Panathinaikos B.C.

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Panathinaikos B.C. OPAP
Panathinaikos B.C. OPAP logo
Nickname
  • Trifýlli (The Shamrock)
  • Prásini (The Greens)
  • Exásteros (The Six-Starred)
Leagues EuroLeague
Greek Basket League
Greek Cup
Founded 1908 (Basketball Club: 1919)
History Panathinaikos B.C.
(1919–present)
Arena O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall
Capacity 19,250
Location Athens, Greece
Team colors Green, White
         
Main sponsor Pame Stoixima
President Manos Papadopoulos
Team manager Fragiskos Alvertis
Head coach Xavi Pascual
Team captain Nick Calathes
Ownership Dimitris Giannakopoulos
Championships 6 EuroLeagues
36 Greek Championships
18 Greek Cups
1 FIBA Intercontinental Cup
2 Triple Crowns
Retired numbers 3 (1, 4, 13)
Website paobc.gr
Uniforms

Panathinaikos B.C. (Greek: ΚΑΕ Παναθηναϊκός), also known simply as Panathinaikos, or by its current name Panathinaikos B.C. OPAP for sponsorship reasons, is the professional basketball team of the major Athens-based multi-sport club Panathinaikos A.O. It is owned by the billionaire Giannakopoulos family.

The parent athletic club was founded in 1908, while the basketball team was created in 1919, being one of the oldest in Greece. Alongside Aris, they are the only un-relegated teams with participation in every Greek First Division Championship until today.

Panathinaikos has developed into the most successful basketball club in Greek basketball's history, and one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, creating its own dynasty. They have won six EuroLeague Championships, thirty-six Greek Basket League Championships, eighteen Greek Cups, one Intercontinental Cup and two Triple Crowns. They also hold the record for most consecutive Greek League titles, as they are the only team to have won nine consecutive championships (2003–2011), as well as for the most consecutive Greek Basketball Cup titles (six in a row) from 2012 to 2017. The team plays its home games at the O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall, which has a maximum capacity of 19,250 for basketball games.

Among the many well-known top class players that have played with the club over the years, are: Dominique Wilkins, Fragiskos Alvertis, Byron Scott, Nikos Galis, John Salley, Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonio Davis, Stojko Vranković, Dino Rađja, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Dejan Bodiroga, Oded Kattash, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Panagiotis Giannakis, Fanis Christodoulou, Alexander Volkov, Marcelo Nicola, Hugo Sconochini, Željko Rebrača, Antonis Fotsis, İbrahim Kutluay, John Amaechi, Nikola Peković, Jaka Lakovič, Pepe Sánchez, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Nick Calathes, Vassilis Spanoulis, Dejan Tomašević, Byron Dinkins, Ferdinando Gentile, Sani Bečirovič, Darryl Middleton, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Žarko Paspalj, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Dimos Dikoudis, Tiit Sokk, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Jason Kapono, Marcus Banks, Arijan Komazec, Edgar Jones, Romain Sato, Johnny Rogers, Tony Delk, Drew Nicholas, Stéphane Lasme, Roko Ukić, Robertas Javtokas, Jonas Mačiulis, Ioannis Bourousis and Keith Langford. Such players, the successful management of former long-time presidents Pavlos Giannakopoulos and Thanasis Giannakopoulos, and the long-time guidance of the most successful coach in EuroLeague history, Željko Obradović, have made Panathinaikos the most successful team in Europe over the last two-and-a-half decades.

Panathinaikos is the only team on the European continent to win as many as 6 EuroLeague titles (1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), since the establishment of the modern era EuroLeague Final Four format in 1988 (no other club has won more than four EuroLeague championships in this period). They have also finished one time as EuroLeague runners-up in 2001. They have participated in eleven EuroLeague Final Fours in total (1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012).

They hold a long-term rivalry with Olympiacos, and matches between the two teams are referred to as the "Derby of the eternal enemies".

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History[edit]

Basketball in Greece (1918–1945)[edit]

The basketball team of 1940

Panathinaikos started as a football club in 1908. In 1919, basketball was still unknown in Greece. During that period Giorgos Kalafatis with other athletes participated in the Inter-Allied Games in Paris and attended basketball games between the Allies of World War I. When he later returned to Greece with the necessary equipment, he set up the Panathinaikos basketball club, led by Apostolos Nikolaidis.

In 1919, PAO played their first match against X.A.N. Thessaloniki (YMCA), another club also pioneer of basketball in Greece, a match which took place at the Panathenaic Stadium.

In 1937, Kalafatis managed to create a new Panathinaikos team that, during the following year, tried to catch up with already established clubs like the YMCA, Ethnikos G.S. Athens, Panionios, Aris and Iraklis. Angelos Fillipou, Nikos Mantzaroglou, Litsas and Dimitrakos were the ringleaders of the group and were later joined by Telis Karagiorgos, Thymios Karadimos, Giorgos Bofilios, Philipos Papaikonomou, Petros Polycratis and Nikos Polycratis. During the German occupation that followed, Dimitris Giannatos (founding member of the basketball team) was executed by the Nazis for his resistance action.

Postwar history (1946–1970)[edit]

In 1946 (the first post-war championship) and 1947, Panathinaikos emerged champions, with the help of players like Yiannis Lambrou, Missas Pantazopoulos, Stelios Arvanitis (these players would later go on to win the bronze medal in EuroBasket 1949) and Jack Nicolaidis (nephew of Apostolos Nikolaidis).

In 1950 and 1951, Panathinaikos emerged as champions once again with the help of great athletes Faidon Matthaiou (considered the Patriarch of Greek basketball) and Nikos Milas. In 1954, the club would repeat the success, however the next five years would prove fruitless, and the club, despite its strength, would have to be renewed.

In 1961, Panathinaikos won the Greek League championship with new leaders Georgios Vassilakopoulos, Stelios Tavoularis and Petros Panagiotarakos. In 1962, Panathinaikos made the repeat, and was again the Greek League champion. That was also the year that PAO took part for the first time in a European-wide competition, as they faced Hapoel Tel Aviv in the FIBA European Champions Cup 1961–62 season.

On 23 November 1963, Panathinaikos beat Olympiacos, by a score of 90-48, in the Mantellos Cup, a tournament that was later replaced by the Greek Cup, which made its first appearance in 1976.

In 1967, Panathinaikos were crowned Greek League champions, with Giorgos Kolokithas (one of the greatest basketball players of his era) in their ranks. In 1969, the conquest of the Greek League championship was followed by the first European success of the club, the qualification to the semifinals of the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup 1968–69 season, where they were eliminated by Dinamo Tbilisi. The next year, 1970, PAO was the first Greek basketball team to use a foreign player (Craig Greenwood) in a European game.

The Golden Age (1970–1984)[edit]

During these golden years, Panathinaikos won 10 out of 14 Greek League championships,[1] with their great leader and scorer Apostolos Kontos.

During this period, Kostas Mourouzis, nicknamed the fox of coaching, managed the team of the 4-K (the young Kontos, Koroneos, Kokolakis and Kefalos). These players, along with Iordanidis, who functioned as a link with older players, won 5 consecutive Greek League championships, and made the greatest accomplishment of their time by participating in the semifinals of the FIBA European Champions Cup 1971–72 season, when they were aided by American Willy Kirkland. Unfortunately, Ignis Varese, one of the giants of the era, proved an insurmountable obstacle for Panathinaikos.

Over the next 4 seasons, Panathinaikos captured the Greek League championship once, in 1977, and also won their first Greek Cup in 1979. They acquired Memos Ioannou in 1974, and Greek-American David Stergakos in 1979 (a player that would contribute greatly to the team in the coming years).

In the five years that followed, Panathinaikos won 4 Greek League championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984) and two Greek Cups (1982, 1983). More specifically, in 1982, while coached by Kostas Politis, Panathinaikos succeeded in winning their first Greek double, as well as placing 6th in the FIBA European Champions Cup 1981–82 season. During that season's group stage, Panathinaikos finished ahead of a strong CSKA Moscow team, after winning in the last seconds of a thriller game. The club's last Greek League championship, before the club's decline that followed, was in 1984, when Panathinaikos won the big game title in Corfu, which Liveris Andritsos and Tom Kappos starring for the team.

