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    Stuart can you try to created Polish players profiles? For example Igor Griszczuk or Maciej Zielinski - they are Polish basketball legends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHILIPeurobasket
    Stuart can you try to created Polish players profiles? For example Igor Griszczuk or Maciej Zielinski - they are Polish basketball legends!
    I can if you get me some information and some pictures.

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    hey stuart heres some info on horacio llamas i think he should be on their since he was our first in the NBA and has always been with mexico internationally

    Horacio Llamas Grey (born July 17, 1973 in Rosario in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico), better known plainly as Horacio Llamas, is a former NBA basketball player who is recognized by many as the best center that Mexico has ever produced.

    Llamas moved to the United States as a teenager. He played for two years at Pima Community College in Tucson,Arizona, where he earned Arizona Community College Athletic Conference All Conference honors his Freshman and Sophomore seasons. Instead of attending an NCAA college, like most NBA players, Llamas chose NCAA division II Grand Canyon University where he earned NCAA division II player of the year during his Senior season.

    Llamas had already made a mark on Mexican basketball when he graduated from Pima Community College: Having played in the Mexican league many years, he was named the Mexican national team's starting center, and he participated in such international events as the 1993 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

    When Llamas played at Pima Community College, he played well enough to make Phoenix Suns scouts feel impressed. In 1996, he was signed by the Suns. When he made his Suns debut, he made history by becoming the first Mexican to participate in an NBA game.

    Llamas had an impact in the Phoenix community, partly because of the large amount of Hispanics who live there. Soon after he began playing with the Suns, he was featured on the cover of the Suns' magazine, Fastbreak. Hoping to keep on bringing Hispanic fans to their home games, the Suns acquired Puerto Rico's Daniel Santiago soon after Llamas was released.

    Llamas played in 20 games during his debut season, scoring 34 points for an average of 1.7 points per game, with 18 rebounds for 0.9 rebounds per game and 4 assists, for 0.2 assists per game.

    During his second season, in 1997-98, he played in eight games, scoring 24 points for a total of 3.0 points per game, with 18 rebounds for a total of 2.3 rebounds per game, and 1 assist, for 0.1 assists per game.

    After 28 games in two seasons with the Suns, Llamas was released. His production totals may have been adversely affected by his not playing many minutes as a member of the Suns: in his 28 games, he only saw action a total of 143 minutes, for an average of 5 minutes played per game. On the other hand, local newspapers reported during his stint that his conditioning was said to be poor, at least initially.

    Llamas continued on playing basketball, playing in various international leagues as well as in the Mexican league. He participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, alongside Eduardo Nájera, among others.

    In 2004, Llamas tried to make a comeback to the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks had Santiago playing at center, however, and they decided not to sign Llamas.

    Currently, Horacio Llamas plays with Soles de Mexicali (Mexican league) since 2005

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    heres some pictures of horacio llamas






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    some stuff on omar quintero

    Full Name: Omar Quintero
    Position: Guard
    Height/Weight: 6-0 / 175
    Birthdate: September 26, 1981 (Mexico)
    High School:
    College: Southern Nazarene
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    Southern Nazarene
    Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
    2002-03 28 0 235 517 .455 137 168 .815 69 170 .406 113 89 33 2 676 24.1


    Career Highlights: Played one season for Southern Nazarene University, a NAIA Division I school in Bethany, Okla., before turning professional. In his one season, earned Third Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors. Currently playing for Fuerza Guinda de Nogales in the CIBACOPA league in Mexico, where he scored 47 and 41 points in his first two games.
    International Playing Experience: A member of the Mexican National Team who has represented his home country in several international competitions. Led the 2003 Tournament of the Americas in scoring (21.1 ppg), shooting .526 from the field, .450 from three-point range and .854 from the free throw line. Scored 21 points against the United States. Tallied 28 points, six rebounds and five assists against Venezuela. Recorded 27 points against Canada. Registered 21 points and six assists in a win over the Dominican Republic. At the 2003 Pan American Games, led Mexico with 27 points against the Dominican Republic. Helped lead Mexico to a 3-0 Group record and a third place finish at the 2003 Central American Championships. At the 2002 Global Games in Dallas, led the tournament in scoring (25.0 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (2.6 apg).

    Freshman (2002-03): At Southern Nazarene, averaged 24.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Led conference and ranked third in the nation in scoring. Recorded season-high 35 points, including 6-for-12 shooting behind three-point range, at Sterling College. Scored 33 points at Oklahoma City. Tallied 30 points and seven assists against Texas Wesleyan. Registered 31 points against Park University. Posted 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists at Southwest Assemblies of God. Led team with 32 points at St. Gregory’s.

    Strengths: A quick guard whose reputation as a scorer and shooter is well-deserved. Hard-nosed defender who puts good pressure on the ball.

    Career Notes
    Made his debut during the 1999-00 season with Universitat Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico)...signed for the 2001-02 season by Correcaminos UAT Victoria...played college basketball at St. Nazarene (2002-03) in the NAIA...moved to Venezuela for the 2004 season, signed by Toros de Aragua...back to Mexico, signed by Fuerza Guinda Nogales...moved to Spain for the 2004-05 season, signed by Taugres Saski Baskonia Vitoria.


    Miscellaneous
    Played the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Mexican LNBP All Star Game...has been member of the Mexican Under-21 National Team...member of the Mexican National Team...played at the 2001 Goodwill Games...played at the 2001 and 203 Tournament of the Americas...played at the 2003 Panamerican Games...won the silver medal at the 2001 Central American Championship...won the bronze medal at the 2003 Central American Championship.

