Sarunas Jasikevicius, the coach of Lithuanian basketball team Žalgiris Kaunas, spoke up for his valued player Augusto Lima when a fatherless reporter asked him after last Friday’s game what he thought about the player’s decision to skip the semifinals game to attend the birth of his daughter.
The translated exchange was first reported in the New York Post.
Reporter: Coach, what do you think about Augusto Lima going away in the midst of a series to attend the birth of his child?
Jasikevicius: What do I think about it? I allowed him to go.
Reporter: But is it normal for a player to leave the team during the semifinals?
Jasikevicius: Do you have kids? When you have kids, youngster, you’ll understand. Because that’s the height of a human experience. Wow, that’s a good question, really. Do you think basketball is the most important thing in life?
Reporter: No, but a semifinal is important.
Jasikevicius: To whom is it important?
Reporter: The team.
Jasikevicius: Which one?
Jasikevicius: Did you see the number of fans at the game? Important? When you see your first child, you will understand what the most important thing in life is. Because nothing can be more majestic in the world than the birth of a child. Not titles, not anything else. Augusto Lima is now in heaven emotionally. I’m really happy for him.
The quotes speak for themselves:
Oh and for the record, team Žalgiris Kaunas emerged victors after their Friday semifinal game (in spite of Lima’s absence) and on Sunday Lima welcomed his daughter, Alba, to the world.
It’s easy to get caught up in our work, to-do list, daily commutes, bills, and daily stressors. But Zagiris is right- those things are not the most important things in our lives. And all too often we lost sight of this and need a reminder. At Clarity, that’s what our Men’s Program is all about. We are a bunch of dads– young, old, exhausted from working 60 hours a week, married, single, broke, successful, and everything in between. And every Monday night, this pack gets together to challenge each other…to help each other…to remind each other- that work is hard, life is crazy, but being a dad is worth every bit of it.
Join us sometime- I think Lima said it best above:
“Thank you for giving me the happiest day in the world. Thank you for letting me live that feeling of being a father.”