Paulauskas also was the Soviet Union national basketball team captain since 1969.[3] In 1991 he was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players.

After retiring from competitions, from 1977 to 1989 Paulauskas trained the junior team of the Soviet Union, and in the early 1990s was headed his native club Žalgiris.[4] After that he coached basketball in schools, both in Lithuania and in Russia.[5]


  1. ^ Lithuanian: Modestas Juozapas Paulauskas
    Russian: Модестас Йозапас Феликсович Паулаускас


  1. ^ Modestas Paulauskas.
  2. ^ Stankovic, Vladimir. "Modestas Paulauskas, the first Lithuanian "King"". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Andzelis, Paulius. "M.Paulauskas: „Marškinėlių pakėlimas – didžiausias įvertinimas žaidėjui"". Ž Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Khodorkovskii, Boris. Баскетбол. Три секунды и тридцать лет.
  5. ^ Nagornyh Elena (17 November 2008) Уроки Паулаускаса.

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