Dražen Dalipagić

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Dražen Dalipagić
Dalipagić in Umag in 2007.
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1951-11-27) November 27, 1951 (age 62)
Mostar, FPR Yugoslavia
Listed height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Career information
Pro career 1971–1991
Career history
As player:
1971–1980 Partizan
1980–1981 Reyer Venezia
1981–1982 Partizan
1982–1983 Real Madrid
1983–1985 A.P.U. Udine
1985–1988 Reyer Venezia
1988–1989 Glaxo Verona
1990–1991 Red Star Belgrade
As coach:
1992–1996 Nuova Pallacanestro Gorizia
1997–1998 MZT Skopje
2000–2001 KK Astra Banka

Dražen Dalipagić (born November 27, 1951) is a retired Yugoslav professional basketball player. He was selected the best athlete of Yugoslavia in the year 1978, and is one of the most decorated athletes in Yugoslavian history. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. Dalipagić was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame, as a player, on September 10, 2004. He was enshrined as a player, into the FIBA Hall of Fame, in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

Pro career[edit]

Dalipagić played for the pro club Partizan (1971–78, 1979–80, 1981–82), where he won the European Player of the Year Mr. Europa award twice, in the years 1977 and 1978, and the European Player of the Year Euroscar award, in the year 1980. He was declared the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1978. In 1976, he led Partizan to the Yugoslav League title, and also to the FIBA Korać Cup title in 1978. He also played for Crvena zvezda in the 1990-91 season.

Yugoslavian national team[edit]

Dražen, widely known by his nickname Praja, finished high school at the Technical School in Mostar, and graduated from the Teachers College in Belgrade. He started playing basketball at the age of 19, and two years later, in 1973, Dalipagić played the first of his 243 games that he would play between the years 1973 and 1986, with the Yugoslavian national basketball team, winning the gold medal at the 1978 FIBA World Championship, and the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. As a member of the Yugoslavian national team, he also won three gold medals at the FIBA European Championship. His four medals in the FIBA World Cup (Silver, 1974 FIBA World Championship; Gold, 1978 FIBA World Championship; Bronze, 1982 FIBA World Championship, and 1986 FIBA World Championship) is tied for the all-time international basketball record. A three-time Olympian, Dalipagić was instrumental in the Yugoslavian team's capturing of the gold, at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

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Preceded by
Italy Pierluigi Marzorati
Mr. Europa
1977, 1978
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Tkachenko
Preceded by
Šaban Sejdi
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
Succeeded by
Miodrag Perunović
Preceded by
Šaban Sejdi
Yugoslav Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Bojan Križaj
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Matija Ljubek
Flagbearer for  Yugoslavia
Los Angeles 1984
Succeeded by
Matija Ljubek