Panathinaikos had a great chance to avoid their upcoming decline, when they discovered Rony Seikaly, but Greek government bureaucratic problems prevented him from playing in the Greek League as a Greek citizen, despite claims that he was entitled to do so, which ultimately forced him to move to the United States to play college basketball at Syracuse.

The decline of 1985–1992[edit]

In 1985, PAO finished in 3rd place in the Greek League. Stergakos, Ioannou, Vidas, Andritsos and Koroneos – who left the following year – were the key players. The balance of the Greek League's power however, had tilted in favour of Aris, and Panathinaikos ceased to be the leader of the league, and were limited to a secondary role. Nevertheless, they remained a worthy adversary. Thus, in 1986, against all odds, they managed to eliminate powerful Aris from the Greek Cup at the semifinal stage. Then Panathinakos went on to beat Olympiacos in the final, and conquered what would be their last title until 1993. During the next 2 seasons, PAO would finish in 5th place In the Greek League (their worst results in many years).

In 1988, the ban on using foreign players in the Greek League was lifted, and Panathinaikos was able to acquire Edgar Jones, from the NBA. He was a capable shooter, scorer and rebounder, and for the next 2 years, he was the star of the team. Although PAO achieved significant wins over the other major Greek teams, they did not manage any notable distinctions. Over the next two years, Antonio Davis, who later made a great career in the NBA, replaced Jones, as the leader of the team. At this point in time, Panathinaikos had also acquired some of the most talented young Greek players (Fragiskos Alvertis, Nikos Oikonomou and Christos Myriounis), but that did not stop them from experiencing the worst period in the history of the club, as they finished 7th in the Greek League in 1991, and dropped to the 8th position in 1992, which left them outside of European-wide play for the first time since 1967.

Return to distinction (1992–1995)[edit]

In 1992, the club's basketball department became professional, under the management of the Giannakopoulos family. In the summer of 1992, Panathinaikos attempted a full reconstruction of the team. Nikos Galis, the top Greek basketball player, was acquired by the club, and was flanked by star players Stojko Vranković, Tiit Sokk, and Arijan Komazec. Thus, Galis lead PAO to a Greek Cup win and also to the Greek League championship finals, where they lost despite having home court advantage. In the next season, 1993–94, Galis, along with Sasha Volkov and Stojko Vranković, led Panathinaikos to a 3rd-place finish at the 1994 FIBA European League Final Four, which was the highest finish in the club's history. Although they did not manage to win the title.

The 1994–95 season started with the best conditions, as the club acquired Panagiotis Giannakis and Žarko Paspalj. PAO was again the favourite for all domestic titles. The club started by eliminating Olympiacos from the Greek Cup in a very tough game, before the start of the Greek League championship. However, after the first games of the Greek League, Nikos Galis, the player that had led PAO in the Greek Cup game against Olympiacos, and also in the decisive game of the FIBA European League's 1994–95 season qualifiers, ended his professional basketball playing career. As a consequence, the team, despite playing some great games, only managed to retain the 3rd-place finish in Europe, and make the Greek League finals.

European, Intercontinental and Greek Champions (1996–1998)[edit]

During the years 1996–98, Panathinaikos fulfilled all of their objectives by winning the FIBA European League championship, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup and the Greek League championship (in that order).

In 1996, the expectations of the team had risen a lot, as it was imperative for Panathinaikos to obtain a significant title. In the summer of 1995, they acquired Dominique Wilkins, one of the top American players that ever played in Europe. The head coach of the team was Božidar Maljković. The former, along with Giannakis, Vranković, Alvertis, and Patavoukas, comprised a very experienced team, which, in 1996, managed an unprecedented success for Greek basketball. Indeed, in April 1996, at the Paris Final Four, Panathinaikos became the first Greek team to lift the FIBA European League championship (now called the EuroLeague), by beating Banca Catalana FC Barcelona in the tournament's final, by a score of 67–66. Back in Greece, right after the big win in Paris, Panathinaikos was not able to clinch the Greek League title, after again losing the title to Olympiacos.

In the next season, Maljković removed all the stars from the roster, in an attempt to assemble a squad based on teamwork. With the start of the season, PAO was crowned 1996 FIBA Intercontinental Cup champion, by prevailing by 2–1 wins in a 3-game series over Olimpia of Venado Tuerto, the South American League champions. Unfortunately, the restructuring of the team failed, and Panathinaikos failed to participate in the 1997 FIBA EuroLeague Final Four, in order to defend their European title. Moreover, they finished in 5th place in the Greek League championship, thus losing the right to participate in next season's EuroLeague.

In the next season, Slobodan Subotić assumed head coaching leadership of the club, and convinced Dino Rađja to come to PAO. This great transfer was accompanied by Byron Scott and Fanis Christodoulou, and with the help of Alvertis, Oikonomou, and Koch, Panathinaikos finally won the Greek League again, after 14 years.

The 1998–99 season proved very important for Panathinaikos, as Olympiacos, who had gained home court advantage in the Greek League playoffs, were prepared to return to the top. It was at the last game of the Greek League finals, when Panathinaikos achieved one of the most decisive away victories against their rivals, capturing the title.

Panathinaikos has got one of the best history in the world.

Obradović era (1999–2012)[edit]

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The arrival of Željko Obradović to Panathinaikos, during summer 1999, marked the beginning of an extraordinary period for the club, with many major successes, and the establishment of the team as one of the strongest in the history of European club basketball.

The first thing that Obradović did, was to adapt the team to Dejan Bodiroga, who was the absolute leader of Panathinaikos. As a result of the success of his strategy, PAO managed to capture 2 EuroLeague titles (2000, 2002,) after 3 consecutive EuroLeague Finals appearances (2000–2002), and also won 3 consecutive Greek League championships (1999–2001). In 2000, at the Thessaloniki EuroLeague Final Four, Panathinaikos became EuroLeague champions for the second time, after beating Macabbi Elite Tel Aviv, 73–67, in the final. In 2002, in Bologna, at the 2002 EuroLeague Final Four, Panathinaikos won the most prestigious European trophy for the third time, after beating hosts Kinder Bologna, by the score of 89–83, in the final.

Nevertheless, in this period they failed to win the Greek Cup, even though they played in two Greek Cup finals. Rebrača, Gentile, Middleton, Alvertis, Kattash, Kutluay, and Fotsis were some of the team's players who excelled during these years. The dominance in the Greek League was finally interrupted in 2002, the year that PAO won their 3rd EuroLeague championship. Also, at the end of the year, there were many significant changes in the team, starting with the withdrawal of Bodiroga, making a renewal of the team's roster an imperative.

Dimitris Diamantidis lead the EuroLeague in all-time assists, steals and PIR since the 2000–01 season, and was a six time EuroLeague Best Defender.

2002–03 was the year that Obradović used to restructure Panathinaikos, and return them to the top of Greece. He emphatically achieved this objective by leading the team to 9 straight Greek League championships (2003–11), with 6 doubles in Greece, and 2 triple crowns (i.e. Greek double plus EuroLeague champions) in the following years, thus creating a dynasty. Panathinaikos had radically changed the style of their game, after replacing Bodiroga. The game contribution of the Serbian player was replaced by an unprecedented model of teamwork, that proved that a superstar was unnecessary. Players such as Lakovič, Alvertis, Diamantidis, Fotsis, Tsartsaris, Batiste, and later Spanoulis, Šiškauskas, and Jasikevičius, who played not for themselves, but for the maximum success of the team, led to the transformation of PAO, into a title-winning machine, that was not hampered by irreplaceable players, and this quality was widely recognized.

At the 2007 EuroLeague Final Four, which was held on their home court of OAKA, in Athens, Panathinaikos became EuroLeague champions for the fourth time, after beating the defending champions at the time, CSKA Moscow, by a score of 93–91 in the final.

The same teams (PAO and CSKA), competed in the final of the 2009 EuroLeague Final Four in Berlin, where Panathinaikos won the trophy again, for the fifth time in their history. The score was 73–71. On 14 December 2009, Panathinaikos was voted the top Greek sports team of 2009, by the Greek Sports Journalists Association, with 1,291 votes. In addition, head coach Želimir Obradović, was voted the top coach, with 1,399 votes.

