Dragan Labović

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Dragan Labović
Dragan Labovic (1).jpg
No. 8 – CSU Asesoft Ploiești
Position Power forward
League Romanian League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1987-04-20) April 20, 1987 (age 27)
Prokuplje, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2010 FMP Železnik
2005–2006 Borac Čačak
2010 Aris
2010 Skyliners Frankfurt
2010–2011 Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2011–2012 Krasnye Krylia Samara
2012–2013 Nizhny Novgorod
2013–2014 AZS Koszalin
2014 Aliağa Petkim
2014 Al Riyadi Club
2014–present CSU Asesoft Ploiești
Career highlights and awards

Dragan Labović (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Лабовић; born April 20, 1987) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for CSU Asesoft Ploiești of the Romanian League. He also represented the Serbian national basketball team internationally. He is a 2.07 m (6 ft 10 in) tall power forward.

Professional career[edit]

Labović grew up with KK Zdravlje from Leskovac. In 2002 he goes to juniors of FMP Železnik. He made his debut for the first team during the 2003–04 season, and in next two years he played a couple games for first team.

For the 2005–06 season he was loaned to KK Borac Čačak where he had minutes to play and chance to improve himself. In 2006 he was invited to play at Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tennessee.

After one season at loan he goes back to FMP Železnik and with them in 2007 he wins Serbian cup. He was the top scorer of the 2008–09 season of the Adriatic League, averaging 18 points per game.

In January 2010 he signed with Aris B.C., but played only 3 games in Greek Basket League,[1] and then in March 2010 he goes to Skyliners Frankfurt where he stayed for the rest of the season.

Season 2010–2011 he played with BC Enisey where he was one of the best players in team. For the 2011–2012 season he signed with BC Krasnye Krylia.[2] In June 2012, he signed a two–year contract with BC Nizhny Novgorod.[3] He left them after one season.

In November 2013, he signed with AZS Koszalin.[4] He left the club in January 2014, because of family reasons.[5] On January 31, 2014, he signed with Aliağa Petkim of the Turkish Basketball League.[6] He left them in April 2014.[7] Later that month he entered the Lebanese League signing with Al Riyadi Club.[8] He left Al Riyadi in May 2014 after playing only two games.[9]

In July 2014, he signed with the Romanian team CSU Asesoft Ploiești.[10]

Serbian national team[edit]

Youth level[edit]

Labović won the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was MVP at 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was part of the younger generation in the national teams did not lose a single match at official matches, and there he was one of the best players in that generation with Milenko Tepić and Miloš Teodosić.

Full squad[edit]

Labović made the Serbian national basketball team under head coach Moka Slavnić for the EuroBasket 2007.

Controversial 2012 press release about Dušan Ivković[edit]

During summer 2012, head coach Dušan Ivković included Labović on the preliminary list of players for the EuroBasket 2013 qualifying, but the 25-year-old power forward who spent the previous season with BC Krasnye Krylia from Samara didn't make the final cut.

Commenting his decision to exclude Labović, Ivković reportedly said that "Labović has issues with his weight as he recently became a father and probably celebrated a little too much".

Stung by Ivković's comment, Labović responded months later in September 2012 by putting out a bitter, somewhat cryptic, and highly unusual press release, which was published by Serbian sports media outlets. Though Ivković's comments were made months earlier, Labović's press release came after the end of qualifying cycle in which Serbia barely qualified for the EuroBasket.

In the release Labović criticized 68-year-old Ivković's professional integrity and coaching skills, accusing the famous coach of letting his agent Miško Ražnatović of the BeoBasket agency exert an undue influence when it comes to squad selection for the national team. Among other things, addressing Ivković directly, Labović said:

A few weeks after his press release, Labović's club BC Nizhny Novgorod led by a Serbian head coach Zoran Lukić, reprimanded the player although his punishment was not specified.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragan Labovic signs for Aris". Arisbc.gr. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Krasnye Krylya Samara signs Dragan Labovic". Sportando.net. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dragan Labovic inks with Nizhny Novgorod". Sportando.net. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dragan Labovic moves to AZS Koszalin". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dragan Labovic leaves AZS Koszalin". Sportando.net. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dragan Labovic signs with Aliaga Petkim". Sportando.net. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Labović napušta Alijagu". B92.net (in Serbian). April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dragan Labovic signs with Riyadi". Sportando.com. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dragan Labovic left Al Riyadi". Eurobasket.com. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dragan Labovic, primul transfer al campionilor". csuasesoft.ro (in Romanian). 12 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Ovo još niste videli: Labović opleo po Dudi i "reprezentaciji menadžerske agencije";Blic, 15 September 2012
  12. ^ Uprava Novgoroda kaznila Labovića: Tvoje je da igraš, ne da kritikuješ Ivkovića;Blic, 3 October 2012

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