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Basketball club "Neptunas" – a representative men's basketball team in the city of Klaipeda with its deep tradition and history. In 1962 the old name still known as the "Food" team became champions of Lithuania. In 1964, the "Food" team was renamed to "Neptunas" and since then it does not change the team name to this day.

1966 Klaipeda "Neptunas" players won the Lithuanian Zalgiris Association championship, and in 1967 the same composition became vice-champion.

Since 1970 the team has been a lot of changes, changing coaches and players, and better results were achieved. In 1975 the city was the approval of the public began to take shape fundamentally new "Neptunas" basketball team which was in Klaipėda or Samogitian players who graduated from the Vilnius and Kaunas cities. It was a young and promising players, whose energy and determination came after a two-year sports results of which can be mentioned: Lithuanian spartakiada - occupied third place, in 1981. and 1982. became the newspaper "Sport" vice-champion in 1983, the Soviet Union Trade Unions (club team) champions.

In 1988, Fortune turned on the team and she fell from the Lithuanian league, but after 2 years again to be back. Creation of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) "Neptunas" was invited to the 8 best teams in Lithuania to participate in this league. Initially, good results could not boast of a team, but the experience and good team equipment gradually bore fruit.

In 2000–2001 regular season Klaipeda won third place. In 2006–2007 season "Neptunas" for the first time fell into LKL semi finals. In the fight for third place LKL championship Neptunas fought and the 20082009 season. Then put the Klaipėda only after a very dramatic fight lost the series "Siauliai" minimal difference 2:3.

First club medals in the modern era were won in 2012–2013 season (LKL bronze). In Lithuanian Cup competition (Royal Mindaugas Cup) 2016 Klaipeda also won first club bronze medals. In 2013–2014 and 2015–2016 seasons "Neptunas" has become Lithuanian basketball league (LKL) vice-champions.

"Neptunas" have successful expierence in top–level Europe tournaments – Euroleague, Eurocup, Baskeball Champions League.

"Neptunas" and later played for the team achieved good results in many famous basketball players: 1974. European Junior champion Algimantas Zelnys the Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​Atlanta and Sydney bronze medal winner Saul Štombergas and Eurelijus Zukauskas, 2003. European champion and first NBA neptūnietis Arvydas Macijauskas, 2004. Junior World Vice-Champion Martynas Mazeika, 2005. European Junior Vice-Champion Mantas Ruikis, 2005. World junior champion Vaidotas Pridotkas.

A lot of young players playing in Klaipeda cadets, juniors and young Lithuanian selected.

Young talent, a lot of effort into V.Knašiaus school basketball coaches, which complements the students' Neptunas team players' ranks.
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