The recent 2012 documentary film “The Other Dream Team” marked a new high in the exposure of Lithuania’s love of basketball to the world through its thorough history of competition mixed with the emotions of conflict in the Baltic nation.
The 1992 Lithuanian national basketball team pictured in Barcelona. Photo courtesy of Lou Capozzola

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