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. Vranković and his wife Lovorka have two daughters, Andrea and Matea, and one son, Antonio. Antonio plays on the Duke University men's basketball team.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Video footage of Vranković's last second block of for Panathinaikos in the 1996 Final Four
  2. ^ 1996 Final Four: Victory comes to Greece and the Greens Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ CRO - Dražen Petrović memorial, fiba.com; accessed 16 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Antonio Vrankovic Bio". goduke.com. Retrieved 2019-03-02.

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