Ioannis Bourousis

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Ioannis Bourousis
Γιάννης Μπουρούσης
No. 30 – Real Madrid
Position Center
League Spanish League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 31)
Karditsa, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2006 AEK Athens (Greece)
2006 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2006–2011 Olympiacos (Greece)
2011–2013 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
2013–present Real Madrid (Spain)
Career highlights and awards

Ioannis Bourousis (alternate spellings: Giannis, Yiannis, Yannis, Bouroussis, Mpourousis, Mpouroussis) (Greek: Γιάννης Μπουρούσης; born November 17, 1983) is a Greek professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Spanish League. He is a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)[1] 270 lbs. (122 kg) center. Bourousis has been compared to FIBA Hall of Fame center Vlade Divac, by San Antonio Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Bourousis originally began his athletic career training to be a professional swimmer, but he grew too tall for the sport and instead took up playing basketball, at the age of 18. He began his professional career in the year 2001 with AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League. In 2006, he transferred to FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB League. Later that same year, he joined the Greek Euroleague club Olympiacos.

In 2009, he was offered a 3-year $12 million contract[3] by the NBA club the San Antonio Spurs.[4] However, he turned down San Antonio's offer, and instead signed a 3-year contract extension with Olympiacos worth 5.1 million euros net income.[5][6] The contract contained a €1 million euros buyout amount, which could only be used to sign with an NBA team.[7] After 5 years with Olympiacos, the club decided to terminate his contract.

In summer 2011, just weeks before signing with Olimpia Milano, Bourousis was involved in a doping-related media controversy in Greece, after an unrelated football match-fixing probe of his (then future) father-in-law, Makis Psomiadis.[8][9] However, Bourousis was quickly cleared of any suspected wrong-doing, after he submitted to drug testing for FIBA protocols, which are overseen by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in order to be cleared to play with Greece's national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2011.[10][11]

On July 6, 2011, Bourousis then agreed to a two-year contract with the Italian A League club Olimpia Milano.[12] In July 2013, Bourousis signed a contract with the Spanish League club Real Madrid.[13][14] With Real Madrid, Bourousis won the Spanish Supercup in 2013 and the Spanish King's Cup 2014.

Greek national team[edit]

Bourousis was a member of the junior Greek national basketball team that won the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Lithuania, and he was also on the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the FIBA EuroBasket 2005 at Serbia. He was also a member of the Greek national teams that finished in 4th place in the FIBA EuroBasket 2007 at Spain, and in 5th place in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games at China. He also won the bronze medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 2009.

During an international friendly game between the national teams of Greece and Serbia, during the 2010 Acropolis Tournament, the Serbian player, Nenad Krstić, hit Bourousis on the head with a chair. "I thought he was a fan attacking me", Krstić declared the next day. Bourousis first pressed charges against Krstić and decided to sue, but he quickly changed his mind and dropped them.

Bourousis was also a member of the Greek national teams that competed at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the FIBA EuroBasket 2011. He also played at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the FIBA EuroBasket 2013, and the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 AEK Athens 3 0 6.0 .429 .000 1.000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 2.7 .0
2003–04 AEK Athens 12 0 7.9 .500 .000 .429 2.2 .3 .3 .3 1.8 2.2
2004–05 AEK Athens 18 0 11.0 .510 .167 .500 3.7 .3 .4 .4 3.4 4.6
2005–06 AEK Athens 11 8 23.3 .438 .333 .833 7.2 .3 .5 .5 8.5 9.5
2006–07 Olympiacos 19 13 16.0 .678 .409 .727 5.7 .8 1.1 .7 8.6 12.7
2007–08 Olympiacos 21 10 19.4 .500 .432 .769 5.2 .5 .5 1.2 5.8 9.0
2008–09 Olympiacos 22 7 21.3 .591 .259 .625 7.4 .7 .7 .5 12.5 16.1
2009–10 Olympiacos 17 2 16.4 .531 .471 .765 4.8 .7 .9 .6 8.8 10.9
2010–11 Olympiacos 18 11 17.5 .530 .367 .678 6.6 .7 .6 1.3 10.7 14.2
2011–12 Olimpia Milano 15 14 22.4 .466 .176 .688 6.4 .5 .7 .7 9.0 10.6
2012–13 Olimpia Milano 9 8 24.1 .573 .385 .745 8.3 1.1 .7 .7 14.0 18.9
2013–14 Real Madrid 29 29 21.0 .524 .353 .817 5.9 .9 .4 .8 8.3 12.1
Career 194 102 18.0 .536 .352 .715 5.7 .6 .6 .7 8.2 10.9

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Greek national team[edit]

References[edit]

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