Kostas Tsartsaris

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Kostas Tsartsaris
Κώστας Τσαρτσαρής
Panathinaikos Athens
Position Assistant coach
League Greek Basket League
Greek Cup
Personal information
Born (1979-10-17) October 17, 1979 (age 37)
Veria, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–2013
Position Power forward / Center
Number 12
Coaching career 2014–present
Career history
As player:
1997–1998 U.M.F. Grindavik
1998–1999 Near East
1999–2002 Peristeri
2002–2013 Panathinaikos
As coach:
2014–2016 Panathinaikos (Cadets)
2016–present Panathinaikos (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Konstantinos "Kostas" Tsartsaris (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Τσαρτσαρής) (born October 17, 1979 in Veria, Greece), is a retired Greek professional basketball player and current basketball coach, who spent most of his playing career with the Greek League team Panathinaikos. At 6 ft 10 ¾ in (2.10 m) tall[1] and 115.4 kg (255 lb.) in weight,[2] he played at the mainly at the power forward position, but he could also play at the center position if needed.

Professional career[edit]

Tsartsaris was first noticed by professional Greek clubs as a wonder kid, when he was playing in the lower divisions for the team of Filippos Verias. Because Filippos did not allow him to move to another Greek club, he chose at the age of 17 to move for one year (1997–98 season) to the Icelandic League club U.M.F. Grindavik.[3] Throughout the season, he averaged 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game.[4]

He returned to Greece in 1998, and he was signed on a free transfer by Near East. The following year, he moved to Peristeri, and in 2002, he moved to Panathinaikos. With Panathinaikos, he was the Greek Cup MVP for 3 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008).

In June 2013, after conquering the double in Greece, by winning both the Greek League and Greek Cup in the same season, Tsartsaris announced his decision to finish his playing career, after wearing Panathinaikos' jersey for 11 successful years.[5]

Greek national team[edit]

Tsartsaris was a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the EuroBasket 2007, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Tsartsaris began his coaching career in 2014, working at the young cadet academy school level.[7] On April 21, 2016, it was revealed that Tsartsaris would be an assistant coach of Argyris Pedoulakis in Panathinaikos.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Greek national team[edit]


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