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The Wait is Over

The Wait is Over

Jim Parisi:
Who will you be thinking of as you walk on the court for the first time in 20 months?

Gilvydas Biruta:
Wow. Let me think a minute, great question

Jim Parisi:
Hey I didn’t mean to scare you away I was expecting the answer to be your Mom!

Gilvydas Biruta:
noooo not my mom
I will think of all the stories that inspired me to work hard. People who I look up to, people who proved others wrong and achieved what they strived for. People who did not quit, people who turned adversity into ambition.
It doesn’t mean i don’t love my mama!

Jim Parisi:
How important is it to hit that first shot? Or maybe grab that first rebound?

Gilvydas Biruta:
I’m determined to crash the board like no other, so rebounds come first. We have players that can score, but I need to either secure our defensive possession by grabbing a rebound or create extra opportunity for the team to score.

Jim Parisi:
Is there a game from your past, or a moment from your childhood, that you think of when you need to rise even higher? Were you embarrassed or pushed around?

Gilvydas Biruta:
I wasn’t pushed around but i never had a father figure that was proud of me, so I am still doing my best to impress someone that I didn’t really have. I’m chasing the ghost, but it is one my motivations.

Jim Parisi:
and Hurley is one of those ghosts you love to impress?

Gilvydas Biruta:
He is the coach! I better impress him! It is a ghost, not sure who it is. I’m probably too old to try to make my “dad” proud of me:)

Jim Parisi:
You’ll never be too old Gilvydas…some of us still tried to impress a parent many years after being all grown up
And these battles you fight will someday impress your children.

Gilvydas Biruta:
Thanks a lot. I truly hope it will

Jim Parisi:
Does it fire you up that some people think of URI as ‘little Rhody’? Do you love knowing you can help put the team back on the national map?

Gilvydas Biruta:
Yes it is totally an extra motivation and a chance to be a part of something great.

Jim Parisi:
Tell me Gilvydas was it hard to be a big man in a home with no male figure…and in your young life? Does a big man from your country have to act like a leader, and always appear strong even in tough moments of insecurity?

Gilvydas Biruta:
I do not know how a male acts in moments of insecurity because I was never around one. I did not have an example. Being a big man at home made me mature much quicker and have responsibilities early. I dont complain because at the end of the day I think it motivated me to work harder, taught me work ethic and stand for myself.

Jim Parisi:
Back to hoops. How does your unique upbringing translate into the ‘beast’ we will see on the court every game?

Gilvydas Biruta:
Every single game. I refuse to give less than I have

Jim Parisi:
Do you owe the coach for bringing you here, or does he owe you for your willingness to sit a year?

Gilvydas Biruta:
I owe coach Hurley more than he thinks I owe him. When he brought me here to URI, he resurrected my game

Jim Parisi:
When you have your first big game..big win..for this program…who will you call or text first after the game?

Gilvydas Biruta:
Arturas Karnisovas, person without whom I wouldn’t be where I am at.

Jim Parisi:
How about ending tonight’s chat with a quote from 2pac? have one for us?

Gilvydas Biruta:
“I know it seem hard sometimes but
Remember one thing
Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that
So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out
Keep your head up, and handle it”

here you go

Jim Parisi:
Gilvydas, getting to know you this summer, will make us feel your excitement when you succeed on the court. Thank you for sharing that with us fans.

Gilvydas Biruta:
no problem at all, my pleasure.

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