At the 2011 EuroLeague Final Four in Barcelona, Panathinaikos, after a great performance by Calathes in the semifinal against Montepaschi Siena (17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals), won 77–69, and reached the EuroLeague Final against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. In the final, the "Great Club" won its sixth EuroLeague title, by holding off Maccabi, by a score of 78-70.

Post-Obradović period (2012–present)[edit]

After the departure of Obradović, Panathinaikos' new head coach, Argiris Pedoulakis, was forced to make massive changes to the team, with 12 new players being added to the roster, including James Gist, Roko Ukić, and NBA players Jason Kapono and Marcus Banks. Team captains Dimitris Diamantidis and Kostas Tsartsaris led the rebuilding effort for the Greens, who reached the EuroLeague quarterfinals, only to fall to FC Barcelona Regal in a 5-game series. Panathinaikos won their 14th Greek Cup, by beating Olympiacos in the final, with a three-point difference (81-78).[2] During the same year, Panathinaikos was able to break Olympiacos' home court twice in the Greek League Finals, thus conquering the Greek League championship for the 33rd time in the club's history.

Since Dimitris Giannakopoulos first became the chairman of Panathinaikos, he repeatedly attempted to secure marketing deals with Asian corporations. The first step was made when Panathinaikos announced that they had signed Chinese basketball player Shang Ping. This deal made Panathinaikos the first European club to have a Chinese player on its roster. On 12 September 2013, Panathinaikos landed at the airport of Guangzhou, becoming the first European team to make a trip to China via airline. On 13 September 2013, Panathinaikos wrote European history once again, in less than two days, becoming the first European team to ever face a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) team. In addition, Panathinaikos became the first European team to win against a Chinese team, the Foshan Dralions, with a score of 66-67.

On 8 March 2014, due to the fans' dissatisfaction with the team's bad record in the EuroLeague, the replacement of the team's head coach, Argiris Pedoulakis, was announced. It was also announced that the team would go to the Greek League Finals under the guidance of the club's legend, Fragiskos Alvertis, who would serve as an interim caretaker coach.[3] After the conquest of another Greek double, Panathinaikos announced the recruitment of Duško Ivanović, to be their new head coach.

On 5 April 2015, Panathinaikos beat Apollon Patras, in the final of the Greek Cup, with a score of 53-68. Earlier in the cup competition, the team had to overcome the obstacles of Olympiacos and PAOK.

On 30 June 2015, Sasha Đjorđjević was announced by the team, as the club's new head coach. Panathinaikos was able to sign Greek point guard Nick Calathes, and Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica. The debut of the team was dreamy, as on 8 October 2015, Panathinaikos beat and eliminated Olympiacos, in an away match for the Greek Basketball Cup, by a score of 64-70. On 6 March 2016, Panathinaikos won the Greek Cup for the 17th time in the club's history, and for the 5th straight season, with a record score of 101-52 against the Greek 2nd Division club, Faros Keratsiniou.

On 19 April 2016, Sasha Đjorđjević was replaced by Argyris Pedoulakis, who once again took over the team's head coaching position. Despite that, the team lost against Olympiacos in the finals of the Greek League, with a 3-1 series score.

With the retirement of Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos turned over to a new page in the club's history. This led the team to increase its budget, and to obtain players such as Mike James, K.C. Rivers, Chris Singleton, and Ioannis Bourousis. Many sponsorship deals were also achieved at the same time, as well as the deal that made OPAP, Greece's biggest betting firm, the team's main sponsor. The appointment of Xavi Pascual as the team's head coach for three years, started a new era for the club.

The next two seasons, 2016/17 and 2017/18, Panathinaikos with coach Xavi Pascual managed to win two back-to-back Greek Basket League Championships against Olympiacos, and the 2017 Greek Basketball Cup against Aris. They also made it to the EuroLeague playoffs, where they faced each year's upcoming champions (Fenerbahce in 2017, and Real Madrid in 2018) and eliminated from the EuroLeague Final Four both times. In the fifth Greek Basket League Championship final of 2017, Panathinaikos defeated Olympiacos in their home court, to win the Greek Championship after two years, winning the series with 3-2. The next year, Panathinaikos managed to be the only team in Europe to finish the regular season of their domestic championship undefeated. They remained undefeated until the finals, where they met Olympiacos again, and won the series once more with 3-2.

Despite the difficulties that followed Obradović's departure and the changes in the team's roster and the team's finances, Panathinaikos is the only team in Europe that manages to win at least one title every season, for 23 consecutive seasons, since 1996.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

  • Panathinaikos Superfoods: 2016–2018
  • Panathinaikos OPAP: 2018–present

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Panathinaikos retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Date retired
1 Dedicated to the fans of the team and Gate 13
4 Greece Fragiskos Alvertis SF 1990–2009 11 October 2009[4]
13 Greece Dimitris Diamantidis PG 2004–2016 17 September 2016[5]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Panathinaikos roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 0 United States Thomas, Deshaun 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 27 – (1991-08-29)29 August 1991
G 5 United States Langford, Keith 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 35 – (1983-09-14)14 September 1983
C 6 Greece Papagiannis, Georgios 2.20 m (7 ft 3 in) 125 kg (276 lb) 21 – (1997-07-03)3 July 1997
F/C 7 Gabon Lasme, Stéphane 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 35 – (1982-12-17)17 December 1982
G 9 Greece Sakellariou, Vangelis 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1989-08-04)4 August 1989
F 10 Greece Papapetrou, Ioannis 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 24 – (1994-03-30)30 March 1994
SG 11 Greece Pappas, Nikos 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 28 – (1990-07-11)11 July 1990
F/C 14 United States Gist, James 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 106.5 kg (235 lb) 31 – (1986-10-26)26 October 1986
C 15 Greece Vougioukas, Ian 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 127 kg (280 lb) 33 – (1985-05-31)31 May 1985
G 16 Greece Kalaitzakis, Georgios 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 19 – (1999-01-02)2 January 1999
PG 19 Lithuania Lekavičius, Lukas 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 24 – (1994-03-30)30 March 1994
G/F 24 Belgium Lojeski, Matt 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 33 – (1985-07-24)24 July 1985
PG 33 Greece Calathes, Nick (C) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 29 – (1989-02-07)7 February 1989
F 43 Greece Antetokounmpo, Thanasis 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 26 – (1992-07-18)18 July 1992
PF 44 Greece Mitoglou, Dinos 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 22 – (1996-06-11)11 June 1996
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Greece Savvas Aronis
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: August 1, 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C James Gist Stéphane Lasme Ian Vougioukas Georgios Papagiannis
PF Deshaun Thomas Dinos Mitoglou
SF Matt Lojeski Ioannis Papapetrou Thanasis Antetokounmpo
SG Keith Langford Nikos Pappas Vangelis Sakellariou
PG Nick Calathes Lukas Lekavičius Georgios Kalaitzakis

Squad changes for the 2018–19 season[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From
27 June 2018 C Gabon Stéphane Lasme Russia BC UNICS
10 July 2018 SF Greece Ioannis Papapetrou Greece Olympiacos
14 July 2018 SG United States Keith Langford Israel Maccabi Rishon
20 July 2018 C Greece Georgios Papagiannis United States Portland Trail Blazers
30 July 2018 SF/PF United States Deshaun Thomas Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
31 July 2018 PG/SG Greece Vangelis Sakellariou Greece Panionios

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To
26 June 2018 PF United States Kenny Gabriel Turkey Türk Telekom
13 July 2018 PG/SG United States Mike James Italy Olimpia Milano
17 July 2018 PF/C United States Chris Singleton Spain FC Barcelona Bàsquet
25 July 2018 SG United States Marcus Denmon China Zhejiang Golden Bulls
31 July 2018 C/PF United States Adreian Payne Free Agent
1 July 2018 SF/SG United States K. C. Rivers Free Agent
7 August 2018 C Greece Zach Auguste Turkey Galatasaray
20 August 2018 SF Greece Vasilis Charalampopoulos Greece Lavrio

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (36) (record):[7] 1945–46, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18
Runners-up (11): 1952–53, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winners (18) (record):[8] 1978–79, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Runners-up (5): 1984–85, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2009–10, 2010–11

European competitions[edit]

Winners (6): 1995–96, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11
Runners-up (1): 2000–01
Semifinalists (1): 1971–72
3rd place (3): 1993–94, 1994–95, 2004–05
4th place (1): 2011–12
Final Four (11): 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
Semifinalists (2): 1968–69, 1997–98

Worldwide competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1996

Other competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1999

Individual club awards[edit]

Winners (10) (record): 1981–82, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17
Winners (2): 2006–07, 2008–09

Crest and colours[edit]

The trifolium is the emblem of the team; a symbol of harmony, unity, nature and good luck. The main colours of the team, since its foundation, are green and white (green for health and nature, such as physiolatry, and white for virtue). Alternative colours also used include black, lime, dark blue/violet uniforms, and elements of gold.

