Clifford Luyk

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Clifford Luyk
Medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men’s Basketball
FIBA EuroBasket
Silver 1973 Spain National Team

Clifford Luyk Diem, (born in Syracuse, New York on June 28, 1941) is a former Spanish American basketball player. Luyk was athletic, talented, and possessed great low-post skills, highlighted by his trademark, old-school hook shot.

He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. On February 3, 2008, he was chosen as one of the 50 most influential personalities to European club basketball, over the last half-century, by the Euroleague Basketball Experts Committee.[1]

Club career[edit]

Luyk joined Real Madrid in 1962, and acquired Spanish citizenship three years later. Luyk retired in 1978, having won six Euroleague titles with Madrid's legendary club (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, and 1978, despite not playing in the 1978 final). This record makes him unique, because he is the only player, who has won 6 Euroleague titles as a player with the same team. Luyk also won 14 Spanish Championships, 10 Spanish Cups, and 2 Intercontinental Cups.

Spanish national team[edit]

Luyk won the silver medal in the 1973 European championship with the Spanish national team. He also played at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games, EuroBasket 1969, EuroBasket 1971, the 1972 Summer Olympics, EuroBasket 1973, the 1974 FIBA World Championship, EuroBasket 1975, and the 1975 Mediterranean Games.


  1. ^ "Euroleague official website, Experts decide European Club Basketball's 50 greatest contributors". 

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