When I was seven years old, I moved from Riga to Kekava, where I started to play basketball. My first coach was Andris Eglitis. From the very beginning, Andris let me play with guys who were two years older. After a couple of years, he sent me to Riga - VEF, where I had to prove myself all over again. I sat on the bench and I had to fight for a chance to play in the starting five, and I did.
Well, it is interesting, we have a very developed system. We have many tournaments for young basketball players. I remember
when I was a young kid, I could play game after game, tournament after tournament and I didn't get tired, but now we need rest days.
Yes, basketball is the second largest sport in Latvia. We have many leagues. We have two professional leagues and a lot of amateur leagues.
I think Kristaps Porzingis is doing a great job, with his achievements he shows the young Latvian basketball players that they can also do great things and dream big. Nothing is impossible if you commit yourself a 100 percent and work really hard.
Yes, I played for the national team when I was 18, U-18. It was a great experience to play against basketball players from other countries; it gave me the opportunity to compete against some of the toughest competitors from my age group.
When I was a kid, my dream was NBA like every kid's dream. But now I just want to play and feel the game; it is better to play with a lower level team and play a lot then playing for a popular team sitting on the bench.
I have played 3x3 basketball for six years now. This year they asked me for the national team, and they offered me a starting place, and I agreed.
The biggest skill required in 3x3 basketball is motivation, to be strong, not letting emotions crush you after failure and of course in 3x3 basketball individual skills play a prominent role.
It is always an honor to represent your country; it doesn't matter if it is 5x5 or 3x3.
Those emotions are indescribable; they are even following me today. We didn't expect to win 1st place, but now we are champions. Just amazing.