Nenad Marković

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Nenad Marković
Gaziantep Basketbol
Position Head coach
League BSL
Personal information
Born (1968-06-06) June 6, 1968 (age 49)
Doboj, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian / Spanish
Listed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Career information
NBA draft 1990 / Undrafted
Playing career 1988–2006
Position Shooting guard
Number 4
Career history
As player:
1988–1992 Bosna
1992–1993 Stefanel Trieste
1993 CB Llíria
1993–1994 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1994–1995 Joventut Badalona
1995 Lugano Tigers
1995–1996 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1996 Hapoel Eilat
1996–1999 Limoges CSP
1999–2000 Pamesa Valencia
2000–2001 Adecco Estudiantes
2001–2002 Panionios
2002–2003 Olympiacos
2003 Polaris World Murcia
2003–2004 Panionios
2004–2006 Bosna
As coach:
2007 Bosna
2007–2008 Panionios
2009–2010 Panionios
2013–2014 KAOD
2014–2016 Trabzonspor
2016–2017 Pınar Karşıyaka
2017 Iberostar Tenerife
2017–present Gaziantep
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Nenad Marković Zorić (born June 6, 1968) is a Bosnian former professional basketball player and the current head coach of Gaziantep.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Doboj to a Bosnian Serb father and a Bosnian Croat mother[1], Marković started his playing career at KK Igman Ilidža, before being scouted by U-16 KK Bosna Sarajevo under Mladen "Makso" Ostojić. He played for a number of years in KK Bosna's youth teams alongside players such as Predrag Danilović, Dževad Alihodžić, Senad Begović, Adis Bećiragić, etc. Marković broke into the first team and become a regular starter during the 1989–90 season. At that season's end his improvement was recognized with a call-up to the Yugoslav national team under famous coach Dušan "Duda" Ivković. However, Marković was not ultimately selected for the FIBA World Championship side sent to Argentina in August 1990, which Yugoslavia won. Marković nonetheless continued to improve at club level, featuring regularly for KK Bosna over the next two seasons, before the war broke out in his native Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For the next 14 seasons Marković played all over Europe, including in Italy, Spain, Israel, France, and Greece. In France, while playing for Limoges, he had the honour of playing in the French league All-Star game, during which he won the three-point shootout competition. He also played in many notable matches for the new Bosnian national team, including in two matches against Croatia in November 1997 and November 1998 that helped make his name as one of Bosnia's most prominent athletes.[2] before eventually returning to KK Bosna to end his playing career.

Eventually, in 2004, Marković returned to KK Bosna to end his playing career, becoming the first Bosnian basketball player to return to his hometown club in this way.[citation needed] He retired from the game in 2006, having played for 18 years.

Coaching career[edit]

Following retirement, Marković worked as a coach for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team. He became head coach of KK Bosna in 2007, but resigned on failing to achieve his announced goal of leading them to the national championship title.

In October 2007, Marković became the head coach of Greek club Panionios, whom he led to qualification for the EuroLeague, a goal the club had not achieved in the previous 12 seasons. His contract, however, was not renewed, and he was replaced in summer 2008 for the following 2008–09 season by Aleksandar Trifunović.[3]

End of July 2009, Marković again has become head coach of Greek club Panionios Athens.

In early February 2013, Marković took the reins of Greek club KAOD from the town of Drama fighting for survival in the Greek League. Marković took over from Georgios Kalafatakis, who left the team after 15 league matches in 12th league spot (out of 14) with the 5-10 record.

Political career[edit]

Marković joined the Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDP BiH).

On 29 January 2009, he was named vice-mayor of Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital, city of Sarajevo, working under mayor Alija Behmen, also of SDP BiH.[4]

In July 2009, Marković went back to coaching with a job at Panionios. For a few months, he continued with the vice-mayoral job in parallel, but in November 2009 handed in his resignation, which was accepted by the Sarajevo city council.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heroj urbane gerile by Senad Pećanin (in Bosnian)]
  2. ^ "Hrvatska traži put na EP kroz "mala vrata"" (in Croatian). Vjesnik. 30 November 1998. Archived from the original on 22 May 2003. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Panionios hires Trifunovic as coach". Euroleague.net. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Marković dogradonačelnik Sarajeva;SportSport.ba, 29 January 2009
  5. ^ Nenad Marković podnio ostavku na mjesto dogradonačelnika;Dnevni avaz, 1 November 2009
  6. ^ Prihvaćena ostavka Nenada Markovića;weekend.ba, 3 November 2009

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