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    Default Australia's Chris Anstey

    Major International: Olympic Games 2000 (Sydney, Australia), 2nd Goodwill Games 1998 (New York, USA), U/22 World Championships 1997 (Melbourne, Australia - gold medal and MVP).
    Played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA… selected in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by Portland… won the 2001 NBL Best Sixth Man award… selected to the 2001 All-NBL Second Team… finished second overall in blocked shots in 2001… won a gold medal with the Australian team at the U/22 World Championships in 1997… won the 1996 NBL Most Improved Player award… was part of 1996 South East Melbourne championship team… played in 1997 Grand Finals for the Magic… MVP for 1997 FIBA U/22 World Champions team, leading the Crocs to a gold medal… selected to 2002 All-NBL First Team… 2002 International Player of the Year… 2003 Uleb Cup MVP (Russia)… 2003 Russian Championship All-Star Five, All-Import Team, and Best Centre… 2004 and 2005 FIBA Europe League All-Star… won 2006 season MVP award … named 2006 Grand Final Series MVP … named in the 2006 All-NBL First Team … member of the 2006 NBL Aussie All-Star side.


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    Hey all, I have some basic profiles up for Horacio Llamas, Sean Marks, Pape Sow, Chris Anstey, Juan Vicens, Jurij Zdovc, Milt Palacio, Omar Quintero, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Luke Schenscher, and Shane Heal.... none of which are close to being finished, but wanted to let you know that they're up and ready to be updated, so any information you can give me will be super-helpful.

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    Pachin Vicens

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    Stuart special 4 you

    SERBIA / MONTENEGRO

    Radivoj Korac

    Even today he is considered to be one of the best players in the history of the European basketball. Radivoj Korac, known as "Zucko" was the best and most efficient player of the Yugoslav team in the sixties. He won with the Yugoslav team six medals - five silver medals and one bronze.
    He is remembered as an unsurpassable scorer. Playing for OKK Belgrade, versus Alvik Stockholm, in a match of European Champions' Cup in 1964 (OKK Belgrade won 155-57), "Zucko" scored incredible 99 points!
    Korac was three times in a best European selection, and even seven times he won the title of the best Yugoslav shooter. He will stay remembered also by his specific free-throws (see the picture).
    In June 1969, a life and basketball carrier of 31 years old Korac was stopped in a car crash. Shortly after this tragedy, a competition "Cup of Radivoj Korac" was established as a remembrance on this player who became a legend too early.


    Dragan Kicanovic



    Rato Tvrdic


    ITALY

    Pier Luigi Marzorati

    186-G-52
    Born September 12, 1952 in Figino Serenza (Ita)
    Profile: One of the best players in Italian Basketball, for sure the main player in the history of Pallacanestro Cantů. This last team decided to register him as an active player
    even for the 2006-07 season, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the club. In this occasion, Marzorati will wear again his shirt # 14, that had been retired in 1991.
    1969-1991 Cantů (ITA-A1) 692 games 8659 points
    Won 2 Italian Leagues, 2 Champions Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 4 Cup Winners Cups, 4 Korac Cups.
    Silver Medal OG -80
    Gold Medal EC -83
    Bronze Medal EC -71 -75 -85
    Played 278 games for Italian NT. Competed in 3 OG (1972, 1976, 1980) and 7 EC (1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983)


    Sandro Riminucci



    SPAIN

    Juan Antonio San Epifanio "EPI"

    His game was not elegant, his movements could look clumsy, but he was the real star of the mythical National Team that won the Silver Medal in Los Angeles. He was a decisive player, respected by all teams. His list of winners is impressive. He was the leader of the best spanish basketball generation.
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    Career
    - 1977-95 : F.C. Barcelona
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    Awards/Achievements:
    - League champion with el F.C.Barcelona in 1980-81, 1982-83, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1994-95 seasons
    - Cup champion with F.C.Barcelona in 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1990-91 and 1993-94 seasons
    - "Príncipe de Asturias" Cup champion with F.C.Barcelona in 1987-88 season
    - Spain champion junior with F.C. Barcelona in 1974-75 and 1976-77 seasons
    - Second at Europe Cup with F.C.Barcelona in 1983-84, 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons
    - "Recopa" champion with F.C.Barcelona in 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons
    - Second at "Recopa" with F.C.Barcelona at 1980-81 season
    - Korac Cup champion with F.C.Barcelona at 1986-87 season
    - "World clubs Cup" champion with F.C.Barcelona at 1984-85 season
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Los Angeles-84 Olympics Games
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Nantes-83 Europe Championship
    - Bronze medal with Spanish National Team at Roma-91 Europe Championship
    - Silver medal with Spanish Junior National Team at Roseto-78 Europe
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    - Bronze medal with Spanish National Team at Santiago de Compostela-76 Europe Championship
    - School World champion with "Colegio Alpe" from Barcelona


    Andres Jimenez

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    He was a serious player when it was game's time, his most developed skill was his concentration. He spent his whole career improving his skills. Jimenez start to play when he was 15 and became one of the best tall men in the league.
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    Career:
    - 1978-83 : Cotonificio Badalona
    - 1983-86 : Joventut Badalona
    - 1986-98 : F.C. Barcelona
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    Awards/Achievements:
    Spanish Junior National Team -79
    Spanish National Team -82-93
    European Championships for Juniors in Damascus -79(3)
    Olympic Games in Los Angeles -84(2)
    Olympic Games - 92
    World Championships -86,90
    European Championships in Nantes -83(2)
    Korac Cup Winner -87
    Spanish ACB Champion -87, 88, 89, 90, 95, 96, 97
    Spanish Cup Winner -87, 88, 91, 94
    Spanish ACB All-Stars -87
    "Príncipe de Asturias" Cup champion with F.C.Barcelona -88
    Europe Cup Finalist (with F.C.Barcelona) -90, 91, 96, 97


    Fernando Martin

    Fernando Martin was the first Spanish player that reached NBA. He was a powerful center that outstanded at scoring and rebounding, always played with heart, and won a lot of titles with Real Madrid, setting records in this club, like averaged points in a season (23,34). He died when his car crashed, at 12/03/89
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    Career
    1979-1980 : Estudiantes Mudespa
    1981-1982 : Real Madrid
    1982-1983 : Real Madrid
    1983-1984 : Real Madrid
    1984-1985 : Real Madrid
    1985: Drafted by New Jersey, second round, pick 38
    1985-1986 : Real Madrid
    1987-1988 : Real Madrid
    1988-1989 : Real Madrid
    1989-1990 : Real Madrid
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    Awards/Achievements:
    - League Champion with Real Madrid in 1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons
    - Cup Champion with Real Madrid in 1984-85, 1985-86 and 1988-89 seasons
    - Second at Europe Cup with Real Madrid in 1984-85 season
    - "Recopa" Champion with Real Madrid in 1983-84 and 1988-89 seasons
    - Second at "Recopa" with Real Madrid in 1981-82 and 1989-90 seasons
    - Korac Cup Champion with Real Madrid at 1987-88 season
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Los Angeles-84 Olympics Games
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Nantes-83 Europe Championiship
    - Bronze medal with Spanish Junior National Team at Damasco-79


