The latest episode of The Crossover with Joe Arlauckas features a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague rookie who has been making waves with Zalgiris Kaunas: Ignas Brazdeikis. After spending the first few years of his professional career in the NBA, Brazdeikis decided to return to the city and country of his birth – Kaunas, Lithuania – to play for Zalgiris.
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01:06 Shining against Monaco
05:21 His childhood
12:01 Playing at Michigan
18:28 NBA experience
24:35 Coming to the EuroLeague
30:52 Playing for Zalgiris
42:27 Representing Lithuania
44:51 Final Four dreams
48:21 The Crossover Test
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