Ratko Varda

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Ratko Varda
Ratko Varda - MZT - Mega vizura 1.2.2014 (129).jpg
Varda with Mega Vizura against MZT in Skopje.
United Byblos Amchit
Position Center
League Lebanese League
Personal information
Born (1979-05-06) May 6, 1979 (age 35)
Gradiška, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian, Serbian
Listed height 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)
Listed weight 112 kg (247 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Pro career 1995–present
Career history
1995–2001 Partizan Belgrade
2001–2002 Detroit Pistons
2002 Washington Wizards
2003 Union Olimpija
2003–2004 Apollon Patras
2004–2005 Beşiktaş
2005–2006 Kyiv
2006–2007 Real Madrid
2007–2008 ViveMenorca
2008 Žalgiris
2009 Khimki
2009–2011 Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2011 Union Olimpija
2011–2012 Azovmash
2012 Mahram Tehran
2012–2013 Radnički Kragujevac
2013–2014 Mega Vizura
2015–present United Byblos Amchit
Career highlights and awards

Ratko Varda (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Варда; born May 6, 1979) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for United Byblos Amchit of the Lebanese Basketball League. Standing at 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in), he plays the center position.

Professional career[edit]

Varda came up through Partizan's youth system and made his debut during the 1995–96 season, before making himself eligible for the 2001 NBA Draft.[1] He ended up not getting selected but still found himself on the Detroit Pistons roster to the start of the 2001–02 season. Varda ended up spending two seasons in the NBA on the rosters of the Pistons and the Washington Wizards, but during that time he was only featured in a single official game (he played six minutes and scored five points for Detroit).

In 2003, he returned to Europe and signed for Union Olimpija until the end of the 2002–03 season. Over the summer of 2004, he played with Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League, but he left the club during the final series against Efes Pilsen.

In the 2006–07 season, he played in the Spanish Liga ACB with Real Madrid, but he could not finish the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.[2]

On October 29, 2007, he signed for the entire season of the Spanish championship with ViveMenorca, having recovered from his knee injury.[3]

On August 21, 2008, he signed a two-year contract with the Lithuanian champions BC Žalgiris from Kaunas. Because of the financial problems of the club, he left Žalgiris in late November. The details of his financial arrangements at the bankrupt club became publicly known when he wrote an open letter to the public discussing the issue.[4]

On January 26, 2009, he signed with the Russian club BC Khimki.[5] On the last day of 2009, Varda signed a one-month contract with Asseco Prokom Gdynia of Poland.[6] In 2010, Varda extend his contract with Prokom until the end of the 2010–11 season.[7]

In August 2011, he returned to his former club Union Olimpija, signing a one-year contract.[8] However, he left the team in December because of the club's financial difficulties and signed with BC Azovmash from Mariupol.[9] He left the team in March by mutual agreement.[10] In 2012 and 2013, he captained the Republika Srpska team in friendlies against Serbia.[11][12]

On July 31, 2013, Varda signed a one-year deal with Mega Vizura.[13][14]

On February 2, 2015 he signed with the Lebanese side United Byblos Amchit.[15]

Personal life[edit]

A Serb,[16] Varda was born in Gradiška, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina). His family moved to Serbia during the Bosnian War. He has a tattoo of Saint George and the Dragon.


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