    Juan Antonio Corbalan

    Probably the best Spanish playmaker of 70's and 80's years. He has great balllhandligs skills, Get a lot of titles for Real Madrid and his love for basketball makes him return to courts with Forum when he had spent two years retired. The best achivement: the silver medal at Los Angeles-84 Olympics Games.
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    Career:
    - 1971-88 : Real Madrid
    - 1988-90 : Inactive
    - 1990-91 : Forum Valladolid
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    Awards/Achievements:
    - League champion with Real Madrid in 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons
    - Cup champion with Real Madrid in 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1976-77, 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons
    - Europe Cup champion with el Real Madrid in 1973-74, 1977-78 and 1979-80 seasons
    - Second at Europe Cup with Real Madrid in 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1984-85 seasons
    - "Recopa" champion with Real Madrid in 1983-84 season
    - Second at "Recopa" with Real Madrid in 1981-82 season
    - Korac Cup champion with Real Madrid en la temporada 1987-88
    - Intercontinental Cup champion with Real Madrid in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons
    - "World clubs Cup" champion with Real Madrid in 1980-81 season
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Los Angeles-84 Olympics Games
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Nantes-83 Europe Championship


    Antonio Diaz Miguel

    He was a pioneer. He traveled many times to the USA in order to learn the most moderns tactics and apply them to Spanish basketball. If Antonio Diaz Miguel did not exist, basketball would not be probably such important in Spain. He is a member of Springfield Hall of Fame
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    Career:
    1962-66 : Aguilas Bilbao
    1965-92 : Spanish National Team
    1993-94 : Clear Cantú
    1996-97 : Pool Getafe (Female League)
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    Awards/Achievements:
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Los Angeles-84 Olympics Games
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Barcelona-73 Europe Championship
    - Silver medal with Spanish National Team at Nantes-83 Europe Championship
    - League Champion wit Pool Getafe in 1996-97 season
    - Cup Champion wit Pool Getafe in 1996-97 season


    Pedro Ferrandiz

    He was a mythical coach. Ferrandiz got his "Coach Title" by a correspondence course and then he took a position of head coach of Real Madrid and hold it for 14 years. After coaching career, he become a member of the board of directors of the club. He was also Spanish National Team coach. There are lot of stories and anecdotes about him.
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    Career:
    1957-59: Hesperia
    1959-62: Real Madrid
    1965: Spanish National Team
    1966-1975: Real Madrid
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    Awards/Achievements:
    - League champion in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975 seasons
    - Cup Champion in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975 seasons
    - Europe Cup Champion in 1965, 1967, 1968 y 1974 seasons


    Stuart rest will be later Rest great players from all World

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    Wow i love all of this info.....man i was wondering how i found this website and still have no clue how i got here haha i love it though so many great players from all over the world *two thumbs up*

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    I definitely have Epi, Corbalan, and Kicanovic in my sights, and already have a profile created for Fernando Martin a long time ago.

    I've recently started profiles for Sasha Djordcevic, Stojko Vrankovic, and Aleksandr Volkov. Again, none of them are finished and if you have any good info on them, send it over (I prefer photos of at least 230x300)

    Check out the player database, we're at 235 profiles!

    http://www.interbasket.net/players/list.htm

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    I just checked some profiles, and I think you should change Stoyan Vrankovic into Stojan.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Koncak View Post
    That's funny shit.I cant believe there are sports fans thinking like it.It's like Federer losing to random Japanese player in round 1 of French Open but tournament director stepping in and saying "hey it was a fluke win who wants to watch a random Japanese guy in next round,Federer qualifies"

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    CROATIA

    Kresimir Cosic

    211-C
    (November 26, 1948 - March 25, 1995) was a professional basketball player.
    He was born in Zagreb and raised in Zadar. He was the first foreign player to earn All-America honors by United Press International, garnering them in 1972 and 1973. He played for Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1973. After his college career, he rejected several professional offers and returned home to Croatia.
    Ćosić played in four Olympic Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980 in Moscow when he led his team to the gold medal. He previously led Yugoslavia to a pair of World Championship gold medals in 1970 and 1978.
    Following his playing days, he turned to coaching, and led the former Yugoslav team to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Ćosić became only the third international player ever elected to the world's Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball.
    In the years following basketball he worked in the USA as a Croatian diplomat at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.

    Brigham Young University (1971-73)

    College Playing Highlights:

    First foreign player to earn All-America honors in both 1972 and 1973 by United Press International, Converse,
    Street & Smiths and the Helms Foundation
    All-District Seven (1972, 1973)
    All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) First Team (1971, 1972, 1973)
    Upon graduation, held six WAC records
    Named to the WAC All-Decade Team (1974)
    Played in prestigious East-West college All-Star Game (1973)
    Drafted by the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and the ABA's Carolina Cougars (1973)
    Led BYU in scoring as a junior (22.3 ppg) and senior (20.2 ppg)
    Second all-time rebounder (919, 11.6 rpg) and among top 10 scorers (1,512 points)
    Led BYU to the NCAA Regional Finals (1971, 1972)
    Led BYU to a pair of WAC titles (1971, 1972)
    International Playing:

    KK Zadar (1964-69, 1973-75)
    KK Cibona (1980-83)
    International Playing Highlights:

    Played in four Olympic Games (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980)
    Led Cibona to a gold medal (1980), and Zadar to silver medals (1968, 1976)
    Led Cibona to a pair of World Championship gold medals (1970, 1978) and three European titles
    Earned First Team All-European honors seven times
    Played for two-time Italian champions Virtus Bologna (1979, 1980)
    Led Virtus Bologna to a third place in European Cup of Champions (1980)
    International Coaching:

