Aleksandar "Saša" Đorđević ( Anglicized: Sasha Djordjevic, Serbian Cyrillic: , Александар "Саша" Ђорђевић pronounced ; born 26 August 1967) is a Serbian former professional [alě̞ksaːndar sâʃa d͡ʑɔ̝̌ːrd͡ʑe̞vit͡ɕ] basketball player and a current basketball coach. He currently serves as a head coach of the Serbian national basketball team. He was a 1.88 m (6'2") point guard, and played 108 games for the Yugoslavian national basketball team. 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 ]
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 3 July 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 25 January 2006 Đorđević was named the head coach of one of his former teams,
Armani Jeans Milano, a position he left at the end of the 2006–07 season. [3 ]
In 2013, Djordjevic was named the coach of the
Serbia national basketball team. He took the silver medal at the [4 ] 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Personal [ edit ]
Đorđević is one of the
Goodwill Ambassadors 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 ]
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