Arturas Karnisovas is a Lithuanian professional basketball executive who currenly serves as the executive vice president of basketball operations of the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A former basketball player his playing career spanned 16 years long: Statyba Vilnius (1987-1990), Cholel (1994-1995), FC Barcelona (1995-1997), Olympiacos Piraeus (1997-1998), Fortitudo Bologna (1998-2000) and FC Barcelona (2000-2002).
Klaipeda, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union native, Arturas Karnisovas was born on 27th April 1971, under the star sign Gemini. The forty-nine years old holds a Lithuanian nationality. He stands 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) and weighs 103 kg (227 lb).
From basketball player to basketball executive, Arturas Karnisovas has made a great deal of money through his career. As of 2020, his net worth is estimated at $1 million.
Most recently, he was appointed the current executive vice president of basketball operations of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. According to the source, the typical NBA Vice President's salary is $201,525. Besides, he has previously held various positions such as general manager and international scout at various NBA teams.
Karnisovas is married to his wife, Gina for a long time now. The couple reportedly met at Seton Hall and dated for years before tying the knot. They share two sons: Eric and Michael.
The Karnisovas family previously resided in North Jersey and has found a new house in Englewood, Colorado.
Born to Lithuanian parents: Mykolas, a basketball player, and Irena. Further, Karnisovas began his basketball career in Lithuania, with Statyba Vilnius, while in high school, where he played until 1990. His father also played for Statyba and they are the only father-son duo to represent the team at some point in their careers.
After exposing his interest in playing and studying in the United States, Karnisovas received an invitation to play college basketball at Seton Hall University after a recommendation of Sarunas Marciulionis to Seton Hall head coach P.J. Carlesimo during the 1990 FIBA World Championship. Karnisovas was the first player from the USSR to play in an American college and arrived there without knowing English.
During his four years collegiate career, he helped the team win two Big East Tournaments and qualify for the NCAA Tournament four straight times, being the only player to start for all squads.
After going undrafted in the 1994 NBA draft, he played overseas until 2002. Upon retirement as a player, he landed a job at the NBA's basketball operations office from 2003-2008. Later, he became an international scout for the Houston Rockets for five years.
On 16th July 2013, he was appointed the assistant manager of the Denver Nuggets. On 15th June 2017, the Nuggets made Karnišovas their new general manager. His first notable signing as a general manager was a multi-year contract with Paul Millsap on July 13, 2017. On February 15, 2019, Karnišovas signed a multi-year contract extension with the Nuggets.
On 13th April 2020, Karnisovas became the executive vice president of basketball operations by the Chicago Bulls.
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