    Coached the former Yugoslavian team to a 7th place in the 1985 Europeans, 3rd in the 1986 Worlds and 3rd in the 1987 Europeans.
    Bio:
    A hero on and off the court in his native homeland of Croatia, Kresimir Cosic's decision to attend Brigham Young University paved the way for international basketball players to come to America to hone their basketball skills at the collegiate level. Cosic, a 6-foot-11 center who was equally effective playing near the basket and on the perimeter, enrolled at BYU in 1970 after leading the former Yugoslavia to an Olympic silver medal in 1968. He is the first foreign player to earn All-America honors. The versatile big man led BYU to the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals and two Western Athletic Conference (WAC) titles in 1971 and 1972. Cosic led the Cougars in scoring (22.3 ppg) and rebounding (13.0 rpg) in his junior year and again in scoring in his senior year (20.2 ppg). In his a three-year collegiate career, Cosic compiled 1,512 points (19.1 ppg) and grabbed the second most rebounds in BYU history (919 rebounds, 11.6 rpg). His combination of shooting skills and aggressive rebounding made him an All-America selection following his junior season and a WAC First Team All-Star in each of his three years.
    After his outstanding college career, Cosic rejected several pro offers, and instead returned home to Croatia, where his career continued to catapult. He played in four Olympic Games (1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980) and guided his team to the Gold Medal in 1980. Cosic led the former Yugoslavia to a pair of World Championship gold medals in 1970 and 1978. A seven-time First-Team All European selection, Cosic was a member of the former Yugoslavian team that won three European titles. Following his playing days, Cosic turned his talents to coaching, and led the former Yugoslavian team to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. A member of the BYU Hall of Fame, Cosic's years of hard work and commitment to his native land were rewarded with the presentation of the Freedom Award. The Award was presented to recognize Cosic's outstanding contributions to the principles of democracy and freedom. In the years following basketball, Cosic worked in the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C. On May 25, 1995, after a year-long battle with a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Cosic passed away. He was 46.


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    BOSNIA

    Mirza Delibasic

    a native of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains the best Bosnian basketball player ever. Mirza Delibasic "Kindje" led his club Bosna, Sarajevo to the Euroleague championship in 1979. After leaving Bosna, Delibasic went to Spain where he (along with Juan Corballan, Wayne Brabender, Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis) is considered to be one of the best players ever to play for the "royal club" Real Madrid. An route to a place among the European greatest players, Kindje has won everything there was to win including Olympic gold in 1980, European gold three times, World Championship gold in 1978 plus many titles in European club competitions. In addition to having played together for their national team, Mirza Delibasic and Drazen Dalipagic have also played together for Real Madrid. Their performance in a 1981 Euroleague game vs. Cibona in Zagreb is only one of the many highlights of their careers. The Bosnian duo, Delibasic-Dalipagic, known as a DD-duo, put on a show that night that no true basketball fan who watched the game will ever forget. Mirza Delibasic scored 33 and Dalipagic 30 points. The game appropriately finished with a two-on-one fastbreak with Kindje making a behind-the-back fake pass to Praja and passing by a defender for a two-handed dunk at the buzzer. Cibona fans put aside their team loss and showed their appreciation for Bosnian stars` performances with standing ovations at the end of the game. Four years ago, Mirza Delibasic was selected the sportsman of the 20th century in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


    ISRAEL

    Tal Brodi

    191-G
    Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1943.
    As a jew, he came to Israel 1965 and soon became Israel’s first modern-day sports hero. In 1967, the New Jersey-born basketball star was named Israel's Sportsman of the Year after leading the Maccabi-Tel Aviv team to a second place finish in the European Cup Basketball Championship. Brody led Maccabi to its first ever European Cup Championship in 1977. He won with Maccabi Tel Aviv 10 Israeli Championships and 6 Israeli State Cups.

    Tal Brody came to Israel to play basketball in the Maccabiah Games of 1965. He caught the attention of Maccabi Tel-Aviv team managers and Israeli government officials as he led the U.S. team to victory and the Gold Medal that came with it.
    Tal didn't realize it at the time, but his love affair with Israel had begun. He tried to return to his life as one of the highest ranked basketball players in the U.S.A., but Israel was on his mind. It's no wonder since he was being courted and wooed by Israel's top officials, including Moshe Dayan himself, to return and help promote the sport in Israel.
    Tal made Aliyah to Israel the following year and started planting the seeds that would produce the greatest Basketball team Israel had ever had. The attraction was mutual - we fell in love with Tal's outstanding attitude and he fell in love with the vibrancy of life in Israel, and what he felt he could do with it. This has been an on-going affair for thirty years now and his promotion of Israel has spread to legendary proportions.


    Mickey Berkowitz

    192-G
    Was born in 1954.
    He’s considered the greatest israeli player of all time, and an incredible winner. He played 17 seasons in Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning 17 Israeli Championships, 13 Israeli State Cups and 2 European Cup Championships. He also played for one season in Las Vegas College, 4 season in Rishon Letzyon, one season in Hapoel Jerusalem and on in Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    He played more league games than anyone else, 469, and he also played 165 times in the Israel NT, in 7 European Championships.
    - He's number 3 in the all time top scorers of the israeli league with 8326 points.
    - He has 2 sons, both are playing basketball, Roy in Ramat Hasharon and Niv in Marquette of the NCAA.
    - He was named Israel's Sportsman of the year in 1975
    - In the early 80's he had offers from the NBA (Atlanta Hawks and New Jersey Nets), and he could have been the first israeli in the NBA, but a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv stood in the way.
    - He quit in 94/95.


