Miki Berkovich

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Miki Berkovich
Miki Berkovich
Medal record
Competitor for  Israel
Men’s Basketball
FIBA EuroBasket
Silver 1979 Italy National Team

Moshe "Miki" Berkovich (Mickey Berkowitz) (Hebrew: משה "מיקי" ברקוביץ'‎; born 17 February 1954 in Kfar Saba, Israel) is a retired Israeli professional basketball player. He was a 6' 4" shooting guard. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

In February 2008, he was named as one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors by a select panel. He was also honored at the Euroleague Final Four in Madrid. Berkovich is recognized by many Israelis as the best Israeli basketball player who ever played.

College playing career[edit]

In 1975, he played college basketball for UNLV in the United States, but he returned to Maccabi after just one year.

Club playing career[edit]

Berkovich joined Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club's junior team in 1965, and adult team in 1971. With Maccabi, he won 19 national championship titles and 17 national cups.

In 1977 helped Maccabi to win its first European Championship, defeating Mobilgirgi Varese 78:77 in the final held in Pionir Hall, Belgrade and CSKA Moscow 91:79 in semifinal group game held in Virton, Belgium, an achievement that produced Tal Brody's famous sentence "We are on the map, not only in basketball".

In 1981 the second European Championship for Maccabi, against another Italian team, Sinudyne Bologna. Berkovich scored the winning basket from Moti Aroesti's assist, setting the score to 80:77. There were no three point shots back then so the Italian could only score a two point basket and Maccabi won 80:79.

Berkovich's career in Maccabi came to the end in 1988, when he and Aroesti joined Maccabi Rishon LeZion. Later he played for Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Israeli national team[edit]

In 1974 took young NT to the fourth place in European Championship and was the leading scorer of the tournament.

In 1979 Berkovich was part of the Israeli national team which finished second (behind the Soviet national team) at the European Championship in Turin. Berkovich was named tournament MVP. Even though he received offers from the New Jersey Nets and the Atlanta Hawks from the NBA after the tournament, Maccabi management insisted that he stayed in the team, and so he did.

Post playing career[edit]

Berkovich retired from basketball in 1995, after he retired from basketball he wrote an autobiography book called "Born to Win". He went on to become the owner of the Ramat HaSharon basketball team, and both of his sons, Roi and Niv Berkovich played for the team at the time. Later he became the Director of Basketball Operations of Ironi Naharia, but left the team after just one year.