Giorgos Sigalas

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Giorgos Sigalas
Γιώργος Σιγάλας
Personal information
Born (1971-07-31) July 31, 1971 (age 43)
Peristeri, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
Pro career 1988–2007
Position Shooting guard / Small forward / Power forward
Coaching career 2008–present
Career history
As player:
1988–1989 Olympiacos
1989–1990 Papagou
1990–1997 Olympiacos
1997–1998 Olimpia Milano
1998–2000 Aris
2000–2002 PAOK
2002–2003 Granada
2003 Viola Reggio Calabria
2003–2004 Makedonikos
2004–2005 Panionios
2005–2007 Aris
As coach:
2008–2009 Ermis Lagada
2014– Egaleo
Career highlights and awards

Giorgos Sigalas (alternate spelling: Georgios) (Greek: Γιώργος Σιγάλας; born July 31, 1971 in Peristeri, Greece), is a retired Greek professional basketball player. During the 1990s, the 6'7" swingman was the regular captain of the senior men's Greek national team, as well as of the Athens-based Olympiacos in the Greek League and the Euroleague. Sigalas played regularly along with players like Eddie Johnson, David Rivers, Roy Tarpley, Žarko Paspalj, Willie Anderson, Christian Welp, and Walter Berry. His nickname as a player was Rambo.[1]

Captaincy of Olympiacos and the Greek national team[edit]

The long-time captain of the Greek national squad, Sigalas played with the senior men's Greek National Basketball Team in 185 games. He competed in six consecutive FIBA EuroBaskets (EuroBasket 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003 with Greece). Sigalas also competed with Greece at both the 1994 FIBA World Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship, as well as at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Sigalas won five consecutive Greek League championships while playing with Olympiacos from 1993 to 1997. He also won 2 Greek Cups with Olympiacos in 1994 and 1997. In 1997, while playing with Olympiacos, Sigalas won the Triple Crown, meaning his team won the Greek League championship, the Greek Cup, and the Euroleague championship all in the same year, the only time it has happened in club history.

Late career[edit]

Sigalas left Olympiacos in 1997, after winning the Euroleague vhampionship and joined the Italian League team Olimpia Milano. He played there during the 1997-98 season. He then returned to the Greek League the following year to play with Aris. He stayed with Aris until 2000, when he transferred to Aris' arch-rival PAOK, with whom he played with from 2000-02. Sigalas next played in the Spanish League with Granada, at the beginning of the 2002-03 season, and with the Italian League team Viola Reggio Calabria at the end of the 2002-03 season.

In the last years of his career, he returned home to play in the Greek League to finish his career. He played with Makedonikos in the 2003-04 season, Panionios in the 2004-05 season, and finally, Sigalas ended his career back with Aris, where he played from 2005, until he retired in the year 2007.

Post playing career[edit]

Since retiring, Sigalas worked as a basketball commentator in Greece for Euroleague games. He also worked as a coach for the national youth Greek basketball teams. He also coached Ermis Lagada during the 2009-10 season.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

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