June 22, 1977 |
|Listed height||7 ft 2 in (218 cm)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Pro playing career||1995–2011|
Weis has played for Unicaja Málaga and Iurbentia Bilbao of the Spanish ACB League, PAOK Thessaloniki in the Greek League, and Limoges in the French League. On January 28, 2009, Iurbentia Bilbao waived him after he missed the last 3 games in a row due to his health and on February 13, he signed with ViveMenorca.
He was drafted by the New York Knicks with the 15th pick in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft, but he did not sign with them and never played in the NBA. The draft pick angered many Knicks fans because Ron Artest, who had grown up in Queens, New York and played for St. John's University, was still available. Artest was taken with the next pick by the Chicago Bulls. On August 29, 2008, Weis's draft rights were traded from the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets for power forward Patrick Ewing, Jr.
Weis never played in an NBA game. In March 2011 he announced his retirement.
Other than his draft selection fiasco, Weis is most remembered by NBA fans for his place on the receiving end of a memorable Vince Carter dunk in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The play was dubbed "the most demoralizing dunk of all time."
"Le dunk de la mort"
Weis is known for having been "posterized" by the United States' Vince Carter during a basketball game between the two teams at the 2000 Summer Olympics on September 25, 2000. After getting the ball off a steal, the 6'6" (1.98 m) Carter drove to the basket, leaped, spread his legs as he jumped over 7'2" (2.18 m) Weis, and ferociously dunked the ball. The French media dubbed the slam "le dunk de la mort": "the dunk of death." The US won the game 106-94.
French national basketball team
Weis won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Basketball Tournament with the French national basketball team. With France's national team he has played at the FIBA European Championship in the 1999 FIBA European Championship, the 2001 FIBA European Championship, the 2005 FIBA European Championship and the 2007 FIBA European Championship.
At the 2005 FIBA European Championship, Weis won the bronze medal with his national team. He played with France's national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
- El iurbentia Bilbao Basket y Fred Weis acuerdan rescindir el contrato (in Spanish), ACB.com, 2009-01-29
- El ViveMenorca firma a Weis y da de baja a Vladimir Boisa (in Spanish), ACB.com, 2009-02-13
- Beck, Howard (October 28, 2008). "The Knicks Let Go of Another Ewing, for Now". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- Entretien avec Frédéric Weis (French)
- Vince Carter dunks on Frederic Weis at the 2000 Olympics
- EurocupBasketball.com Profile
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Eurobasket2007.org Profile
- Basketpedya.com Profile
- Spanish League Profile
- French League profile