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 72)
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 is known for being one of the best Lithuanian basketball players of all-time, and for having superior dribbling ability. He was selected as the Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year a record seven times, in 1965–1967, and 1969–1972.[1]

In 1991, he was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players.

Soviet national team[edit]

Paulaskas was a part of the senior Soviet Union national basketball teams that won the bronze medal at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games, and the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games.[2] Paulauskas became the captain of the senior Soviet national team in 1969.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing basketball competitions, Paulauskas worked as a coach of the Soviet Union junior national teams, from 1977 to 1989. In the early 1990s, he was the head coach of his native club, Žalgiris Kaunas.[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. ^ Stankovic, Vladimir. "Modestas Paulauskas, the first Lithuanian "King"". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Modestas Paulauskas.
  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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