Since 1992, the year in which the club's basketball department became professional, Panathinaikos B.C. uses its own logo.

Sponsors and Manufacturers[edit]

Since 1982, Panathinaikos has a specific kit manufacturer and a kit sponsor. The following tables detail the shirt sponsors and kit suppliers by year:

Panathinaikos BC shirt history
Panathinaikos BC training shirt (2008–09)
Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor
1982–1986 Converse Motor Oil
1986–1989 Nike
1989–1992 None
1992–1993 Reebok Maxwell House
1993–1994 Adidas
1994–1996 Nike Beck's
1996–1997 Pony Dental V6
1997–1998 None
1998–1999 Nike
1999–2000 Bake Rolls
2000–2008 Adidas Nokia Series
2008–2011 Cosmote
2011–2014 Pame Stoixima
2014–2016 Stoiximan.gr
2016–present Pame Stoixima

Current sponsorships[edit]

Historical uniforms[edit]

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1957–59 jersey
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Team colours
1957–59
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1970–75[10] jersey
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Team colours
1970–75[10]
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1992–93 jersey
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Team colours
1992–93
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2007–11 jersey
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Team colours
2007–11
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2013 (A) jersey
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Team colours
2013 (A)
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2014 (A) jersey
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Team colours
2014 (A)
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2016–17 (A) jersey
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Team colours
2016–17 (A)
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2016–17 jersey
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Team colours
2016–17

Arena[edit]

Panathinaikos' long-time home court is the O.A.K.A., which is the largest indoor venue in Greece. It is located in Marousi, and is a part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. The venue was completed in 1995, and renovated for the 2004 Summer Olympics. It is considered to be one of the biggest and most modern indoor sports arenas in all of Europe. The seating capacity for basketball games is 18,989,[11] however, the arena can hold up to a capacity of 20,000.

Supporters[edit]

The team, which is famous for its fans' passionate support, also set a record (broken in 2009), for the highest home game attendance in the history of the EuroLeague, which was 20,000 fans,[12] achieved at a home game in OAKA, against Benetton Treviso, on 29 March 2006, during the second phase of the 2005–06 EuroLeague.

An attendance of 18,900 fans has also been achieved three times in the EuroLeague, in home games of the Greens, against Efes Pilsen in 2005, and TAU Cerámica (twice) in 2006. While PAO no longer holds the record for largest EuroLeague home crowd, it still holds the honor of being involved in the record attendance game. PAO was the opponent of Partizan Belgrade, when it drew 22,567 fans to Belgrade Arena, during a 2008–09 EuroLeague game.[13] Τhe EuroLeague attendance record was then broken again by Panathinaikos, on 18 April 2013, on the season's 4th EuroLeague game (2012–13 EuroLeague) against FC Barcelona. It was estimated that the number of viewers reached 30,000 (over 25,000 officially). However, the EuroLeague does not officially recognize that as the all-time attendance record, since the number of fans in the arena, went over the arena's normal seating capacity.

"Mr. Green" is the official mascot of Panathinaikos B.C. "Born" in 2006, he is a muscular basketball player, with a basketball for a head. He entertains fans of all age groups during game breaks, gives away presents, and participates in all entertainment events inside the court.[14]

Seasons[edit]

