Stojko Vranković

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Stojko Vranković
Personal information
Born (1964-01-22) 22 January 1964 (age 55)
Drniš, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1986 / Undrafted
Playing career1982–2001
PositionCenter
Career history
1982–1989KK Zadar
1989–1990Aris
19901992Boston Celtics
1992–1996Panathinaikos
19961997Minnesota Timberwolves
19971999Los Angeles Clippers
1999–2001Fortitudo Bologna
Career highlights and awards

EuroLeague records since the 2000–01 season

  • Most blocks in a game

Stojan "Stojko" Vranković (born 22 January 1964) is a former Croatian professional basketball player, who also represented Croatia internationally. He is currently the president of the Croatian Basketball Federation.

A 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) center, he played five seasons (1990–1992; 1996–1999) in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Clippers. He was very popular in Europe, while playing for the Athens-based club Panathinaikos, with whom he won the club's first EuroLeague championship.

Club career[edit]

A renowned shot blocker, Vranković made little impact in the NBA, managing small minutes and a low scoring average even though he started 73 out of 170 games played. He did however have a major impact in Europe playing for the Greek League team Panathinaikos. In 1996, he combined with Dominique Wilkins to lead Panathinaikos to a EuroLeague championship - a first for the club. Vranković's defensive contribution was vital, namely his block of Željko Rebrača at the buzzer, in the third game of the quarter-finals against Benetton Treviso, sending Panathinaikos through. In the EuroLeague Finals, his block to deny Barcelona the lead in the last second, gave the game a dramatic end, before falling to the ground in the ensuing hustle and clutching his knee in pain at the buzzer.[1] In an interview at the official EuroLeague Final Four website, Panathinaikos captain Panagiotis Giannakis described the incident as follows:

"All that happened at the end of the game is unbelievable, a few seconds that lasted one century! I remember Stojko (Vranković) running like...Carl Lewis from one side to the other, to stop (José Antonio) Montero. He blocked the layup, almost at the buzzer, and he sealed the victory."[2]

National team[edit]

Yugoslavia[edit]

Vranković earned a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic Games with the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team.

Croatia (after independence)[edit]

At the following 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games, he got the silver medal after the men's final against the American "Dream Team", while playing for the senior Croatian national team.[citation needed]

Personal[edit]

Vranković was a close friend of fellow Croatian player Dražen Petrović. He was a coffin bearer at Petrović's funeral in 1993, and has been active in commemorating his memory. In an article at the FIBA website concerning the opening of a museum in Dražen's honour, Vranković was quoted as saying: "I would like to thank all those involved in creating this place, so children would be able to learn more about 'basketball's Amadeus'".[3]In the 2016, he was named the 5th President of Croatian Basketball Federation.

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