Coach Stuns Reporter

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This video is must see material. One minute in length but a lifetime of perspective and truth.

A refreshing reminder to the hierarchy of values in life.

May God bless you.

Virtue = Strength 

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Sarunas Jasikevicius, the coach of Zalgiris, a Lithuanian basketball team, defended his center, Augusto Lima, after Lima missed a playoff game for the birth of his daughter. Zalgiris won the semifinal game Friday, but an inquisitive reporter, who is not a father, wanted to know how Jasikevicius felt about Lima being absent from the team.

Here’s the exchange, which quickly has made its way around the internet:

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?

Reporter: Zalgiris.

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.

As for Lima, he posted on Instagram on Sunday welcoming his daughter, Alba, to the world.

Alba lima Fernández 05-17-207 I want to write these lines to give thanks. Thank you God for bringing us Alba. Thank you because everything has turned out perfect and because both my little girl and Rosa are perfect. Thank you for giving me the happiest day in the world. Thank you for letting me live that feeling of being a father. An indescribable feeling with words. It is undoubtedly the best gift of my life ... and for which I am grateful every day since Alba came to this world. AND THANK YOU all for the great amount of affection that both I and my family have received since the little Alba was born! THANK YOU!