|League||Greek Basketball League
26 August 1967 |
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|NBA draft||1989 / Undrafted|
|Number||4, 6, 10, 19, 20|
|1996||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Aleksandar "Saša" Đorđević (Anglicized: Sasha Djordjevic, Serbian Cyrillic: Александар "Саша" Ђорђевић, pronounced [alě̞ksaːndar sâʃa d͡ʑɔ̝̌ːrd͡ʑe̞vit͡ɕ]; born 26 August 1967) is a Serbian former professional basketball player and a current coach of the Serbian national basketball team and Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League. He was a 1.88 m (6'2") point guard, and played 108 games for the Yugoslavian national basketball team. Đorđević started his basketball career while attending secondary school in Belgrade, where he was a part of the school basketball team that won the city basketball tournament in 1986. His father, Bratislav Đorđević, was the coach of the Belgrade team Crvena zvezda.
Club playing career
Đorđević, who was about to turn 17 years of age, joined Partizan during summer 1984. The youngster's arrival at the club coincided with a front office shakeup that saw Yugoslav and club legend Dragan Kićanović, who had just retired from playing, assume the club vice-president role. The club also appointed Moka Slavnić, another freshly retired Yugoslav legend, to be the new head coach.
Professionally, Đorđević played for: KK Partizan (1984–1992), Philips Milano a.k.a. Recoaro Milano (1992–1994), Filodoro Bologna a.k.a. Teamsystem Bologna (1994–1996), the Portland Trail Blazers (September–December 1996, 8 games, 25 points scored), FC Barcelona (January 1997 – 1999), Real Madrid (1999–2002), Scavolini Pesaro (2003–2005), and Armani Jeans Milano (February–June 2005).
Đorđević retired from playing professional basketball on 3 July 2005, after an exhibition game in front of the home crowd in Belgrade, in which many of his former teammates and fierce opponents took part.
Đorđević is remembered for his performance against Croatia in the 1997 EuroBasket. In the EuroBasket 1995, he put on one of the best individual performances ever in a EuroBasket final game against Lithuania, scoring 41 points, and shooting 9 of 12 on three pointers.
On June 30, 2015, Đorđević signed a two-year contract with the Greek team Panathinaikos. Days later, he signed an extension with the Basketball Federation of Serbia to be the team selector until 2019.
His second major tournament to lead the Serbian national team was the 2015 EuroBasket. In the first phase of the tournament, Serbia dominated in the toughest Group B with 5-0 record, and then eliminated Finland and Czech Republic in the round of 16 and quarterfinal game, respectively. However, they were stopped in the semifinal game by Lithuania with 67–64, and eventually lost to the host team France in the bronze-medal game with 81–68.
Đorđević is one of the Goodwill Ambassadors in Serbia, along with Emir Kusturica, Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Janković, one of the founders of the humanitarian organization Group Seven, as well as the president of the Belgrade Marathon.
Awards and accomplishments
Some of the honors Đorđević won as a senior player are:
- Korać Cup:
- 1989, 1993, 1999
- National Championship of Yugoslavia:
- 1987, 1992
- National Cup of Yugoslavia:
- 1989, 1992
- Spanish League:
- 1997, 1999, 2000
- Euroleague – Vladimir Stanković: The excitement starts here
- Aleksandar Djordjevic named coach of Milano
- "Αλεξάντερ Τζόρτζεβιτς: Τιμή και προνόμιο να βρίσκομαι στον Παναθηναϊκό". paobc.gr (in Greek). 30 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Đilas: Đorđević i Maljkovićeva selektori do 2019.". novosti.rs (in Serbian). Tanjug. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
- "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
- "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". eurobasket2015.org. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
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- Aleksandar Đorđević at legabasket.it