24-year-old Lithuanian Haroldas Saprykina not achieved success in basketball. Haroldas — simple, unremarkable mediocre player. This can be judged by his current club “Pescara” from the fourth division of Italy. Although at a young age Saprykina filed some hope. Haroldas studied at the University of California Irvine, where he played for a NCAA team UCI Athletics. To get into the NBA he didn’t make it. And in the Euroleague or the Eurocup, too.
At home Haroldson interested in not Grand Zalgiris and modest clubs “Palanga” and “Navies” (kėdainiai). Then Saprykina tried to gain a foothold in Latvia “Liepaja”, but was not stuck. Ultimately basketball is brought to the fourth division of Italy.
In the Apennines Haroldas met a coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the sport in all corners of the globe. However, for Haroldas this moment was the high point. The guy always loved to perform trick shots and posted a video to his Instagram. After pandemic Haroldas went to Sicily, where his mother and three brothers. There he do what he likes much more.
It quickly brought results. Initially, the tricks of Haroldas noticed a simple network users, and then global brands. The international basketball Federation (FIBA), which oversees basketball around the world and organizes all international tournaments like the world Cup, Eurobasket and Olympic games, extended videos Saprykina in their social networks. Did Lithuanian famous in the world. His tricks have started to post the basketball Federation of Lithuania, instagram page basketball highlights House of Highlights, SportsCenter (both with the number of subscribers more than 18 million), Overtime (4 million subscribers) and other groups in social networks with millions of viewers. Popular Italian sports channel Sport Italia made about Harolds a separate program. Lithuanian movie stars and music started to publish videos of Saprykina in their social networks.
“I’m attracted attention. My throws repost, and comment on the people of South America, Africa, Asia. It’s nice that I became known not only in Lithuania, but all over the world. Comments under my videos are extra motivation,” says Saprykina.
Of course, ease and spectacular stunts on video Saprykina does not mean that in reality everything is going so smoothly. Sometimes trick-shot fails to comply within the number of minutes, but sometimes you have to spend a lot of time. Saprykina in their tricks uses not only the basketball Hoop, but other items, and uses different parts of the body (elbows, feet). In particular, trying to introduce basketball, soccer tricks, which is not so easy to do.
“Sometimes I implement the idea in five minutes, but sometimes I need a thousand attempts. I’m a basketball maniac, so I can spend hours to play basketball. I don’t like something that is easily achievable. When you finally score a heavy shot after so many attempts, then get a lot of pleasure and real joy,” said Saprykin.
Trick shots are not a novelty, but hardly anyone takes them as effectively as Saprykina. Lithuanian has attracted the attention of well-known brands, which invited him to participate in the global competition for the execution of such complex shots. In material terms he just won because the salary of the player in the fourth division of Italy does not clear up.
However, more and more difficult to come up with ideas for stunts. Therefore, Saprykina not shy to ask the user “Instagram” to send him tips and suggestions. “I will read messages and listen to suggestions,” says Haralds.
Anyway, with a frequency of one to two weeks Saprykina still publishes new tricks. Users do not get tired to admire them. “Fire”, “the Best I’ve seen!”, “Just a cosmic level!”, “The best trick in history”, “This can’t be real”, “my God, how cool is that!” — very common comments on the page of Haroldas of Saprykina.