Newcomer “Zalgiris” happy to return to Euroleague: It’s very important to me

With an interest in training, training rooms and other conditions, K. Hayes will start preparing for the season on Wednesday, along with other Zalgiris players in Kaunas.

Before starting work with the team, the 25-year-old midfielder, 206 cm tall, shared his first impression in Lithuania with “galgiris TV”.

“I had a great summer, I probably have the most time to spend with my family. I also played in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. I played with good players. So much so that I could see what the talent level was like. It was really fun to try my hand. Of course I was in Vegas I tried to win. Money is there, ”the Americans laughed.

K. Hayes, who flew to Lithuania on Sunday with newcomer “Žalgiris” Keenan Evans, managed to look around the center of Kaunas on the first day of his stay, where the basketball player was met by Fans asking for photos. Players are interested in the knowledge of “Zalgiris” fans about the team.

“A few people stopped me and I even forgot I was wearing a green shirt so they recognized me immediately. They said they were happy to see me in the group. You can immediately understand that you here have a clear understanding of basketball and know this information, because it has just been announced that I came to Kaunas. . “It’s fun that people already know who I am,” said the basketball player.

The taller player, who will begin the fourth season of his European career, has played for clubs in Italy, France and Turkey. K. Hayes is happy to compete for the first time in the country where the sport he represents is the most popular.

“I have heard many good things about Lithuania. I know basketball is very popular here. Basketball is very important for the Kaunas. I can not wait to feel it myself, all that energy. Here everyone is focused on basketball and the team fans are a huge support. It makes you a better player, ”Hayes explained.

2020-2021 K. Hayes, who made his EuroLeague debut with ASVEL Willerban this season, will return to the continent’s most influential basketball club after a season spent at Bursa. Before the second round of the Euroleague, the basketball player hopes he can prove he is better.

“I think the game in Zalgiris is a good opportunity for me to show myself.” I feel that the atmosphere in the group is very good. I think if you are good with everyone then you can play well. If I can say something to others and they are not too sensitive, at least for now, it means I can say something. With confidence.

As a player, it is very important for me to be back in the EuroLeague. I want to show how much I have improved. I want to see where I compare to other Euroleague players. Coming back to the EuroLeague will show where I still need to improve in attack and defense. I want to improve and improve my skills in my favorite games, ”said Zalgiris.

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