Žarko Čabarkapa

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Žarko Čabarkapa
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Čabarkapa in 2005.
Personal information
Born (1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 38)
Zrenjanin, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1997–2009
PositionPower forward
Number6, 11, 15
Career history
2001–2003Budućnost Podgorica
20032005Phoenix Suns
20052007Golden State Warriors
2009Budućnost Podgorica

Žarko Čabarkapa (Serbian Cyrillic: Жарко Чабаркапа; pronounced [ʒǎːrkɔ̝ tʃabǎrkapa]; born May 21, 1981) is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former player. He played at the power forward position. He is the current sports director of the ABA League.


Čabarkapa was born in Zrenjanin, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia.

He played for KK Beopetrol and KK Budućnost Podgorica (on a team with fellow NBA player Aleksandar Pavlović) in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. When playing there, he averaged 8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Čabarkapa was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (17th overall) in the 2003 NBA Draft. He moved to the United States, but in his rookie season he was injured, and this limited him to only 49 games that season. In 2005, the Suns traded him to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for two second-round draft picks. With the Warriors, he played in 37 games in 2004–05, and 61 games in 2005–06. He had problems with a back injury, and his contract with the Warriors ended in 2007.

After leaving the NBA in 2007, Čabarkapa stopped playing competitive basketball at the age of 26, as he recuperated from injuries.

In late November 2008, it was announced that he joined his old club KK Budućnost Podgorica, but only in practices, as he looked to get himself back into competitive shape.

On January 16, 2009, Čabarkapa signed with KK Budućnost Podgorica. Two days later, on January 18, he played his first competitive game in more than two years, appearing for 4 minutes in the Adriatic League clash at home versus KK Cibona. He recorded 2 points, no rebounds, and no assists.[1]

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