Three days ago, 25-year-old Augusto Lima was absent from the EuroLeague semi finals.
He wasn’t injured. He wasn’t in any trouble. He, instead, decided to attend the birth of his first child.
Following the playoff round, which his team Žalgiris Kaunas won, coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius was called into a press conference.
A male reporter asked, “Coach, what do you think about Augusto Lima going away in the midst of a series to attend the birth of his child?”
Stunned and somewhat confused, Jasikevičius asked, "What do I think about it? I allowed him to go..."
"But is it normal for a player to leave the team during the semifinals?" the journalist pressed.