    Doron Jamchy

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    The best Israeli shooter of all time, and one of its greatest players. Israel’s top scorer of all times, with 4224 points. Won 11 Israeli Championships with Maccabi Tel Aviv and 7 Israeli State Cups. Also played for 3 seasons in Rishon Letzyon.
    He scored 3187 points for Maccabi Tel Aviv in European Cups, second only to Miki Berkowitz. In the NT he scored 3364 points, in 6 European Championships.
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    Career:
    Maccabi Ramat Gan
    1990-1991: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cap,1T)
    1991-1992: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cap,1T)
    1992-1993: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cap,1T)
    1993-1994: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cap,1T)
    1994-1995: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cap,1T)
    1995-1996: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cap,1T)
    1996-1997: Maccabi Rishon (1T)
    1997-1998: Maccabi Rishon (1T): 20.7ppg, 2apg
    1998-1999: Maccabi Rishon (1T,cap), left the team in Jan.'1999: 13games: Score-1(20.9), 2.2rpg
    1999-2000: Maccabi Tel-Aviv: signed during the season
    2000-reired
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    Awards/Achievements:
    Israeli National Team -85-97
    European Championships -95
    Israeli League Champion -82-92,94-95,00
    Israeli Cup Winner -00
    Euroleague Finalist -00


    Nadav Henefeld

    201-F-68
    Date of Birth: 19 Jun 1968; Place of Birth: Ramat Gan/Tel Aviv
    102kg / 224lbs
    Considered to be israel’s greatest defensive player of all time.
    Started his career in Galil Elyon and played there for 2 seasons. Played for one season in Conneticut University where he led the team to the quarter final of the NCAA tournament , before coming back to Israel, to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Played for 12 seasons in Maccabi Tel Aviv, winning 11 Israeli Championships and 7 Israeli State Cups. He also won with the team the Suproleague Cup in 00/01. Played 5 European Championships with the NT.
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    Career:
    Hapoel Galil Elyon
    1989-1990: Connecticut (NCAA): 11.6ppg, 9.6rpg
    1990-1991: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1991-1992: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1992-1993: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1993-1994: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1994-1995: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T): Euroleague: 8.4ppg, 5.7rpg, ISR League: 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg
    1995-1996: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1996-1997: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T,cap)
    1997-1998: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T,cap): 8ppg, 4rpg, 2.2apg
    1998-1999: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T,cap): 8.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg
    1999-2000: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    2000-2001: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T): 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg; Suproleague: 8.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg
    2001 -signed 2-years contract extension with Maccabi Tel-Aviv
    2001-2002: Maccabi Tel-Aviv: $400,000: DNP
    2002: retired
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    Awards/Achievements:
    BEC 3rd Team -90
    BEC Rookie of the Year -90
    Israeli National Team -95-00(cap)
    European Championships -95,97,99
    Israeli League Champion -95,98,99,00,01,02
    Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year -96-00
    Israeli Cup Winner -99,00,01,02
    Euroleague Finalist -00
    Israeli Leumit A All-Star Game -01
    Suproleague Champion -01
    Israeli State Cup Winner -01
    Euroleague Semifinals -02
    Israeli League All-Defensive Team -02
    Israeli Premier League All-Star Game -03 (despite his retirement)


    Adi Gordon

    181-G-66
    Outlook:
    One of Israel’s greatest players, and the symbol of Hapoel Jerusalem. An excellent shooter and passer, and a tremendous leader and winner.
    Was the assists leader of the Israeli League 4 times.
    He started his career in Hapoel Haifa, but played most of his season in Hapoel Jeruslaem, with whom he won 2 Israeli State Cups.
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    Career:
    Maccabi Hadera (juniors)
    1984-1989: Maccabi Haifa
    1989-1990: Hapoel Haifa: "3"-1(54.1)
    1990-1991: Hapoel Galil Elyon
    1991-1992: Maccabi Rishon: Assists-1(6.1)
    1992-1993: Hapoel Jerusalem: Assists-1(6.7)
    1993-1994: Hapoel Jerusalem: Assists-1(5.9)
    1994-1995: Hapoel Holon: $200,000
    1995-1996: Hapoel Jerusalem (1T,cap): Assists-1(5.6)
    1996-1997: Hapoel Jerusalem (1T,cap)
    1997-1998: Hapoel Jerusalem (1T,cap): 9.4ppg, 3.2apg
    1998->retired
    1999 -asked by Hapoel Jerusalem to join back the team, but refused
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    Awards/Achievements:
    Israeli National Team -87-97
    European Championships -87,93,95
    Israeli League MVP -97
    Israeli League Finalist -96,97
    Israeli Cup Winner -97

    Oded Katash

    192-G-74
    Date of Birth: 10 Oct 1974; Place of Birth: Ramat Gan (ISR)

    Probably the best talent that grew in Israel, and and the best point guard of this country. Had a fantastic dribbling, could shoot from anywhere and an almost unstoppable penetration. Got injured in the middle of the 00/01 and didn’t play basketball from then. Currently he’s the General Manager of Galil Elyon.
    Started his career in Maccabi Ramat Gan, and then was transferres to Galil Elyon. He signed in Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 95/96 season, and soon became the leader of the team. He signed for Panathinaikos Athens in the 99/00 season.
    He won 4 Israeli Championships and one Israeli State Cup. With Panathinaikos he won a Euroleague Cup, and 2 Greek League Championships.
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    Career:
    1990-1991: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (2nd team)
    1992-1993: Maccabi Ramat Gan
    1994-1995: Hapoel Galil Elyon (1T)
    1995-1996: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1996-1997: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T)
    1997-1998: Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1T): 20.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.6apg
    1998-1999: New York Knicks (NBA), due to NBA lockout in Oct.'98 came back to Maccabi Tel-Aviv: 16.1ppg, 5apg, 2.3rpg
    1999-2000: Panathinaikos Athens (GRE): 9.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.1apg, Euroleague: 9.9ppg
    2000-2001: Panathinaikos Athens (GRE): $1.25million: out of the court since Sep.'00 due to injuries, lost whole season: did not play any game in the league; Suproleague: 4.9ppg, 1.5rpg
    2001: Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) try outs
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    Awards/Achievements:
    Israeli Under22 NT-95-96
    Israeli League Champion-91-92,94-95,96, 98,99
    Israeli National Team -95-00
    European Championships -95,97(Score-1),99
    European Championships Under22 -96
    Israeli League MVP -98
    All-Israeli League 1st Team -98
    Israeli Cup Winner -99
    All-All-Israeli League 1st Team -99
    Euro All-Star Game - Moscow'99
    Euroleague Champion -00
    Greek League Champion -00,01
    Greek All-League 2nd Team -00
    Greek All-Bosman Player of the Year -00
    Suproleague Finalist -01
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    Head Coach:
    2004-2005: Hapoel Galil Elyon (Premier L.)

