|League||Greek Basket League
October 17, 1979 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|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 and 115.4 kg (255 lb.) in weight, he played at the mainly at the power forward position, but he could also play at the center position if needed.
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. Throughout the season, he averaged 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game.
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.
Greek national team
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.
Tsartsaris began his coaching career in 2014, working at the young cadet academy school level. On April 21, 2016, it was revealed that Tsartsaris would be an assistant coach of Argyris Pedoulakis in Panathinaikos.
Awards and accomplishments
- Icelandic Cup Winner: (1998)
- Greek League Best Young Player: (1999)
- 7x Greek League All-Star Game selection: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- 10x Greek League Champion: (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
- 8x Greek Cup Winner: (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
- Greek League Best Five: (2004)
- 3x Greek Cup MVP: (2006, 2007, 2008)
- 3x EuroLeague Champion: (2007, 2009, 2011)
- 2x Triple Crown Champion: (2007, 2009)
Greek national team
- 6x Acropolis Tournament Champion: (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
- EuroBasket 2005: Gold
- 2006 FIBA Stanković Cup: Gold
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- FIBAEurope.com - Height: 2.10 m.
- 71. 6' 11" 255 1979 Greek Costas Tsartsaris---Panathinaikos--Greece.
- "Grikkinn fær líklega leikheimild með Grindavík" (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 13 November 1997. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Konstantinos Tsartsaris: Ferillinn í úrvalsdeild" (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- Gazzetta.gr Τίτλοι τέλους για Τσαρτσαρή! (in Greek).
- Konstantinos TSARTSARIS (GRE) participated in 11 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
- Ο coach Τσαρτσαρής (in Greek).