Borislav Stanković

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Borislav Stanković
Борислав Станковић
Borislav Bora Stanković.jpg
2nd Secretary General of FIBA
In office
1 January 1976 – 1 January 2003
Preceded byWilliam Jones
Succeeded byPatrick Baumann
Personal details
Born(1925-07-09)9 July 1925
Bihać, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died20 March 2020(2020-03-20) (aged 94)
Belgrade, Serbia
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
Nickname(s)Bora (Serbian Cyrillic: Бора),
Boris (Борис)
Basketball career
Career information
Playing career1946–1953
Number15, 4
Coaching career1950–1970
Career history
As player:
1946–1948Crvena Zvezda
1948–1950Železničar Belgrade
As coach:
1953–1958KK BSK
1958–1963OKK Belgrade
1964–1965OKK Belgrade
1969–1970OKK Belgrade
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

As executive:

Basketball Hall of Fame
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Borislav "Bora" Stanković (Serbian Cyrillic: Борислав "Бора" Станковић; 9 July 1925 – 20 March, 2020) was a Serbian basketball player and coach, as well as a longtime administrator in the sport's various governing bodies, including FIBA and the International Olympic Committee. He represented the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team internationally. For his contributions to the game of basketball, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.[1] Stanković was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. He was most known for allowing players from the NBA to compete at the Summer Olympics, after he changed FIBA's rules to allow players from the NBA to compete, while he was FIBA's Secretary General in 1989.


Simultaneous to his studies, Stanković played professionally for Crvena zvezda (1946–1948), Železničar Beograd (1948–1950), and Partizan (1950–1953), and was on the senior Yugoslav national basketball team for five years, in the early 1950s. After he retired from the game, he coached OKK Beograd for ten consecutive seasons (1953–1963), and for a season in 1965. He then moved on to the Italian club Pallacanestro Cantù, spending three seasons as its head coach (1966–1969).

Throughout his lengthy involvement with basketball, Stanković has served or been a part of the following organizations: Yugoslav Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, and the Board of Trustees at the Basketball Hall of Fame, and he's best remembered for his tenure as FIBA's Secretary General, from 1976 to 2002.

Stanković was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Many observers feel it was Borislav Stanković who most encouraged foreign basketball players to ply their trade in the NBA. Other than Serbian, he fluently speaks six other languages, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, as a contributor. In 2007, he was enshrined as a contributor into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

FIBA has named the annual international basketball cup "FIBA Stanković Continental Champions' Cup", after him.

In his book "Dream Team – How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever" (2012), American novelist and sportswriter Jack McCallum, praises Stanković (incorrectly referred to him as Boris) for his role in allowing NBA pros to compete for their national teams in the Summer Olympics, and later in the Basketball World Cups organized by FIBA.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Stanković was born in Bihać, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Early in his life he moved to Novi Sad, and then to the Syrmian town of Ledinci, during World War II. After the war, Stanković went to Belgrade, where he graduated from the University of Belgrade, with a degree in veterinary medicine. In 1966, he pledged his efforts to basketball full-time, ending a 10-year career as a veterinary inspector for meat control in Belgrade.[4]

Stanković died on 20 March 2020 in Belgrade.[5] He had one daughter, two granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

In popular culture[edit]

Stanković is portrayed by Aleksandar Radojičić in the 2015 Serbian sports drama We Will Be the World Champions[6] and the 2016 Serbian TV series The World Champions.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hall of Famers". Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ "A Forgotten Yugoslavian Meat Inspector First Came Up With The Idea To Form An Olympic Basketball 'Dream Team'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  4. ^ Secretary General Emeritus.
  5. ^ "Former FIBA head Borislav Stankovic dies". Associated Press. March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "We Will Be the World Champions (2015) Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Prvaci sveta Biography, Drama, Family | TV Series (2016– )". Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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