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    Jurij Zdovc

    195-G-66
    Born: Dec.13, 1966
    Outlook:
    JURE IS EUROPE'S NUMBER ONE DEFENSIVE PLAYER. HE IS CAPABLE OF DISRUPTING THE OTHER TEAM'S OFFENSE. HE MAKES GREAT DECISIONS ATTHE POINT GUARD POSITION BUT HE CAN ALSO SCORE FROM THE TWO POSITION.
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    Career:
    Till 1984: Comet Slovenske Konjice
    1983-1984: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1984-1985: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1985-1986: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1986-1987: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1987-1988: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1988-1989: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1989-1990: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1990-1991: Olimpija Ljubljana
    1991-1992: Knorr Bologna (ITA-A1)
    1992-1993: Limoges (FRA-ProA)
    1993: was tested by New York Knicks (NBA)
    1993-1994: Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE): Assist-3
    1994-1995: Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE)
    1995: was close to sign with Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) but finally signed 2-years contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki for $1.1mln
    1995-1996: Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE)
    1996-1997: started the season with Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) but in Jan.'97 signed by Racing Paris (FRA-ProA) to replace injured Paspalj, but ineligible for EuroCups, in April was injured
    1997-1998: signed with Tofas Bursa (TUR): 13ppg, 7rpg, 2.5apg, but at the beginning of season (after 2 games) retired due to spain injury and joined Comet (A2) as a coach
    1998-1999: Olimpija Ljubljana (1T): 10.3ppg, 1.4apg
    1999-2000: Olimpija Ljubljana (1T)
    2000-2001: Panionios Athens (GRE): 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-4(3.1)
    2001 - signed 2-years contract with Union Olimpija Ljubljana
    2001-2002: Union Olimpija Ljubljana (1T): Euroleague stats: 18games: 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg, 0.9bpg; Slovenian League: 10games: 11.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg; Adriatic League: 13games: 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg
    2002-2003: Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (1T): FIBA Champions Cup: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg; Slovenian 1A League: 2games: 25.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg: left in Dec.'02 due to team financial problems, then joined Croatia Osiguranje Split (CRO-A1): Adriatic League: 3games: 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg, 3.0spg; Croatian League: 16games: 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg
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    Awards/Achievements:
    Yugoslavian National Team -86-91 (83 matches)
    World Championships for Juniors -83
    European Championships for Cadets -83 (1st)
    European Championships for Juniors 84 (3rd)
    Olympic Games -88(2)
    World Championships -90(1)
    Slovenian National Team -92-01
    European Championships -89(1), 91(1), 93,95,97,99
    Greek All-Star Game -97
    Euro All-Star Game - 97
    Slovenian All-Star Game -99,00
    Slovenian Cup Winner -99,00,02
    Slovenian League Champion -99
    Adriatic League Champion -02
    Croatian League Champion -03
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    2003-2004: In Nov.'03 was hired by Krka Telekom Novo Mesto


    Ivo Daneu

    (Born: 6.10.1937, Maribor)
    (guard) - 209 games for ex-YUG (from 1956-1970)
    OG 60, 64, runner-up 68
    WC runner-up 63, runner-up and MVP 67, champion (captain) 70,
    EC 57, 59, runner-up 61, bronze medal 63, runner-up 65, runner-up 67, runner-up 69
    EUROPEAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP semi-finals 62 (he scored 45 pts vs. Real Madrid), final-four 67,
    YUG champion 57, 59, 61, 66, 70,
    THE BEST SPORTSMEN OF EX-YUG 67
    head coach of Olimpija 1970/71
    his wife Katja Kac-Daneu played 5 games for ex-YUG (1958)
    his son Jaka played for SLO NT and won European Cup 94.
    Teams: Branik Maribor (1949-1956) Olimpija (1956-1970), Rudar Trbovlje (1976)

    Those permanent spectators of games in Tivoli know it is one face they will never miss when Union Olimpija plays an international game. Ivo Daneu always seats on one of the stands, the one that borders on the hockey part of the hall. There it is the legendary player who has been written the history of Ljubljana's, Slovenian, Yugoslavian and World basketball. A real artist on the court, eternal sportsman in his soul, and a person that entered the Slovenian National history when he proposed the referendum for the secession from ex-Yugoslavia in the National Assembly in 1990. He always seats more or less at the same place, with his back turned against the hockey hall where he and his teammates started the golden era of the Yugoslavian basketball in 1970. By the interesting coincidence he seats just a wall from the hall where he was the first one in the history on the Yugoslavian basketball who raised the World Trophy in the air, the same trophy that still goes from hand to hand, from one Champion to another at every WC.
    Many still think Daneu has not been seriously learining his basketball alphabet until he joined Olimpija. But he came in Ljubljana when he already had 19 years old after five years of practicing with Branik from Maribor. It was in Maribor where he was noticed by legendary Aleksandar Gec whose sharp eye had seen a rare gift that only top players posses. Daneu begun to practise basketball by a coincidence. While he was watching a football pratcice as a child the ball hit him in the head with such a strength that he fainted away and taht decided his future.
    It was Gec who recomended him to national head-coach Aca Nikolic who decided to give the jewel from Maribor a chance he never had a reason to regret. Daneu was the first player in NT from regional league and the Capitain of teh national team for some years in the 60's, he gathered eight medals from the biggest competitions but he never accepted invitations of foreign teams. He turned down Real from Madrid among others and spent no less then 14 years with Olimpija. Buit his career never suffered because of that. His reputation of a 'executioner' was so firm that he had a permanent place at the list of national head-coaches Aca Nikolic and Ranko Zeravica for more then ten years.
    He made key points in the last four seconds of the game with USA at the World Championship in Rio de Janeiro 1963, he also decided the game between Olimpija and Partizan in Belgrade in the same year when he hit in the last second. He was very obstinate as more or less every champion is, he relied on his refined feeling for the ball, he did not always follow the instructions of the coach if he felt his throw will be successful. He played for the first time at the EC already in 1957, getting its first medal with silver at the EC in Belgrade 1961. He added bronze in Wroclaw 1963 and two silvers in 1965 (Moscow) and in 1969 (Neapel). He was second at the World Championship in Rio de Janeiro 1963 and also four years later in Montevideo. It was Montevideo where he was also the MVP of the Championship what was named for the best sportsman in Yugoslavia at that very same year.
    Master among all masters from Tivoli, who took of his T-shirt on that very euphoric year 1970 after he won the Yugoslavian national Championship with Olimpija, played at six European Championships, three World Championships and as many Olympic Games. Daneu was the one who has been broken the new ground. He was the pioneer in the true meaning of this sense. He was in Olimpija's team when the latter won the first Yugoslavian trophy in 1957, he was member of the Yugoslavian selection which took the first World title, he was MVP of the World Championship in Chile in 1967 … The opus of his achievements is amazing, that is way it was quite amazing he never seriously tried to became a coach. He only once, in 1970/71 took over the wheel of Olimpija and never again.


