Aleksandar Đorđević

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Aleksandar Đorđević
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1967-08-26) August 26, 1967 (age 46)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Listed weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Career information
Pro playing career 1984–2005
Career history
As player:
1984–1992 KK Partizan
1992–1994 Olimpia Milano (Philips / Recoaro)
1994–1996 Fortitudo Bologna (Filodoro / Teamsystem)
1996 Portland Trail Blazers
1997–1999 FC Barcelona
1999–2002 Real Madrid
2003–2005 Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Scavolini)
2005 Olimpia Milano (Armani Jeans)
As coach:
2006–2007 Olimpia Milano (Armani Jeans)
2011–2012 Treviso (Benetton)
2013–present Serbia national basketball team
Career highlights and awards

Aleksandar "Saša" Đorđević (Anglicized: Sasha Djordjevic, Serbian Cyrillic: Александар "Саша" Ђорђевић, pronounced [alě̞ksaːndar sâʃa d͡ʑɔ̝̌ːrd͡ʑe̞vit͡ɕ]) (born August 26, 1967 in Belgrade) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player, and a current basketball coach. He was a 1.88 m (6'2") point guard, and played 108 games for the national basketball team of Yugoslavia. Đorđević started his basketball career while attending secondary school in Belgrade, where he was a part of the school basketball team that won the city basketball tournament in 1986. His father, Bratislav Đorđević, was the coach of the Belgrade team Crvena zvezda.[1]

In 1995, Đorđević received a Golden Badge award for Best Athlete of Yugoslavia, and the Yugoslav Olympic Committee declared him the Sportsman of the Year.[2]

Club career[edit]

Professionally, Đorđević played for: KK Partizan (1984–1992), Philips Milano a.k.a. Recoaro Milano (1992–1994), Filodoro Bologna a.k.a. Teamsystem Bologna (1994–1996), the Portland Trail Blazers (September–December 1996, 8 games, 25 points scored), FC Barcelona (January 1997 – 1999), Real Madrid (1999–2002), Scavolini Pesaro (2003–2005), and Armani Jeans Milano (February–June 2005).

He is remembered for his buzzer-beating three-pointer in the 1992 Euroleague final, while he was with Partizan.

Đorđević retired from playing professional basketball on July 3, 2005, after an exhibition game in front of the home crowd in Belgrade, in which many of his former teammates and fierce opponents took part.

National team[edit]

Đorđević is remembered for his performance against Croatia in the 1997 EuroBasket. In the EuroBasket 1995, he put on one of the best individual performances ever in a EuroBasket final game, scoring 41 points, and shooting 9 of 12 on three pointers.

Coaching career[edit]

On January 25, 2006, Đorđević was named the head coach of one of his former teams, Armani Jeans Milano,[3] a position he left at the end of the 2006–07 season.

In 2013, Djordjevic was named the coach of the Serbia national basketball team and he will coach them for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.[4]

Personal[edit]

Đorđević is one of the ambassadors of good will in Serbia, along with Emir Kusturica, Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Janković, one of the founders of the humanitarian organization Group Seven, as well as the president of the Belgrade Marathon.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Some of the honors Đorđević won as a senior player are:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Croatia Dražen Petrović
Mr. Europa
1994, 1995
Succeeded by
Croatia Toni Kukoč
Preceded by
Jasna Šekarić
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
1995
Succeeded by
Aleksandra Ivošev