Kurtinaitis as the Khimki head coach
|Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|League||Lithuanian Basketball League|
May 15, 1960 |
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||207 lb (94 kg)|
|NBA draft||1982 / Undrafted|
|1998–1999||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2002–2006||BC Gala Baku[note 1]|
|2002–2006||Azerbaijan (national team)|
|2006||PBC Ural Great|
|2008||Prokom Trefl Sopot (assistant)|
|2008–2010||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2017-present||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rimas Kurtinaitis (born May 15, 1960) is a Lithuanian professional basketball coach, and a retired basketball player, who was a member of the Soviet and Lithuanian national basketball teams. He is currently the head coach for BC Lietuvos rytas of Lithuanian LKL. He played as a shooting guard, and is the only non-NBA player to participate in the NBA All-Star weekend's Three-Point Contest in 1989. He is 196 cm (6 ft 5 in) tall.
Club playing career
Kurtinaitis' former teams include Žalgiris Kaunas, CSKA Moscow, and Real Madrid. Kurtinaitis was also the first European player to play as an import in Australia's National Basketball League, playing for the Townsville Suns in 1993.
In 1997, Kurtinaitis was named to the Lithuanian Ministry of Sport. In the years 2002–2006, he took the position of head coach of the Azerbaijan national basketball team. Also from 2002 to 2006, he was a player for four seasons with BC Gala Baku, working as a player-coach.
He became Sakalai's head coach during the mid-2000s. In December 2007, he became the head coach of the Polish League men's basketball team Śląsk Wrocław. In 2008, he became head coach of Lietuvos Rytas with whom, he won the Eurocup 2008–09 season's title, in the Final-Eight tournament in Turin (Torino), Italy, in a game against Khimky Moscow Region (Final score 80–74).
In 2012, Kurtinaitis won the Eurocup again, this time with Khimki. As of 2015, he is the only coach to win the Eurocup three times. On June 21, 2012, Rimas Kurtinaitis was named the best Eurocup coach of all time. On March 15, 2016, Khimki parted ways with Kurtinaitis.
Awards and achievements
- World Champion – 1982
- World championship Silver medalist – 1986
- European champion – 1985
- European championship Silver medalist – 1987, 1995
- European championship Bronze medalist – 1989
- Olympic champion – 1988
- Olympic Bronze medalist – 1992, 1996
- USSR League champion in BC Žalgiris – 1985, 1986, 1987
- Spanish ACB champion in Real Madrid Baloncesto – 1994
- LKL All-Star game MVP – 1996
- Eurocup champion – 2009, 2012, 2015
- LKL champion – 2009, 2010
- BBL champion – 2009
- LKF Cup champion – 2009, 2010
- VTB United League Champion – 2011
- Best Eurocup coach of all time (2012)
- VTB United League Coach of the Year – 2014
- Rimas Kurtinaitis
- The coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis
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- "Basket, Cantù esonera Kurtinaitis Squadra al vice, poi Banchi o Recalcati?". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
- "„Lietuvos ryte" Tomą Pačėsą keičia Rimas Kurtinaitis". Lietuvos Rytas (in Lithuanian). 10 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- As a player-coach