|No. 8 – CSU Asesoft Ploiești|
April 20, 1987 |
Prokuplje, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Listed weight||115 kg (254 lb)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|2005–2006||→ Borac Čačak|
|2011–2012||Krasnye Krylia Samara|
|2014||Al Riyadi Club|
|2014–present||CSU Asesoft Ploiești|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dragan Labović (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Лабовић; born April 20, 1987) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for CSU Asesoft Ploiești of the Romanian League. He also represented the Serbian national basketball team internationally. He is a 2.07 m (6 ft 10 in) tall power forward.
Labović grew up with KK Zdravlje from Leskovac. In 2002 he goes to juniors of FMP Železnik. He made his debut for the first team during the 2003–04 season, and in next two years he played a couple games for first team.
Season 2010–2011 he played with BC Enisey where he was one of the best players in team. For the 2011–2012 season he signed with BC Krasnye Krylia. In June 2012, he signed a two–year contract with BC Nizhny Novgorod. He left them after one season.
In November 2013, he signed with AZS Koszalin. He left the club in January 2014, because of family reasons. On January 31, 2014, he signed with Aliağa Petkim of the Turkish Basketball League. He left them in April 2014. Later that month he entered the Lebanese League signing with Al Riyadi Club. He left Al Riyadi in May 2014 after playing only two games.
Serbian national team
Labović won the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was MVP at 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was part of the younger generation in the national teams did not lose a single match at official matches, and there he was one of the best players in that generation with Milenko Tepić and Miloš Teodosić.
Controversial 2012 press release about Dušan Ivković
During summer 2012, head coach Dušan Ivković included Labović on the preliminary list of players for the EuroBasket 2013 qualifying, but the 25-year-old power forward who spent the previous season with BC Krasnye Krylia from Samara didn't make the final cut.
Commenting his decision to exclude Labović, Ivković reportedly said that "Labović has issues with his weight as he recently became a father and probably celebrated a little too much".
Stung by Ivković's comment, Labović responded months later in September 2012 by putting out a bitter, somewhat cryptic, and highly unusual press release, which was published by Serbian sports media outlets. Though Ivković's comments were made months earlier, Labović's press release came after the end of qualifying cycle in which Serbia barely qualified for the EuroBasket.
In the release Labović criticized 68-year-old Ivković's professional integrity and coaching skills, accusing the famous coach of letting his agent Miško Ražnatović of the BeoBasket agency exert an undue influence when it comes to squad selection for the national team. Among other things, addressing Ivković directly, Labović said:
|“||Mr. Ivković, I'd like to remind everyone of the year 2008 when I was the Adriatic League leading scorer and the MVP of every competition possible, all of which wasn't enough to make your national squad that was put together by a certain managerial agency. That year, 2008, your team selection raised the transfer market price for a lot of players that never deserved it, while lowering mine considerably. Ninety percent of the players that participated in that qualifying cycle soon made millions as a result of the exposure received through the national team. I later did too, thank God, despite not being in the national team, despite being ignored by that managerial agency, and despite your phone calls around Europe to give instructions how players should play...... I don't think you're much of a coach. In fact I don't think you're a coach at all. You're more of a basketball philosopher. You won two Euroleagues, spending €970 million in the process.... I'm not playing for Real or Barcelona, but over the last three years I've got more basketball action in my legs than 80% of your national squad. While you're heading that team, nothing will change - Teodosić will always be hogging the ball before passing to Krle and that's the entire game plan. The rest of the players might as well be mascots cheering on the sidelines, which is the same role they have in their clubs. I suggest you consider a quiet life in retirement. I, for my part, will still be fat, playing 25-30 minutes per game, and making money despite not getting your endorsement.||”|
- "Dragan Labovic signs for Aris". Arisbc.gr. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Krasnye Krylya Samara signs Dragan Labovic". Sportando.net. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Dragan Labovic inks with Nizhny Novgorod". Sportando.net. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Dragan Labovic moves to AZS Koszalin". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Dragan Labovic leaves AZS Koszalin". Sportando.net. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Dragan Labovic signs with Aliaga Petkim". Sportando.net. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Labović napušta Alijagu". B92.net (in Serbian). April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
- "Dragan Labovic signs with Riyadi". Sportando.com. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- "Dragan Labovic left Al Riyadi". Eurobasket.com. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- "Dragan Labovic, primul transfer al campionilor". csuasesoft.ro (in Romanian). 12 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- Ovo još niste videli: Labović opleo po Dudi i "reprezentaciji menadžerske agencije";Blic, 15 September 2012
- Uprava Novgoroda kaznila Labovića: Tvoje je da igraš, ne da kritikuješ Ivkovića;Blic, 3 October 2012
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