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Season Greek League Greek Cup Europe Head Coach Roster
1945–46 Champion No tournament No tournament Misas Pantazopoulos Giannis Lambrou, Misas Pantazopoulos, Stelios Arvanitis, Jack Nikolaidis, Giorgos Nikolaidis, Thymios Karadimos
1946–47 Champion No tournament No tournament Misas Pantazopoulos Giannis Lambrou, Misas Pantazopoulos, Stelios Arvanitis, Jack Nikolaidis, Giorgos Nikolaidis, Dimitrakopoulos
1948–49 4th place No tournament No tournament Misas Pantazopoulos Giannis Lambrou, Stelios Arvanitis, Misas Pantazopoulos, Nikos Milas, Petros Dimitropoulos, Alekos Karalis, Fanis Theofanis, Dimitrakopoulos
1949–50 Champion No tournament No tournament Misas Pantazopoulos Fedon Mattheou, Giannis Lambrou, Misas Pantazopoulos, Stelios Arvanitis, Nikos Milas, Petros Dimitropoulos, Alekos Karalis, Panos Koukopoulos, Thanasis Koukopoulos, Fanis Theofanis, Kaligeris, Vithipoulias, Papatheoharis, Giazimis, Genimatas
1950–51 Champion No tournament No tournament Misas Pantazopoulos Fedon Mattheou, Giannis Lambrou, Stelios Arvanitis, Nikos Milas, Giorgos Oven, Fanis Theofannis, Kaligeris, Papatheoharis, Tripos, Vithipoulias, Konidis, Filipou, Yiaximis, Genimatas
1952–53 2nd place No tournament No tournament Fedon Mattheou, Giannis Lambrou, Stelios Arvanitis, Nikos Milas, Alekos Karalis, Panos Koukopoulos, Yiaximis, Konidis, Kaligeris, Eftaxias
1953–54 Champion No tournament No tournament Fedon Mattheou, Stelios Arvanitis, Nikos Milas, Panos Koukopoulos, Stelios Tavoularis, Giorgos Oven, Alekos Karalis, Giannis Malakates, Yiaximis, Varias, Konidis, Yianopoulos, Stamatiou, Kimanis
1960–61 Champion No tournament No tournament Nikos Milas Panos Koukopoulos, Petros Panagiotarakos, Makridis, Liamis, Zanos, Koutsoukos, Tavoularis, Papakonstantopoulos, Mandilaris, Dedes, Katsikidis, Nakios, Sitzakis
1961–62 Champion No tournament Euroleague
Last 32
Kimonas Agathos Petros Panagiotarakos, Giorgos Vassilakopoulos, Panos Koukopoulos, Liamis, Tavoularis, Katsikidis, Zanos, Makridis, Antoniadis, Mandilaris, Panagiotidis, Papadimitriou
1962–63 4th place No tournament Euroleague
Last 16
Panos Koukopoulos Petros Panagiotarakos, Giorgos Vassilakopoulos, Kostas Politis, Panos Koukopoulos, Stelios Tavoularis, Liamis, Katsikidis, Zanis
1963–64 3rd place No tournament Not participated Nikos Milas Kostas Politis, Mihalis Kiritsis, Petros Panagiotarakos, Giorgos Vassilakopoulos, Andreas Chaikalis, Gavrilos Antoniadis, Christos Antoniadis, Stelios Tavoularis, Kostas Politis, Papadimitriou
1964–65 6th place No tournament Not participated Nikos Milas Petros Panagiotarakos, Giorgos Vassilakopoulos, Kostas Politis, Mihalis Kiritsis, Andreas Chaikalis, Christos Iordanidis
1965–66 3rd place No tournament Not participated Mio Stefanović Giorgos Kolokythas, Petros Panagiotarakos, Giorgos Vassilakopoulos, Kostas Politis, Mihalis Kiritsis, Andreas Chaikalis, Christos Iordanidis
1966–67 Champion No tournament Not participated Kostas Mourouzis Giorgos Kolokythas, Kostas Politis, Giorgos Vassilakopoulos, Mihalis Kiritsis, Petros Panagiotarakos, Thanasis Peppas, Andreas Chaikalis, Kouzoupis, Liamis, Lekkakis, Stefanou
1967–68 2nd place No tournament Euroleague
Last 16
Kostas Mourouzis Giorgos Kolokythas, Kostas Politis, Petros Panagiotarakos, Thanasis Peppas, Andreas Haikalis
1968–69 Champion No tournament Cup Winners' Cup
Last 4
Kostas Mourouzis Giorgos Kolokythas, Kostas Politis, Christos Iordanidis, Petros Panagiotarakos, Thanasis Peppas, Andreas Haikalis, Craig Greenwood
1969–70 2nd place No tournament Euroleague
Last 16
Kostas Mourouzis Apostolos Kontos, Giorgos Kolokythas, Dimitris Kokolakis, Christos Iordanidis, Christos Kefalos, Kostas Politis, Haris Papazoglou, Petros Panagiotarakos, Thanasis Peppas, Andreas Haikalis, Andreas Papantoniou
1970–71 Champion No tournament Cup Winners' Cup
Last 16
Kostas Mourouzis Giorgos Kolokythas, Christos Iordanidis, Kostas Politis, Petros Panagiotarakos, Thanasis Peppas, Andreas Haikalis
1971–72 Champion No tournament Euroleague
Last 4
Kostas Mourouzis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, Christos Kefalos, Christos Iordanidis, Michalis Kiritsis, Giannis Dimaras, Haris Papazoglou, Andreas Papantoniou, Petros Panagiotarakos, Thanasis Peppas, Andreas Haikalis, Zografos, Zegleris, Paraskevas, Willy Kirkland
1972–73 Champion No tournament Euroleague
Last 32
Kostas Mourouzis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, Christos Iordanidis, Christos Kefalos, Andreas Papantoniou, Giannis Dimaras, Andreas Haikalis, Haris Papazoglou, Sigas, Houseas, Broutsos, Bogdanos, Poulidis, Michelis
1973–74 Champion No tournament Euroleague
Last 16
Kostas Mourouzis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Christos Iordanidis, Christos Kefalos, Haris Papazoglou, Andreas Haikalis, Andreas Papantoniou, Giannis Dimaras, Houseas, Poulidis, Koumanakos, Bogdanos
1974–75 Champion No tournament Euroleague
Last 16
Richard Dukeshire Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, Christos Iordanidis, Christos Kefalos, Memos Ioannou, Kostas Batis, Haris Papazoglou, Andreas Papantoniou, S. Kontos, Kabourakis, Spiliopoulos
1975–76 3rd place Last 4 Euroleague
Last 16
Nikos Milas Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, Christos Iordanidis, Christos Kefalos, Memos Ioannou, Kostas Batis, Haris Papazoglou, Andreas Papantoniou, Andreas Haikalis, Kampourakis, S. Kontos
1976–77 Champion Last 4 Korać Cup
Last 27
Kostas Anastasatos Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, Christos Kefalos, Memos Ioannou, Kostas Batis, Andreas Papantoniou, Haris Papazoglou, S. Kontos, Kakogeorgiou, Kabourakis, Petrakakis
1977–78 2nd place Last 4 Euroleague
Last 18
Kostas Anastasatos Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, Christos Iordanidis, Memos Ioannou, Christos Kefalos, Kostas Batis, Andreas Papantoniou, Haris Papazoglou
1978–79 3rd place Winners Korać Cup
Last 16
Kostas Politis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Kostas Batis, Andreas Papantoniou, Haris Papazoglou
1979–80 Champion Last 8 Cup Winners' Cup
Last 8
Kostas Politis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Memos Ioannou, Kyriakos Vidas, Kostas Batis, Andreas Papantoniou, Haris Papazoglou, Garos, Georganas, Kalogeropoulos
1980–81 Champion Last 8 Euroleague
Last 8
Kostas Politis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Kyriakos Vidas, Memos Ioannou, Andreas Papantoniou, Katsinis, Garos, Georganas, Kalogeropoulos, Metaxas
1981–82 Champion Winners Euroleague
Final-6
Kostas Politis Apostolos Kontos, Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Kyriakos Vidas, Memos Ioannou, Kostas Batis, Andreas Papantoniou, Kim Woolfolk, David Thompson, Katsinis, Georganas, Venieris, Kalogeropoulos, Garos, Karanasos
1982–83 3rd place Winners Euroleague
Last 5
Christos Kefalos Dimitris Kokolakis, Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Memos Ioannou, Tom Kappos
1983–84 Champion Last 4 Cup Winners' Cup
Last 8
Michalis Kyritsis Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Memos Ioannou, Liveris Andritsos, Kyriakos Vidas, Giorgos Skropolithas, Tom Kappos, Tolias, Kalogeropoulos, Politis, Tsantilis, Sotiriou
1984–85 3rd place Finalist Euroleague
Last 8
Michalis Kyritsis Takis Koroneos, David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Kyriakos Vidas, Memos Ioannou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Tom Kappos, Tolias, Kalogeropoulos, Politis, Tsantilis, Sotiriou
1985–86 4th place Winners Cup Winners' Cup
Last 16
Michalis Kyritsis David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Memos Ioannou, Kyriakos Vidas, Argiris Papapetrou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Petroudakis
1986–87 5th place Last 16 Cup Winners' Cup
Last 32
Kostas Mourouzis David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Memos Ioannou, Argyris Papapetrou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Kostas Missas, Dimitris Dimakopoulos, Dionysis Fragiskatos
1987–88 5th place Last 16 Korać Cup
Last 32
Richard Dukshire David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Memos Ioannou, Argyris Papapetrou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Kostas Missas, Dimitris Dimakopoulos, Dionysis Fragiskatos
1988–89 3rd place Last 4 Korać Cup
Last 16
Mihalis Kyritsis Edgar Jones, David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Memos Ioannou, Argyris Papapetrou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Argyris Pedoulakis, Dimitris Dimakopoulos, Dionysis Fragiskatos
1989–90 5th place Last 8 Korać Cup
Last 64
Christos Iordanidis Edgar Jones, David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Memos Ioannou, Takis Koroneos, Argyris Papapetrou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Argyris Pedulakis, Dimitris Dimakopoulos, Dionysis Fragiskatos
1990–91 7th place Last 4 Korać Cup
Last 16
Christos Iordanidis Antonio Davis, David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Giorgos Skropolithas, Argyris Pedulakis, Argyris Papapetrou, Dimitris Dimakopoulos, Wayne Yearwood, Dinos Kalambakos
1991–92 8th place Last 4 Korać Cup
Last 16
Željko Pavličević Fragiskos Alvertis, Antonio Davis, Nikos Ekonomou, Christos Myriounis, Minas Gekos, David Stergakos, Liveris Andritsos, Argyris Papapetrou, Giorgos Skropolithas, Argyris Pedulakis, Dinos Kalambakos Yannis Georgikopoulos, Greg Ikonomu, Sotiris Manolopoulos, Scott Roth
1992–93 2nd place Winners Not participated Željko Pavličević Fragiskos Alvertis, Nikos Galis, Arijan Komazec, Stojko Vranković, Tiit Sokk, Nikos Ekonomou, Christos Myriounis, Argiris Papapetrou, Giannis Georgikopoulos
1993–94 3rd place Last 16 EuroLeague
3rd place
Kostas Politis Fragiskos Alvertis, Nikos Galis, Sasha Volkov, Stojko Vranković, Tiit Sokk, Nikos Ekonomou, Christos Myriounis, Costas Patavoukas, Yannis Papayannis, Giannis Georgikopoulos, Minas Gekos, Aivar Kuusmaa, Giorgos Chrysanthopoulos, Dionysis Kourlis
1994–95 2nd place Last 16 EuroLeague
3rd place
Efthimis Kiumurtzoglou Fragiskos Alvertis, Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Žarko Paspalj, Stojko Vranković, Miroslav Pecarski, Tiit Sokk, Nikos Ekonomou, Christos Myriounis, Costas Patavoukas, Yannis Papayannis, Giannis Georgikopoulos, Aivar Kuusmaa, Giorgos Chrysanthopoulos, Dionysis Kourlis
1995–96 2nd place Winners EuroLeague
Champion
Božidar Maljković Fragiskos Alvertis, Dominique Wilkins, Stojko Vranković, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Ekonomou, Kostas Patavoukas, John Korfas, Tzanis Stavrakopoulos, Miroslav Pecarski, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Christos Myriounis
1996–97 5th place Last 4 Intercontinental Cup Winner Božidar Maljković Mihalis Kyritsis rowspan=2| Fragiskos Alvertis, Nikos Ekonomou, Byron Dinkins, Michael Koch, John Korfas, Marcelo Nicola, Hugo Sconochini, Ferran Martínez, Julius Nwosu, John Amaechi, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Giannis Georgikopoulos, John Salley, Sasa Markovic, Leonidas Skoutaris
EuroLeague Last 8
1997–98 Champion Last 4 EuroCup
Last 4
Slobodan Subotić Fragiskos Alvertis, Dino Rađa, Byron Scott, Fannis Christodoulou, Nikos Ekonomou, Antonis Fotsis, Michael Koch, Ferran Martínez, Costas Patavoukas, Sascha Hupmann, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Johnny Branch, Andreas Glyniadakis, Vagelis Vourtzoumis
1998–99 Champion Last 8 EuroLeague
Last 16
Slobodan Subotić Fragiskos Alvertis, Dejan Bodiroga, Dino Rađa, Nikos Ekonomou, Ferdinando Gentile, Michael Koch, Costas Patavoukas, Nikos Boudouris, Pat Burke, Sascha Hupmann, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Kostas Maglos, Alexandros Anthis
1999–00 Champion Finalist EuroLeague
Champion
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Dejan Bodiroga, Željko Rebrača, Johnny Rogers, Oded Kattash, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Antonis Fotsis, Ferdinando Gentile, Michael Koch, Nikos Boudouris, Pat Burke
2000–01 Champion Finalist SuproLeague
Finalist
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Dejan Bodiroga, Željko Rebrača, Johnny Rogers, Pat Burke, Antonis Fotsis, Ferdinando Gentile, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Oded Kattash, Michael Koch, Darryl Middleton, Giorgos Baloyannis, Andreas Glyniadakis, Yannis Rodostoglou, Marios Voulgaridis
2001–02 3rd place Last 4 Euroleague
Champion
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Dejan Bodiroga, İbrahim Kutluay, Johnny Rogers, Darryl Middleton, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Damir Mulaomerović, Pepe Sánchez, Giannis Sioutis, Giorgos Balogiannis, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Giannis Giannoulis, Christos Vidalis, Michalis Svoronos, Serafim Theos, Corey Albano
2002–03 Champion Winner Euroleague
Last 8
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Jaka Lakovič, Ariel McDonald, Darryl Middleton, Kostas Tsartsaris, Giorgos Balogiannis, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Antonis Fotsis, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Rodney Buford, Zouritsa Zouza, Christos Vidalis
2003–04 Champion Last 32 Euroleague
Last 16
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Darryl Middleton, Mike Batiste, Ariel McDonald, Jaka Lakovič, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Kostas Tsartsaris, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Giannis Gagaloudis, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Dušan Šakota, Giorgos Maslarinos, Artemis Kouvaris, Haris Mujezinović
2004–05 Champion Winner Euroleague
3rd place
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Dimitris Diamantidis, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Jaka Lakovič, İbrahim Kutluay, Vlado Šćepanović, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Mike Batiste, Kostas Tsartsaris, Lonny Baxter, Darryl Middleton, Patrick Femerling, Dušan Šakota, Vasilis Xanthopoulos
2005–06 Champion Winner Euroleague
Last 8
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Dimitris Diamantidis, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Jaka Lakovič, Vassilis Spanoulis, Vlado Šćepanović, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Dušan Šakota, Mike Batiste, Kostas Tsartsaris, Dejan Tomašević, Patrick Femerling, Brandon Hunter
2006–07 Champion Winner Euroleague
Champion
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Dimitris Diamantidis, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Sani Bečirovič, Mike Batiste, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dimos Dikoudis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Tony Delk, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Vasilis Xanthopoulos, Dejan Tomašević, Dušan Šakota, Miloš Vujanić, Robertas Javtokas
2007–08 Champion Winner Euroleague
Last 16
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dimitris Diamantidis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Dejan Tomašević, Dimos Dikoudis, Sani Bečirovič, Stratos Perperoglou, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Kennedy Winston, Andrija Žižić, Nikola Prkačin, Aris Tatarounis
2008–09 Champion Winner Euroleague
Champion
Željko Obradović Fragiskos Alvertis, Antonis Fotsis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dimitris Diamantidis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Stratos Perperoglou, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Drew Nicholas, Nikola Peković, Giorgi Shermadini, Dimitris Verginis, Dušan Kecman
2009–10 Champion Finalist Euroleague
Last 16
Željko Obradović Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonis Fotsis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Vassilis Spanoulis, Stratos Perperoglou, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Drew Nicholas, Nikola Peković, Giorgi Shermadini, Dimitris Verginis, Nick Calathes, Milenko Tepić, Georgios Bogris, Jurica Golemac, Marcus Haislip, Ioannis Karamalegkos
2010–11 Champion Finalist Euroleague
Champion
Željko Obradović Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonis Fotsis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Stratos Perperoglou, Drew Nicholas, Nick Calathes, Milenko Tepić, Georgios Bogris, Romain Sato, Aleks Marić, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Ian Vougioukas, Fotios Zoumpos, Ioannis Karamalegkos, Paris Maragkos
2011–12 2nd place Winner Euroleague
4th place
Željko Obradović Dimitris Diamantidis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Mike Batiste, Stratos Perperoglou, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Nick Calathes, Romain Sato, Aleks Marić, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Ian Vougioukas, David Logan, Steven Smith, Alexis Kyritsis, Pat Calathes, Fotios Zoumpos
2012–13 Champion Winner Euroleague
Last 8
Argyris Pedoulakis Dimitris Diamantidis, Kostas Tsartsaris, Sofoklis Schortsianitis, Stéphane Lasme, Jonas Mačiulis, Mike Bramos, Roko Ukić, James Gist, Marcus Banks, Vassilis Xanthopoulos, Charis Giannopoulos, Gaios Skordilis, Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Giorgos Diamantakos, Ramel Curry, R. T. Guinn, Jason Kapono
2013–14 Champion Winner Euroleague
Last 8
Argyris Pedoulakis, Fragiskos Alvertis Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonis Fotsis, Mike Batiste, Jonas Mačiulis, Mike Bramos, Ramel Curry, Roko Ukić, Stéphane Lasme, James Gist, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Nikos Pappas, Vladimiros Giankovits, Shang Ping, Gaios Skordilis, Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Giorgos Diamantakos, Georgios Apostolidis, Zack Wright
2014–15 2nd place Winner Euroleague
Last 8
Duško Ivanović, Sotiris Manolopoulos Dimitris Diamantidis, Esteban Batista, Jānis Blūms, Lefteris Bochoridis, Antonis Fotsis, Vladimiros Giankovits, James Gist, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, DeMarcus Nelson, Nikos Pappas, A.J. Slaughter, Vasileios Charalampopoulos, Giorgos Diamantakos, Antonis Koniaris, Michalis Lountzis, Georgios Papagiannis, D.J. Cooper, Raymar Morgan, Gani Lawal, Julian Wright
2015–16 2nd place Winner Euroleague
Last 8
Aleksandar Đorđević
Argyris Pedoulakis
Dimitris Diamantidis, Aleksandar Pavlović, Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Antonis Koniaris, Lefteris Bochoridis, Vlantimir Giankovits, Antonis Fotsis, Miroslav Raduljica, Nikos Pappas, James Feldeine, James Gist, Nick Calathes, Georgios Kalaitzakis, Konstantinos Papadakis, Georgios Papagiannis, Michalis Lountzis, Ognjen Kuzmić, MarQuez Haynes, Elliot Williams, Vince Hunter
2016–17 Champion Winner EuroLeague
Last 8
Argyris Pedoulakis
Georgios Vovoras
Xavi Pascual
Antonis Fotsis, Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Nikos Pappas, James Feldeine, James Gist, Nick Calathes, Chris Singleton, K. C. Rivers, Mike James, Demetris Nichols, Lefteris Bochoridis, Kenny Gabriel, Alessandro Gentile, Ioannis Bourousis, Georgios Kalaitzakis, Michalis Lountzis, Kostas Gontikas, Pat Calathes
2017–18 Champion Last 4 EuroLeague
Last 8
Xavi Pascual Nikos Pappas, James Gist, Nick Calathes, Chris Singleton, K. C. Rivers, Marcus Denmon, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Matt Lojeski, Lukas Lekavičius, Ian Vougioukas, Zach Auguste, Kenny Gabriel, Dinos Mitoglou, Georgios Kalaitzakis, Mike James, Adreian Payne, Lefteris Bochoridis

