Soviet national team star Charunas Marchulionis said today he is "certain" to play for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA next season. "I'm certain I will be the first from my country to play basketball as a pro in the United States," Marchulionis told The Associated Press.
Marchulionis, 25, was interviewed at the European Basketball Championships which started in this Yugoslav city today. "Everything is settled with the Soviet sports authorities and I'm continuing my basketball career in the NBA," Marchulionis said.The 6-foot-5 1/2 guard, who plays for Statiba Vilnius, is considered the second-best Soviet national team player after center Arvidas Sabonis. Also awaiting permission to play abroad and join the NBA or a West European team from the Soviet national squad are Sabonis, Rimas Kurtinaitis and Alesander Volkov, sources close to the Soviet team told the AP.
Another Soviet star, veteran guard Valdemaras Homichus, handed his request to join an NBA team to the Soviet Sports Committee, but "he is unlikely to get it," the source said without elaborating.