    Peter Vilfan

    Peter Vilfan (Born: 29.06.1957, Maribor)
    (guard, 190 cm)- 121 games for ex-YUG (from 1977-1983), 21 games for SLO and he was first captain (1992), SLO NT assistant coach EC 95
    WC champion 78, bronze medal 82,
    EC bronze medal 79, silver medal 81, 83,
    SLO champion 92, SLO Cup 92;
    head coach of Union Olimpija 1995/95
    his daughter Anja is playing for SLO NT.
    Teams: ZKK Maribor (1972-1977), Jugoplastika Split (1977-1979), Olimpija (1979-1985), Partizan Belgrade (1985/86), Olimpija (1986-) Postojna, Olimpija (-1992)
    In first exYU league he scored 58 points (against Bosna) and in ex YU 1.B League he scored 78 points (against Sibenka)

    When Maribor put together a youth team in xxx, it did not overlook a 15-year-old boy, who already attracted the attention of the surroundings with his basketball tricks. The coach soon took him with when the team left for the game in Celje and there were probably nobody on the bus that was happier at that time then the newcomer was. His eyes were shining showing big expectations that has been springing up inside him waiting for the first minutes on the court since entering the world of 'adults'. But the coach did not remember him during the first half and after the half time the boy stayed in the locker-room. Nobody noticed. He was waiting. Angry, affected, offended, asking himself why the hell did they take him with. After a few minutes he packed his belongings and took the first bus for Maribor ...
    Stubborn, headstrong, decided. That is what Peter Vilfan was like, being borned on June 29th 1957, growing later in one of the most recognizable faces of yugo-basket, reaching one of his peaks at the World Championship 1978 in Manila and therefore continuing the path Bassin, Daneu, Jelovac and others already walker through in one of world's strongest National Championships. Those who followed his career like to say he is full of different ideas. Skilful in talking, some would label him in another way. Inventive, affirm the thirds. Vilfan has thousand and one characteristics and a full bag of anecdotes.
    After he rushed back to Maribor fuming with anger, his career rapidly took the way up. In 1974 he won bronze with the cadet's national team at the European Championship and gold at the Balcan's Championship. He was improving his skills in his home town Maribor, in his firstclub Železničar, waiting for the appropriate moment when Olimpija, which was the strongest club in Slovenia at that time, will invite him in Ljubljana. But everything then turned different to expectations. While being at the preparations in Porec in 1977, Petar Skansi, Rato Tvrdic, Vinko Bajrovic, Zeljko Jerkov and Duje Krstulovic knocked on his door and after only 20 minutes the ambitious youngster had a signed contract in his hands – a contract with Jugosplastika, one of the biggest basketball institutions in ex-Yugoslavia. After Vilfan made 45 points in the game against Maccabi, his career was sealed.
    Basketball gourmets found a new talent, coached discovered a jewel that only a year later played side by side with Dragan Kicanovic, Zoran Slavnic, Mirza Delibasic. He was a prototype for an excellent point-guard. He had an incredible feeling for dribbling, being very fast and unpredictable he was capable to outwit every opponent in defense and was at the same time able to play also as a shooting guard. The most difficult tasks in offense were also something he did not have a slight problem to deal with.
    The 'notorious' Manila came that very same year. World Championship. The world trophy. The boy from the main city of Stajerska crowned his gigantic steps with the gold medal, which he still considers as his most important achievement in his career. There is no strange that the bronze he took at the EC a year later was then only a bitter disappointment for him. He expected more. Instead he hot the invitation of Olimpija and after two seasons, spent in Dalmacija, he returned to Slovenia. He also expected to play at the Olympic Games in Moscow 1980 although he was called-up to serve the obligatory service in the army that year. He came to Sarajevo on the same day as the national team did. He reported to barracks, thinking that the call-up to the sports squad was just something written on a paper and that a place in the team is waiting for him. But officers just laughed at him when he was trying to explain he is a player not a soldier. He then followed basketball games in Moscow only by the television. In 1981 he took silver at the EC in Prague, a year later a bronze at the World Championship in Brasile followed.
    He went from Maribor to Jugoplastika, Olimpija, Partizan, Smelt Olimpija and Postojna during his club's career before returning in Tivoli where he was playing for 12 years. He stayed there until March 21st 1993 when he followed other famous Slovenian players and took off his T-shirt with number 12 at the back forever. But that was not his farewell from basketball by far. He tried himself as a coach latter, opened his own basketball school while his real pleasure is currently a microphone. He works as a commentator at the national television. And since the faith has not been inclined to him for the Moscow 1980, he will have the opportunity to enjoy the olympic spirit this season – in Athens. As a TV commentator ...

