Ívar DeCarsta Webster

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Ívar DeCarsta Webster
Personal information
Born (1955-05-07) May 7, 1955 (age 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican / Icelandic
Listed height211 cm (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolGermantown
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College
NBA draft1978 / Undrafted
Playing career1979–1999
PositionCenter
Number13
Coaching career1979–2004
Career history
As player:
1979KR
1979–1981Skallagrímur
1981–1986Haukar
1986–1987Þór Akureyri
1987–1988Haukar
1988–1989KR
1989–1990Haukar
1990–1991UÍA
1991KR
1992ÍR
1992–1994Breiðablik
1994–1996Valur
1998–1999Valur
As coach:
1979–1982Skallagrímur
1983–1984Haukar (assistant)
1986–1987Þór Akureyri
1990–1991UÍA
2004Wilmington College (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

Ívar DeCarsta Unsont Webster (born May 7, 1955) is a retired American-Icelandic professional basketball player and coach, and a former member of the Icelandic national basketball team.

College[edit]

Webster played for Indiana State from 1975 to 1978, where he was a roommate of Larry Bird.[1][2] He is the schools all-time leader in blocked shots (168) and third in rebounds (862).[3]

Iceland[edit]

Webster joined defending Icelandic national champions KR in September 1979.[4][5][6] After a disappointing offensive performance in the annual Reykjavík tournament,[7] he played one game for KR in the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup[8][9] before leaving in November to join Division I club Skallagrímur as player-coach.[10]

In 1981, Webster joined Haukar and helped them win Division I in 1983 and achieve promotion to Úrvalsdeild karla.[11]

In 1983, foreign players where barred from playing in the Icelandic leagues.[12] Even though Webster was married to an Icelandic woman, with whom he had a child, he did not have an Icelandic citizenship and thus could not play in domestic matches.[13][14] He received his Icelandic citizenship in May 1984 and took up the Icelandic first name Ívar.[15][16]

In 1985, Webster was a key member[17] of the Haukar team that won the Icelandic Basketball Cup for the first time in the club's history. He scored 26 points in Haukar's 73-71 victory over KR.[18] Haukar defended the title in 1986 by defeating Njarðvík 93-92 in the cup finals, with Webster scoring a game high 28 points.[19] After the season he was named the Úrvalsdeild Defensive Player of the Year.[20]

Webster spent the 1986–87 season as a player-coach with Division I club Þór Akureyri.[21][22][23] For the season he averaged 21.7 points in 20 games.[24]

He rejoined Haukar in 1987[25] In February 1988, Webster was handed a seven-week suspension from the Icelandic Basketball Federation disciplinary court for punching Breiðablik's player Björn Hjörleifsson on December 12, 1987.[26][27] Webster was upset with the length of the suspension and the fact that it took almost two months to reach a verdict[28] and as a result, declined to play again for the national team, which is run by the federation.[29] Haukar appealed the verdict to the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland which overturned it on March 11, allowing Webster to play again.[30] A relieved Webster rescinded his decision to not play with the national team again.[31] With Webster back, Haukar made it to the Úrvalsdeild finals against Njarðvík. Haukar won the series 3-0 after beating Njarðvík 92-91 in double overtime in the third game. Webster scored 6 points in the deciding game and blocked Friðrik Ragnarsson's potential game winning shot at the end of the first overtime.[32][33][34][35][36]

Webster joined KR again for the 1988–1989 season and helped them to the third best record in the Úrvalsdeild[37] while leading the league in rebounds per game.[38] In the playoffs KR surprised many by sweeping top seeded Njarðvík in the semi-finals, paving the way for Webster's second straight trip to the Úrvalsdeild finals.[39][40] In the finals, KR met Keflavík.[41] After splitting the first two games of the series, KR was no match for Keflavík in the third and deciding game, losing 89-72.[42] In June, Webster left KR and rejoined Haukar once again.[43][44]

Icelandic national basketball team[edit]

Between 1984 and 1987, Webster played 37 games for the Icelandic national basketball team.[45] He was the first foreigner to play for the national team.[1]

Television and film[edit]

