Club Joventut Badalona
Club Joventut de Badalona, S. A. D. Divina Seguros Joventut for sponsorship reasons, is a Spanish professional basketball club based in Badalona, playing in the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto. Known to their fans as La Penya, it is one of only three teams that have never been relegated from the top division of the Spanish League; the only other two are Real Estudiantes. In 1994, Badalona was the champion of the FIBA European Champions' Cup, now called the EuroLeague. Well-known players have included: Jordi Villacampa, Rafael Jofresa, Raül López, Rudy Fernández, Ricky Rubio and Joe Galvin. Badalona has had a basketball team since 30 March 1930, when Joventut was founded as Penya Spirit of Badalona. Apart from basketball, the club had teams involved in several sports including cycling, table tennis and football. In 1932, the club changed its name to Centre Esportiu Badaloní and in 1939, it became Club Joventut Badalona. By 1940, basketball was established as the club's main sport and green and black were adopted as the club's colours.
As one of the founding clubs of the Spanish league, Joventut became one of the top teams in Spain since the 1950s, developing a great rivalry with Real Madrid and with the other neighbouring teams like FC Barcelona, playing memorable duels. Joventut won their first Spanish Cup in 1948 and their two first leagues in 1967 and 1978. In 1981, Joventut started its golden era by winning their first European title: the FIBA Korać Cup in 1981, by defeating Carrera Venezia in the final played in Barcelona by 105–104 after a game winning shot by Joe Galvin at the buzzer. Joventut repeated title in this time beating Scavolini Pesaro in the double-legged final. One year in 1991, Joventut achieved their third league, the first under the ACB and repated title in the following season, after losing the final of the European League against Partizan, that won thanks to a buzzerbeater of Saša Đorđević. However, in 1994, Joventut won the title after winning the Final Four played in Tel Aviv against Olympiacos.
After two years of decline, Joventut clinched their seventh national cup and in the 2000s, started a new golden era with players like Rudy Fernández, Ricky Rubio developed in the youth teams of the club. During their years at Badalona, Joventut won a FIBA Europe Cup in 2006, by beating Khimki in the final, a ULEB Cup in 2008, beating Akasvayu Girona in the finals, the eighth Copa del Rey in 2008. Joventut Badalona is one of the only three teams, along with Estudiantes and Real Madrid, to have played every year in the top league. In the 2017–18 season, Joventut was close of the dissolution, but the shareholders voted to save the club, it could finish the season in the 15th season and avoided the relegation, despite ending in the worst position ever. Club Joventut de Badalona has received diverse trade names along its history; these are the Joventut denominations along the years: Pavelló de la Plana:, before 1962, the team played in open air stadiums. Pavelló d'Ausiàs March: known as Pavelló Club Joventut.
Palau Olímpic: Domestic Players:: Bosman Players: For a complete list of current and former players, see the Joventut Badalona players category. The Joventut jerseys have always been green with a black stripe across the chest, the shorts have been traditionally black, with the exception of some years that have been green too; the traditional away jerseys have been white, although in 2008–09 a new silver alternate jersey was introduced. Joventut has a traditional rivalry with provincial neighbours FC Barcelona. Both teams face in the Catalan basketball derby. Spanish LeagueWinners: 1966–67, 1977–78, 1990–91, 1991–92 Runners-up: 1958, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93Spanish CupWinners: 1948, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1969, 1976, 1997, 2008 Runners-up: 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2004Spanish Super CupWinners: 1986, 1987 Runners-up: 1988 EuroLeagueWinners: 1993–94 Runners-up: 1991–92 Final Four: 1992, 1994FIBA Saporta Cup Runners-up: 1987–88 Semifinalists: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1985–86FIBA Korać Cup Winners: 1980–81, 1989–90 Semifinalist: 1975–76, 1977–78, 1990–91EuroCup BasketballWinners: 2007–08 Semifinalists: 2002–03FIBA EuroChallenge Winners: 2005–06European Super Cup Runners-up: 1990, 1991 3rd place: 1987 McDonald's ChampionshipRunners-up: 1991 Catalan LeagueWinners: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008Catalan Championship Winners: 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957 Runners-up: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957 Joventut Badalona has a wheelchair basketball team which plays in the División de Honor, the Spanish top league.
