Rimas Kurtinaitis

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Rimas Kurtinaitis
Rimas Kurtinaitis 2011 BC Khimki.JPG
Kurtinaitis as the Khimki head coach
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
Position Head coach
League Lithuanian Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1960-05-15) May 15, 1960 (age 56)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1982 / Undrafted
Playing career 1981–2006
Position Shooting guard
Number 10, 12
Coaching career 2002–present
Career history
As player:
1981–1983 CSKA Moscow
1983–1989 Žalgiris Kaunas
1989–1992 Hagen
1992 Žalgiris Kaunas
1992 Peñas Huesca
1993 Townsville Suns
1993–1995 Real Madrid
1995–1996 Žalgiris Kaunas
1996–1997 Élan Chalon
1997–1998 Atletas Kaunas
1998–1999 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2001–2002 BC Kyiv
As coach:
2002–2006 BC Gala Baku[note 1]
2002–2006 Azerbaijan (national team)
2006 PBC Ural Great
2006–2007 Sakalai Vilnius
2007–2008 Śląsk Wrocław
2008 Prokom Trefl Sopot (assistant)
2008–2010 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2010–2011 VEF Rīga
2011–2016 Khimki
2016 Pallacanestro Cantù
2017-present Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

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[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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[1] with BC Gala Baku, working as a player-coach.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] On March 15, 2016, Khimki parted ways with Kurtinaitis.[5]

On August 2, 2016, Kurtinaitis become the head coach of Pallacanestro Cantù of Italian Serie A.[6] However, on November 30, he was fired from the team.[7][8]

Kurtinaitis agreed to return to Lietuvos rytas on February 10, 2017 following resignation of Tomas Pačėsas.[9]

Awards and achievements[edit]

As player:

As coach:


  1. ^ Rimas Kurtinaitis
  2. ^ The coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis
  3. ^ "EUROBASKET – Lithuanian basketball". Eurobasket.net. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  4. ^ Eurocup Top 10 – Coaches
  5. ^ "BC Khimki, Kurtinaitis part ways". BC Khimki. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "RIMAS KURTINAITIS E' IL NUOVO ALLENATORE DELLA PALLACANESTRO CANTU'". Pallacanestro Cantù (in Italian). August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "INTERVISTA A DMITRY GERASIMENKO". Pallacanestro Cantù (in Italian). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Basket, Cantù esonera Kurtinaitis Squadra al vice, poi Banchi o Recalcati?". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ "„Lietuvos ryte" Tomą Pačėsą keičia Rimas Kurtinaitis". Lietuvos Rytas (in Lithuanian). 10 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 


  1. ^ As a player-coach

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