Rimantas Kaukėnas in 2013
|Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia|
|League||Lega Basket Serie A|
April 11, 1977 |
Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Listed weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|High school||Prattsburgh Central School
(Prattsburgh, New York)
|College||Seton Hall (1996–2000)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Playing career||2000–2016, 2017–present|
|2000–2001||Hapoel Galil Elyon|
|2001–2002||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2003–2004||Telekom Baskets Bonn|
|Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rimantas "Rimas" Kaukėnas (born April 11, 1977) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia of the Lega Basket Serie A. His long career has taken him to a number of countries, finding the most success in Italy. He has also been a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national team. Playing primarily at the shooting guard position, he can also play as a point guard.
He joined Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in December 2013, helping the side reach the finals of the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A. In July 2015, his contract was extended for another season. On July 7, 2016, Kaukėnas retired from professional basketball. On January 7, 2017, Kaukėnas came out of retirement and rejoined Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia for the rest of the season.
Kaukėnas played with the senior men's Lithuanian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2001, the EuroBasket 2007, where he won a bronze medal, and the EuroBasket 2011. He also played at both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Kaukėnas established the Rimantas Kaukenas Charity Group, which aims to provide "magical moments" for children with life-threatening medical conditions. He is married with former Swedish-Serbian basketball player Tanja Kostić, with whom he has three daughters. Tanja follows the activities of RK Charity Group, while Rimantas is playing during the season. He is fluent in English, Italian and Russian.
Euroleague career statistics
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Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
Awards and achievements
- Lithuanian League Champion: 2002
- North European League Champion: 2002
- German League All-Star Game MVP: 2004
- Eurobasket.com's German League Player of the Year: 2004
- Italian League MVP Runner Up: 2005
- 2x Italian SuperCup Champion: 2007, 2008
- Italian League MVP Runner Up: 2007
- 4x Italian League Champion: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
- Italian League Finals MVP: 2007
- EuroBasket 2007: Bronze
- Euroleague 3rd Place: 2008
- His number 13 was retired by Montepaschi Siena in 2009.
- "Zalgiris Kaunas brings home veteran Kaukenas". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Reggio Emilia, Kaukenas stay together". EurocupBasketball.com. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
- "Rimantas Kaukenas retires at 39". Sportando.com. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Kaukenas torna in campo. Mercoledì sarà presentato ai media". Pallacanestro Reggiana (in Italian). 7 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
- "Il ritorno di Kaukenas: "Sono un rookie, cercherò di aiutare la squadra a crescere"". Pallacanestro Reggiana (in Italian). 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- "About us". KaukenoParama.lt. Retrieved 27 August 2015.