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Greek Cup European competitions
1945–46 1 GBL
1st
1946–47 1 GBL
1st
1948–49 1 GBL
4th
1950–51 1 GBL
1st
1952–53 1 GBL
2nd
1953–54 1 GBL
1st
1960–61 1 GBL
1st
1961–62 1 GBL
1st
1 Euroleague
R32
1962–63 1 GBL
4th
1 Euroleague
R16
1963–64 1 GBL
3rd
1964–65 1 GBL
6th
1965–66 1 GBL
3rd
1966–67 1 GBL
1st
1967–68 1 GBL
2nd
1 Euroleague
R16
1968–69 1 GBL
1st
2 Winners' Cup
SF
1969–70 1 GBL
2nd
1 Euroleague
L16
1970–71 1 GBL
1st
2 Winners' Cup
L16
1971–72 1 GBL
1st
1 Euroleague
SF
1972–73 1 GBL
1st
1 Euroleague
L32
1973–74 1 GBL
1st
1 Euroleague
L16
1974–75 1 GBL
1st
1 Euroleague
L16
1975–76 1 GBL
3rd
Semifinalist 1 Euroleague
L16
1976–77 1 GBL
1st
Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup
L27
1977–78 1 GBL
2nd
Semifinalist 1 Euroleague
L18
1978–79 1 GBL
3rd
Semifinalist 1 Korać Cup
L16
1979–80 1 GBL
1st
Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague
QF
1980–81 1 GBL
1st
Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague
QF
1981–82 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
SF
1982–83 1 GBL
3rd
Champions 1 Euroleague
L24
1983–84 1 GBL
1st
Semifinalist 2 Winners' Cup
QF
1984–85 1 GBL
3rd
Runner-up 1 Euroleague
QF
1985–86 1 GBL
4th
Champions 2 Winners' Cup
L16
1986–87 1 GBL
5th
Last 16 2 Winners' Cup
L32
1987–88 1 GBL
5th
Last 16 3 Korać Cup
L32
1988–89 1 GBL
3rd
Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup
L16
1989–90 1 GBL
5th
Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup
R64
1990–91 1 GBL
7th
Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup
L16
1991–92 1 GBL
8th
Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup
L16
1992–93 1 GBL
2nd
Champions
1993–94 1 GBL
3rd
Last 16 1 Euroleague
3rd
1994–95 1 GBL
2nd
Champions 1 Euroleague
3rd
1995–96 1 GBL
2nd
Champions 1 Euroleague
C
1996–97 1 GBL
5th
Semifinalist 1 Euroleague
QF
1997–98 1 GBL
1st
Semifinalist 2 Saporta Cup
SF
1998–99 1 GBL
1st
Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague
L16
1999–00 1 GBL
1st
Runner-up 1 Euroleague
C
2000–01 1 GBL
1st
Runner-up 1 SuproLeague
RU
2001–02 1 GBL
3rd
Semifinalist 1 Euroleague
C
2002–03 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
QF
2003–04 1 GBL
1st
Last 32 1 Euroleague
L16
2004–05 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
3rd
2005–06 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
QF
2006–07 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
C
2007–08 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
L16
2008–09 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
C
2009–10 1 GBL
1st
Runner-up 1 Euroleague
L16
2010–11 1 GBL
1st
Runner-up 1 Euroleague
C
2011–12 1 GBL
2nd
Champions 1 Euroleague
4th
2012–13 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
QF
2013–14 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 Euroleague
QF
2014–15 1 GBL
2nd
Champions 1 Euroleague
QF
2015–16 1 GBL
2nd
Champions 1 Euroleague
QF
2016–17 1 GBL
1st
Champions 1 EuroLeague
QF
19-14
2017–18 1 GBL
1st
Semifinalist 1 EuroLeague
QF
34-2

