Frédéric Weis (born June 22, 1977) is a retired French professional basketball player.
Professional career [ edit ]
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 [1 ] ViveMenorca. [2 ]
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. [3 ]
Weis never played in an NBA game. In March 2011, he announced his retirement.
" Le dunk de la mort" [ edit ]
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 [ edit ]
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.
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