Mirza Delibašić

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Mirza Delibašić
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Personal information
Born (1954-01-09)January 9, 1954
Tuzla, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
Died December 8, 2001(2001-12-08) (aged 47)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Listed height 6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1976 / Undrafted
Pro career 1968–1982
Position Shooting guard
Career history
1968–1972 Sloboda Tuzla
1972–1980 Bosna
1980–1982 Real Madrid
Career highlights and awards
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Mirza Delibašić (January 9, 1954 – December 8, 2001) was a Bosnian professional basketball player. He was born in Tuzla, located in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia. Delibašić is widely considered as one of the best shooters in the history of European basketball.

Delibašić was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

Club career[edit]

Mirza Delibašić, nicknamed Kinđe, led his club Bosna to the Euroleague Championship in 1979. After leaving Bosna, Delibašić went to the Spanish League, where he ended up being considered one of the best players ever to play for Real Madrid, along with the likes of Juan Corbalán, Wayne Brabender, Fernando Martín Espina, Fernando Romay, Dražen Petrović, and Arvydas Sabonis.

In his club career, he won numerous titles in European club competitions. In addition to having played together for their Yugoslav national team, Mirza Delibašić and Dražen Dalipagić, also played together with Real Madrid. Their performance in a 1981 Euroleague game versus Cibona, in Zagreb, is only one of the many highlights of their careers.

In that game, Delibašić scored 26 points and Dalipagić 33. The game appropriately finished with a two-on-one fast-break, with Delibašić making a behind-the-back fake pass to Dalipagić, and passing by a defender for a two-handed dunk at the buzzer. Cibona's fans put aside their team's loss in the game, and showed their appreciation for the Bosnian stars performances, with a standing ovation at the end of the game.

National team[edit]

En route to a place among the greatest European players, Mirza Delibašić won everything there was to win with the Yugoslavia national basketball team, including: the Summer Olympic Games gold medal in 1980, FIBA European gold two times, the FIBA World Cup gold in 1978.

Health problems[edit]

In August 1983, Delibašić suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, and he had to permanently retire from the sport he loved. He lived in Sarajevo throughout the 1992-1996 siege of the city. His final years were marked by persistent health problems, due to his heavy drinking, which led to his death in 2001, at the age of 47, in Sarajevo. Several thousand people attended his funeral in Sarajevo, and Bosna renamed its arena, in his honor.

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