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
EuroLeague
1971–72 Semi-finals eliminated by Ignis Varese, 78–70 (W) in Athens, 55–69 (L) in Varese
1981–82 Semi-final group stage 6th place in a group with Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, Squibb Cantù, Partizan, FC Barcelona and Nashua EBBC
1993–94 Final four 3rd place in Tel Aviv, lost to Olympiacos 72–77 in the semi-final, defeated Banca Catalana FC Barcelona 100–83 in the 3rd place game
1994–95 Final four 3rd place in Zaragoza, lost to Olympiacos 52–58 in the semi-final, defeated Limoges CSP 91–77 in the 3rd place game
1995–96 Champions defeated CSKA Moscow 81–71 in the semi-final, defeated Banca Catalana FC Barcelona 67–66 in the final of the Final Four in Paris
1996–97 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–0 by Olympiacos, 49–69 (L) in Athens, 57–65 (L) in Piraeus
1999–00 Champions defeated Efes Pilsen 81-71 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 73–67 in the final of the Final Four in Thessaloniki
2000–01 Final defeated Efes Pilsen 74-66 in the semi-final, lost to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 67-81 in the Final Paris
2001–02 Champions defeated Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 83-75 in the semi-final, defeated Kinder Bologna 89–83 in the final of the Final Four in Bologna
2004–05 Final four 3rd place in Moscow, lost to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 82-91 in the semi-final, defeated CSKA Moscow 94-91 in the 3rd place game
2005–06 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Tau Cerámica, 84–72 (W) in Athens, 79–85 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz, 71–74 (L) in Athens
2006–07 Champions defeated Tau Cerámica 67-53 in the semi-final, defeated CSKA Moscow 93–91 in the final of the Final Four in Athens
2008–09 Champions defeated Olympiacos 84-82 in the semi-final, defeated CSKA Moscow 73–71 in the final of the Final Four in Berlin
2010–11 Champions defeated Montepaschi Siena 77-69 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70–78 in the final of the Final Four in Barcelona
2011–12 Final four 4th place in Istanbul, lost to CSKA Moscow 64-66 in the semi-final, lost to FC Barcelona Regal 69-74 in the 3rd place game
2012–13 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-2 by FC Barcelona Regal, 70–72 (L) & 66-65 (W) in Barcelona, 65–63 (W) & 60-70 (L) in Athens and 53–63 (L) in ...
2013–14 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-2 by CSKA Moscow, 74-77 (L) & 51-77 (L) in Moscow, 65-59 (W) & 73-72 (W) in Athens and 44-74 (L) in Moscow
2014–15 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-1 by CSKA Moscow, 66-93 (L) & 80-100 (L) in Moscow, 86-85 (W) & 55-74 (L) in Athens
2015–16 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-0 by Laboral Kutxa, 68-84 (L) & 78-82 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz, 75-84 (L) in Athens
2016–17 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-0 by Fenerbahçe, 58-71 (L) & 75-80 (L) in Athens, 61-79 (L) in Istanbul
2017–18 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-1 by Real Madrid, 95-67 (W) & 82-89 (L) in Athens, 74-81 (L) & 82-89 (L) in Madrid
Saporta Cup
1968–69 Semi-finals eliminated by Dinamo Tbilisi, 81–67 (W) in Athens, 71–103 (L) in Tbilisi
1979–80 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with Gabetti Cantù, Parker Leiden and Caen
1983–84 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with Real Madrid, Scavolini Pesaro and Rudá hvězda Pardubice
1997–98 Semi-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 77–58 (W) in Athens, 61–86 (L) in Milan
Intercontinental Cup
1996 Champions defeated 2–1 Olimpia, 83-89 (L) in Venado Tuerto, 83-78 (W) and 101-76 (W) in Athens

The road to the six EuroLeague victories[edit]

Less significant European successes[edit]

Panathinaikos has advanced to the Final Four of the EuroLeague (and its predecessor) another five times: Tel Aviv in 1994 (3rd), Zaragoza in 1995 (3rd), Paris in 2001 (2nd), Moscow in 2005 (3rd), and Istanbul in 2012 (4th). Other significant successes are: the two appearances in the semifinals of the FIBA Cup Winners' Cup (1968–69, 1997–98), as well as the road to the semifinals of the FIBA European Champions' Cup in the 1971–72 season (eliminated by Ignis Varese (78–70, 55–69). In the 1981–82 season, Panathinaikos participated in the semifinals of the FIBA European Champions' Cup, after eliminating the teams of CSKA Moscow and Levski-Spartak, in that order.