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    Dariusz Zelig

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    Coach and former exceptional player of Slask Wroclaw, with many Polish Championship titles, 6 times participant in European Championships, participated in 1980 Olympic games in Moscow.
    Born Nov.22, 1957 in Koszalin. Son of Stefan Zelig and Petronelia Litwin.In 1976 graduated from XI High School in Gdansk.
    Between 1972-1993 played for AZS, Baltic Koszalin, Wybrzeże Gdańsk, Śląsk Wrocław, Sunnair Ostenda (Belgium), SSV Ulm (Germany) and finally went back to Śląsk Wrocław, where he finished his career.
    Zelig was coached by Stefan Stanisław Olejniczak and Mieczysław Łopatka (national team coaches: Jerzy Świątek, Andrzej Kuchar and Arkadiusz Koniecki).
    One of the three Polish players, together with Eugeniusz Kijewski and Mieczysław Młynarski who reached European level in 1980s.
    Linked to Slask Wroclaw greatest years, when the club was unquestionable leader in Poland.
    Great attitude as a player. Real team leader. Working hard in both defense and offense. Great shooter. Lead Slask Wroclaw to 7 championship titles (1979-1981, 1987, 1991-1993) and once Belgian champion with Oostende.
    He was also a leader of Polish National team where played between 1977-1992. Played in 236 international games, where scored 3,404 points.
    Played 6 times in European Championships: 1979 Torino (7), 1981 Praha (7), 1983 Nantes (9), 1985 Stuttgart (11), 1987 Athens (7), 1991 Roma (7).

    Edward Jurkiewicz
    One of the most talented scorers in the history of Polish basketball. Famous player of Wybrzeze Gdansk and national team (195 games and 4,114 points). Participated in the Olympic games in Mexico in 1968.
    Born on January 22, 1948 in Puszcz Gdanski. The son of Witold Jozef and Stefania Ciesielska. As a player (195cm, 90kg) played for AZS Gdańsk, Legia Warszawa and Wybrzeże Gdańsk, where was coached by: Mieczysław Kozłowski, Stefan Majer and Jan Rudelski (national team coach Witold Zagórski). Like all other boys in Pruszcz he played soccer. At the age of 15 (1963) he was discovered by soccer coach Grzegorz Polakow,who was impressed with his huge hands. He was able to hold soccer ball in the way others would hold tennis ball.Jurkiewicz started his basketball career at AZS Gdansk (coach M. Kozłowski), where he was discovered as a player with best shooting skills in the history of Polish basketball. However after many years other experts admitted that his skills were supported by very hard work at practices and shooting sessions. He practiced at the club basketball court, where he was first to arrive, and leave when arena was closing for the day. In his backyard his father assembled a basket board for him. Even during his army duties, he was practicing his shooting skills at night on the court by 29 Listopada street. When he was at home, after his daily shooting practices, he worked on his vertical jump (500 jumps per day on the nearby canal).

    Mieczyslaw Lopatka
    Mieczyslaw Lopatka, a legendary player of Slask Wroclaw, was one the best centers in Europe in sixties. He was the best scorer of the 1967 World Championships in Uruguay. He didnt can go to NBA, because in Poland was bed political sitiation. Mieczyslaw led Slask Wroclaw to two domestic league titles as a player, and four as a coach. He is father of Miroslaw Lopatka, who play now in Hungary, where is a league star. Miroslaw was great talent, but he doesnt play like his father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matiz
    I just checked some profiles, and I think you should change Stoyan Vrankovic into Stojan.
    Noted. I knew that actually, but I think I subconsciously wrote "Stoyan" only because I recently met someone with that name.

    Thanks Philip, there are so many great names that are still missing from our list.

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    Default Australia: Shane "Hammer" Heal

    Name: Shane Heal
    Nickname: "Hammer"
    Born: September 6, 1970, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Basketball Australia)
    Status: Active
    Origin: Australia
    Height: 182 cm
    Weight: 81kg
    Junior Association: Nunawading Basketball Club
    Drafted: Not drafted
    Languages: English
    Website: InterBasket, www.hammer.net.au
    Teams (jersey):
    NBL:
    Brisbane Bullets 1988
    Geelong Supercats 1989-1991
    Brisbane Bullets 1992-1995
    Sydney Kings 1996-1997, 2001/02-2002/03
    South Dragons 2006-2007
    NBA:
    Minnesota Timberwolves 1996-1997
    San Antonio Spurs 2003-2004
    Europe:
    Makedonikos Kozani (Greece) 2004
    (Italy) 2003
    (Greece) 1998

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuart
    Thanks Philip, there are so many great names that are still missing from our list.
    No problem Stuart, if I will have some free time I will put here another profiles

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    If anyone has some info on games and points scored from great players
    on european competitions please posted it or send me an e-mail where
    i can find more like the following

    EUROPEAN CUPS
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    Galis 1980-92 148g 4896 pts
    Berkowitz 1971-94 23? g 4005 pts


    EUROPEAN LEAGUES
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    Oscar Schmidt 15966
    Drazen Dalipagic 14685
    Antonello Riva 14399

    ALL-TIME SCORERS IN THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
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    1 Nikos Galis 1032
    2 Kamil Brabenec 939
    3 Micky Berkowitz 927
    4 Epi 889
    5 Emiliano Rodriguez 867

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    Hi Stuart do you mind creating profiles of Carlos Lozaga and Allan Caidic of the Philippines?...

    I can give you some informations about them!!!... if your keen!... and pictures as well!



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    Juri Zdovc, Kresimir Cosic, Horacio Llamas, Peter Vilfan, Fernando Martin, Chris Anstey, Omar Quintero, and Shane Heal have all been created. I will start on Epi, Corbalon, Doron Jamchy, and Berkowitz.

    Quote Originally Posted by donmar
    Hi Stuart do you mind creating profiles of Carlos Lozaga and Allan Caidic of the Philippines?... I can give you some informations about them!!!... if your keen!... and pictures as well!
    I'm keen, would love to have some Filipino players in our profiles -- if you could give me the information, a nice image, and if you would like to write something up on them, I will include that also as well as crediting you with the summary. Keep me posted.

    Stuart
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