Perasović with Cibona in 2010.
|League||Turkish Super League
February 9, 1965 |
Stobreč, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
As a player:
As a coach:
Perasović was member of the Yugoslav junior national basketball team which won the silver medal at the 1982 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Bulgaria, and the bronze medal at the 1984 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Sweden.
Basketball playing career
Perasović's club, KK Split, went on to win three EuroLeague championships, in 1989 and 1990, as "Jugoplastika" and in 1991, as "Pop 84". In 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991 they also won the Yugoslav Basketball League championship. In 1990 and 1991, they also won the Yugoslav Basketball Cup, and in 1992, they won the Croatian Basketball Cup (that time under the name of Slobodna Dalmacija).
In 1992, Perasović moved to the Spanish club Breogán, and he spent one season there, before moving to the Spanish club Taugrés, in 1993. He won the 1995 Spanish King's Cup and in 1996, he won the Saporta Cup against PAOK.
In 1997, he moved to the Spanish club Fuenlabrada, where he played until 2002. He then moved to the Spanish club Alicante, and he finally retired from his basketball playing career in 2003. During his playing career in Spain, he won the Spanish ACB League Top Scorer award five times. He was also once the best scorer of the Radivoj Korać Cup, and he participated in several Liga ACB All Star games.
Perasović was also a part of the famous senior national team of Yugoslavia, that won the 1990 FIBA World Championship in Argentina, and the EuroBasket 1991 in Italy. He then played with the Croatian national basketball team when they won the silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, the bronze medal in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Canada, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1993 in Germany, EuroBasket 1995 in Greece.
Basketball coaching career
He then moved to Zagreb, Croatia, to become the coach of Cibona, in the seasons 2008-09 and 2009-10. In 2009, he led the team to the Adriatic League final, winning the award for the best coach in the Adriatic League in the 2008-09 season, and he won the Croatian Cup and Croatian League championship, respectively. He again took Cibona to the Adriatic League and Croatian Cup finals in 2010. He also won the Croatian League championship, making Cibona the first team in the Croatian League's history to overcome an 0-2 series deficit in a best-of-five playoff series. He also reached the EuroLeague Top 16 phase in both seasons with Cibona.
In January 2012, he came back to Spain to coach Valencia. Perasović won the 2013–14 EuroCup, and left the club in January 2015. In March 2015, Perasović took over the senior Croatian men's national basketball team. After a disappointing EuroBasket 2015 tournament, in which Croatia was defeated in the Round of 16, Perasović and Croatia parted ways.
|G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Baskonia||2005–06||21||15||6||.714||Won in 3rd place game|
|2006–07||24||20||4||.833||Lost in 3rd place game|
|Cibona||2008–09||17||8||9||.471||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|2009–10||16||4||12||.250||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Efes||2010–11||16||7||9||.438||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Valencia||2014–15||10||3||7||.300||Eliminated in group stage|
|Baskonia||2015–16||29||18||11||.621||Lost in 3rd place game|
- Valencia, Coach Perasovic part ways; Eurocup Basketball, 22 January 2015
- "Perasović o reprezentaciji: 'Uvest ću igrače koji mogu unaprijediti našu igru'". Sportske novovsti (in Croatian) (2 March 2015). Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- "Velimir Perasovic, new Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Head Coach". baskonia.com. June 6, 2015.
- "Perasovic continuará en el banquillo del Laboral Kutxa Baskonia". acb.com (in Spanish). February 24, 2016.
- "Velimir Perasovic abandona el Laboral Kutxa rumbo al Anadolu Efes" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 14 June 2016.
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