Friendly games against NBA and Chinese teams[edit]

Panathinaikos has twice made a tour of the United States, for friendly games. In 2003, when they played against the NBA team the Toronto Raptors,[15] and in 2007. On 11 October 2007, Panathinaikos played against the NBA's Houston Rockets,[16] and on 18 October 2007, they played against the defending NBA champions at the time, the San Antonio Spurs.

10 October 2003
Toronto Raptors Canada 100–76 Greece Panathinaikos
11 October 2007
Houston Rockets United States 107–70 Greece Panathinaikos
13 October 2007
San Antonio Spurs United States 113–91 Greece Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos has also twice made a tour in China for friendly games. In 2013, when they played against Foshan Long Lions. On 28 September 2015, Panathinaikos played against Zhejiang Lions, and on 30 September 2015, they played against the Guangdong Tigers.

15 September 2013
Foshan Dralions China 66–67 Greece Panathinaikos
28 September 2015
Zhejiang Lions China 64–83 Greece Panathinaikos
30 September 2015
Guangdong Tigers China 63–85 Greece Panathinaikos

Season-by-season records[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Listed as Green Legends in Panathinaikos B.C. site:[17]

Mentioned by Panathinaikos B.C. as players who have left their mark in basketball history:[18]

Club captains[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Honours and statistics[edit]

League records[edit]

During a Panathinaikos game
Outline Record
Champions without a loss 4 times (1945–46, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1953–54)
Champions in a row 9 seasons (2002–2003, 2003–2004, 2004–2005, 2005–2006, 2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2010–2011)
Best regular season record in A1 GBL 26-0 (2017-18)
Best playoffs record in A1 GBL 8-0 (2005–06, 2012–13)
Best regular season & playoffs record in A1 GBL 34-2 (2017–18)

Cup records[edit]

Outline Record
Biggest win in a Greek Cup final 101-54 (vs Faros Keratsiniou, 2015–16)
Greek Cup Winners in a row 6 seasons (2011 to 2017)

European records[edit]

Outline Record
Most points in a EuroLeague game 123 points (vs Chorale Roanne, 2007–08)

Top players in games, points, rebounds and assists in the A1 Division (since the 1986–87 season)[edit]

Giant portrait of Fragiskos Alvertis, OAKA Indoor Hall roof

Panathinaikos team leaders in games played, points scored, and rebounds, in games played in the Greek A1 Division, since it was first formed, starting with the 1986–87 season.

  • * Still active player with the team.
As of 28 June 2018:
Rank Player Games
1 Greece Fragiskos Alvertis 534
2 Greece Dimitris Diamantidis 397
3 Greece Antonis Fotsis 354
4 Greece Kostas Tsartsaris 345
5 United States Mike Batiste 303
6 Greece Nikos Oikonomou 268
7 Greece Georgios Kalaitzis 221
8 Greece Nick Calathes* 206
9 Greece Nikos Chatzivrettas 204
10 Greece Argiris Papapetrou 169
Rank Player Points
1 Greece Fragiskos Alvertis 4,698
2 Greece Dimitris Diamantidis 3,928
3 United States Mike Batiste 2,950
4 Greece Kostas Tsartsaris 2,316
5 Serbia Dejan Bodiroga 2,285
6 Greece Nikos Oikonomou 2,207
7 Greece Antonis Fotsis 2,089
8 Greece Liveris Andritsos 2,088
9 Greece Nick Calathes* 1,723
10 Slovenia Jaka Lakovič 1,596
11 Greece Nikos Galis 1,586
12 Greece Nikos Chatzivrettas 1,519
13 Croatia Stojan Vranković 1,497
Rank Player Rebounds
1 Croatia Stojan Vranković 1,851
2 United States Mike Batiste 1,501
3 Greece Kostas Tsartsaris 1,392
4 Greece Dimitris Diamantidis 1,356
5 Greece Antonis Fotsis 1,239
6 Greece Fragiskos Alvertis 1,214
Rank Player Assists
1 Greece Dimitris Diamantidis 1,728
2 Greece Nick Calathes* 927
3 Greece Vassilis Spanoulis 469
4 Serbia Dejan Bodiroga 436
5 Greece Fragiskos Alvertis 408
6 Greece Nikos Galis 402
7 Greece Georgios Kalaitzis 385
8 Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius 370
9 Slovenia Jaka Lakovič 359

One-club men[edit]

Player Nationality Position Debut Last Game
Fragiskos Alvertis Greece Small forward 1990 2009

Individual honours[edit]

EuroLeague MVP

EuroLeague Final Four MVP

EuroLeague Best Defender

EuroLeague Top Scorer

EuroLeague Coach of the Year Award

Greek Basket League MVP

Greek Basket League Finals MVP

Greek League Top Scorer

Greek League Best Defender

Greek League Top Rebounder

Greek League Assist Leader

Greek League Most Improved Player

Greek League Coach of the Year

Greek Cup MVP

Greek League Most Spectacular Player

Management[edit]

Ownership & Current Board[edit]

Position Staff
Ownership Greece Giannakopoulos family
President Greece Manos Papadopoulos
Vice-President Greece Stergios Mantis
CFO Greece Ilias Katsogiannis
CFO Greece George Chidiac
Legal Advisor Greece Giorgos Elmalis
Media Relations & Communication Manager Greece Nikolaos Bourlakis
Marketing & PR Manager Greece Maria Gouma

Medical team[edit]

Position Name
Club's doctor Greece Athanasios Konidis
Club's doctor Greece Ioannis Giannakopoulos
Physiotherapist Greece Giannis Zygouris
Physiotherapist Greece Nikos Mastrogiannopoulos
Caregiver Greece Paraskevas Dermanis

Academies staff[edit]

Position Name
Academies Director Greece Fragiskos Alvertis
U22 Coach Greece Kostas Papadopoulos
Kids' Coach Greece Vasilis Goumas
Juniors Coach Greece Nikos Kostopoulos
General Coach Greece Kostas Tsartsaris
General Coach Greece Georgios Kalaitzis

Presidential history[edit]

Until 1992, the President of Panathinaikos A.C. was responsible for the management of the team. In 1992, the basketball department became professional, with its own President.

Years President
1992–2000 Pavlos Giannakopoulos
2000–2002 Dimitris Panagoulias
2002–2003 Giorgos Panagoulias
2003–2012 Pavlos Giannakopoulos
Thanasis Giannakopoulos
2012–2014 Dimitris Giannakopoulos
2014– Manos Papadopoulos

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Panathinaikos – Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL, euroleague.net, accessed 4 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Greek Cup, Final: February 10, 2013". Euroleague.net. 10 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Λύση της συνεργασίας με τον Α. Πεδουλάκη". paobc.gr.
  4. ^ A farewell to Fragiskos "Frankie" Alvertis.
  5. ^ Diamantidis’ jersey retired.
  6. ^ http://www.esake.gr/el/action/EsaketeamView?idteam=00000001&mode=4
  7. ^ http://www.esake.gr/el/86F1A302
  8. ^ "Greek cup Titles By Team". Hellenic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Euroleague Titles By Team". euroleague.net. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  10. ^ Το πράσινο αλμανάκ με τις φανέλες του Παναθηναϊκού Archived 29 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Capacity: 18,989 (maximum capacity for basketball games).
  12. ^ Fragiskos Alvertis interview 20,000 fans at OAKA for PAO versus Benetton Treviso. (in Greek) Archived 3 May 2007 at Archive.is
  13. ^ "Partizan sets crowd record at Belgrade Arena!". Euroleague.net. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  14. ^ Mr. Green
  15. ^ NBA.com Spurs-PAO box score.
  16. ^ "NBA.com: Panathinaikos at Rockets Boxscore". nba.com.
  17. ^ History • Green Legends, Panathinaikos BC site
  18. ^ History • Trophy case, Panathinaikos BC site

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