Webster had a roles in the 1984 film Gullsandur[46] and the 1989 Icelandic film Under the Glacier (Icelandic: Kristnihald undir Jökli)[47] as well as an appearance in the Áramótaskaupið.[48]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Webster er aðstoðarþjálfari". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). February 24, 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ Hamel, Michael. "Larry Bird at Indiana State: A Statistical Review" (PDF). michaelhamel.net. p. 82. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Individual career records" (PDF). gosycamores.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ Símonarson, Hallur (September 14, 1979). "Sjö feta risi hjá KR-ingum í körfuboltanum". Dagblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Evrópuslagur í Höllinni í kvöld". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). October 30, 1979. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  6. ^ "KR-ingar i villuvandræðum töpuðu með 20 stiga mun". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). October 31, 1979. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  7. ^ "KR-ingar skipta um leikmann í körfunni". Vísir (in Icelandic). October 9, 1979. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Ekki í hátíðaskapi". Vísir (in Icelandic). October 31, 1979. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Villuvandræði settu strik í reikninginn!". Vísir (in Icelandic). October 31, 1979. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  10. ^ ""Spói" leikur ekki með KR". Vísir (in Icelandic). November 2, 1979. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Haukar á leið upp". Tíminn (in Icelandic). February 22, 1983. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Útilokaði alla aðra útlendinga". Tíminn (in Icelandic). September 23, 1983. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Njóta sömu réttinda og Íslendingar – nema í körfubolta". Tíminn (in Icelandic). September 24, 1983. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  14. ^ ""Webster er bannað að leika með samkvæmt reglum KKI sem eiga alls ekki rétt á sér"". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). October 11, 1983. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Webster orðinn íslendingur". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). May 23, 1984. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  16. ^ ""Við getum leikið mun betur en þetta"". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). October 29, 1984. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Okkar tími er runninn upp". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). March 28, 1985. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Hörkuleik lauk meö naumum sigri Hauka". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). March 29, 1985. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Bikarinn aftur í Fjörðinn". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). March 14, 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Pálmar og Linda best í körfunni". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). March 15, 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Webster fer til Þórs á Akureyri". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). May 16, 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Webster byrjaður þjálfun". Dagur (in Icelandic). August 26, 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Takmarkið að koma Þór aftur í röð bestu liða landsins". Dagur (in Icelandic). September 5, 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  24. ^ "1. deild karla – Þór Ak". KKI.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  25. ^ Kristjánsson, Gylfi (April 13, 1987). "Ívar aftur í Hauka!". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Mál Ívars Webster fer fyrir dóm". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). January 14, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Ívar Webster í sjö vikna bann". Tíminn (in Icelandic). February 12, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Niðurstaðan særir mig". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). February 12, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Hættur með landsliðinu!". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). March 2, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Dómstóll ÍSÍ aflétti banni Ívars Webster". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). March 12, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  31. ^ "Ívar Webster laus úr leikbannimi: "Tilbúinn i landsliðið"". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). March 14, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  32. ^ ""Alveg rosalegt!!!!"". Þjóðviljinn (in Icelandic). April 20, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Haukar meistarar". Tíminn (in Icelandic). April 20, 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  34. ^ Bollason, Einar (April 20, 1988). "Brotið blað". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  35. ^ Kárason, Ægir Már (April 20, 1988). "Einveldi UMFN á enda". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  36. ^ "Besta byrjunarlið Hauka". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). January 20, 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  37. ^ "Flugleiðadeild 1989". KKI.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  38. ^ "Heildartölfræði einstaklinga á einu tímabili – Meðaltöl". KKI.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  39. ^ Eiðsson, Logi B. (March 14, 1989). "Pressað til hins ýtrasta!". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  40. ^ "KR vann taugastríðið – Njarðvíkingar úr leik". Tíminn (in Icelandic). March 14, 1989. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  41. ^ ""Pressuvörn gerir leikinn miklu skemmtilegri"". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). March 22, 1989. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  42. ^ Blöndal, Björn (March 23, 1989). "Frábær liðsheild skóp fyrsta Íslandstitil ÍBK". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  43. ^ "Pálmar tekur aftur við þjálfun Hauka". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). June 2, 1989. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  44. ^ "Ívar aftur í Hauka". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). June 2, 1989. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  45. ^ "KKÍ | A landslið". kki.is. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  46. ^ "Hermenn af Vellinum í skemmtiferð". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). June 25, 1984. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  47. ^ "Under the Glacier (1989)". imdb.com. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  48. ^ Sigurðsson, Skúli (November 20, 2014). "Webster: Vil tækifæri til að þjálfa á Íslandi". Karfan.is. Retrieved 27 August 2017.

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