August 4, 1957 |
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|Playing career||1976–1989, 1993–1999|
|Coaching career||1996–2003, 2006–2010|
|Career highlights and awards|
Valdis Valters first made his name in European basketball when he was named as the MVP of EuroBasket 1981 when he scored 16.7 ppg led his squad to championship. He was also on the All-Tournament team of EuroBasket 1985.
In 1986 FIBA World Championship, Valters helped Soviet Union to rally from a nine-point deficit in the final minute by scoring three-pointer at the end of regulation to send its semifinal against Yugoslavia to overtime and eventually earn a 91-90 win.
Valters also worked as basketball coach and general manager. He founded his own basketball school, the Valtera Basketbola Skola (VBS), now known as Keizarmezs, whose alumni include NBA player Andris Biedriņš as well as other top Latvian players. He also helped to basketball league for Latvian youth players, the LJBL. Considering his lengthy work and deep connection, Valters has been one of the most influential persons in Latvian basketball.
In 2013, he released his autobiographical book called "Dumpinieks ar ideāliem" (Rebel with ideals).
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