Uvis Helmanis

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Uvis Helmanis
Uvis Helmanis.JPG
Position Head coach
League LBL
Personal information
Born (1972-06-10) June 10, 1972 (age 45)
Talsi, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
Playing career 1992–2010
Position Forward
Number 4, 35, 36
Coaching career 2010–present
Career history
As player:
1992–1994 Bonus Riga
1995–1998 BK Metropole
1998–1999 BK Brocēni
1999–2000 Bobry Bytom
2000–2001 Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski
2001 BK Gulbenes Buki
2001 Śląsk Wrocław
2001–2002 Bayer Leverkusen
2002–2006 GHP Bamberg
2006–2008 BK Ventspils
2008–2009 ASK Riga
2009–2010 BK Barons Kvartāls
As coach:
2010 BK Barons Kvartāls
2011 Czarni Słupsk (assistant)
2011–2013 VEF Rīga (assistant)
2013–2016 Liepāja/Triobet
2016–present Valmiera/ORDO

Uvis Helmanis (born June 10, 1972 in Talsi, Latvian SSR, USSR) is a former Latvian professional basketball player who played power forward position. After retiring he became a coach, and is currently working as a head coach for Valmiera/ORDO.

Player profile[edit]

Experienced and powerful, Helmanis has been a key player for the National Team since the nineties. Some coaches were trying to put this 2.04 m player under the basket but his style tends to draw him away from the hoop. Helmanis can use his big body in the paint, especially on defense, but his most effective weapon is his ability to knock down the three-point shot. He doesn’t look very quick, but he is adept at getting himself open from behind the three-point line. Helmanis has been a National Champion in three different countries in his career: Latvia, Poland and Germany. After four good years at Bamberg, Helmanis came back to Latvia and celebrated his homecoming with "eternal" national champs BK Ventspils and showed all his best assets in the Baltic league and in ULEB Cup games. He is not a vocal leader, but an irreplaceable member of the team. In the summer of 2009 Helmanis became the first Latvian to play in six EuroBaskets.

After winning the Latvian Championship with Barons LMT in 2010 he retired as a player and became a head coach of the team. After unsuccessful results he was fired in midseason and went to Poland to work for the assistant of Dainius Adomaitis, head coach of Czarni Słupsk. After one season Uvis came back to Latvia and joined a coach room of BC VEF Rīga, becoming an assistant of head coach Ramunas Butautas. He became head coach of BK Liepājas Lauvas in 2013.