In 2011 the team, known as Joventut GAM by sponsorship reasons, was dissolved and two years was re-launched again. In its first season after the re-opening, the team promoted to División de Honor. 1991 McDonald's Championship Official website
Roberto Chiacig is an Italian professional basketball player for Gecom Mens Sana 1871 Siena of the Serie B Basket. Playing as a center, his most notable achievement was the silver medal obtained by the Italian national team, of which he was a member, at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Beyond playing internationally, he has had a long club career in Italy, abroad, winning an Italian League championship title with Montepaschi Siena. Chiacig grew up in the youth ranks of Benetton Treviso, making his debut for the side in a first division Serie A game on 6 February 1994, playing 4 minutes. After a one-year loan to Serie A2 side Floor Padova, he broke into the first team; the Italian moved abroad in 1996. Returning to Italy in 1997, he signed with Teamsystem Bologna. With the Bologna team he would win the Italian Cup and Italian Supercup in 1998, he stayed there until early 1999. Chiacig spent the 1999-2000 season with Zucchetti Montecatini. Joining Montepaschi Siena in 2000, he spent 6 seasons with the club, winning the 2001–02 FIBA Saporta Cup, the 2003–04 Lega Basket Serie A and another Italian Supercup in 2004.
He moved to the Spanish Liga ACB in 2006, with Pamesa Valencia. However he only stayed until February 2007. In 2007, he joined rivals of former club Fortitudo, he stayed there for two years. Chiacig moved to Scafati Basket in 2009 staying there two years. After another season at Pallacanestro Reggiana, he joined Angelico Biella in September 2012, he was released after around three months, joining amateur side Costone Siena in January 2013. Chiacig only stayed a month with Costone; the next year he had another stint with Scafati Basket. In 2014 Chiacig returned to the club where he had the most success, Mens Sana 1871 Siena, by now in the third division Serie B Basket. Making his international debut with Italy in 1994, Chiacig participated in the 1997 Summer Universiade. With the senior Italian national basketball team, he took part in a succession of international tournaments, starting with the 1998 FIBA World Championship, he posted 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds, in nearly 18 minutes per game, as Italy won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1999.
In the EuroBasket 2003, he had 22.1 points and 14.3 rebounds, in around 18, minutes as Italy took home the bronze. While playing in the 2004 Summer Olympics, his second Summer Olympics participation after the 2000 Summer Olympics, he contributed 16.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, to Italy's run to the final, earning a silver medal in the process. Chiacig's last games with the national team came during the EuroBasket 2005. Premio Reverberi: Best Male Italian Player Order of Merit of the Italian Republic 2nd Class / Grand Officer: conferred on 27 September 2004 by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Italian LBA League Champion: FIBA Saporta Cup Champion: Italian Cup Winner: FIBA EuroChallenge Champion: Italian SuperCup Winner: 2004 Athens Summer Olympics: Silver EuroBasket 1999 France: Gold EuroBasket 2003 Sweden: Bronze Lega Basket Serie A profile Retrieved 17 June 2015 Liga ACB profile Retrieved 17 June 2015 EuroLeague statistics Retrieved 17 June 2015 FIBA Europe Profile Retrieved 17 June 2015
Earl Antoine Boykins is a former American professional basketball player. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second-shortest player in NBA history behind Muggsy Bogues, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, he is the head coach for the Douglas County High School varsity basketball team. Boykins was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1976; as a child his 5' 8" father, Willie Williams, would sneak Boykins into a gym in his gym bag. Boykins grew up playing in recreational leagues with other grown men. Boykins played high school basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic High School where he averaged 24.6 points per game and led the school to a 23–2 record as a senior. In 2015, The Plain Dealer ranked him the best Cleveland-area high school basketball player of the 1990s. Eastern Michigan and Iowa were the only two Division I basketball programs to offer Boykins an athletic scholarship, though Iowa withdrew its offer. Boykins played college basketball at Eastern Michigan University from 1994 to 1998. Eastern Michigan won the MAC Tournament in 1996 and 1998.
He earned All-Mid-American Conference first-team honors in senior year. During his senior season, Boykins was second in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in scoring, with an average of 26.8 points per game. He holds the career record for total assists at Eastern Michigan University. In his last game he scored 18 points in a losing effort to Michigan State. On February 27, 2011, Boykins' No. 11 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters in a ceremony at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center. Boykins was never drafted by an NBA team, but he was signed to short-term contracts by five different NBA teams before signing a five-year, $13.7 million contract with the Denver Nuggets prior to the 2003-2004 season. On November 11, 2004, Boykins scored 32 points in a 117–109 Nuggets' home win over the Detroit Pistons, making him the shortest player in NBA history to score 30 or more points during a game. After spending three full seasons and a portion of a fourth season with Denver, Boykins was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in January 2007.
After finishing the season in Milwaukee, Boykins opted out of his contract. Following the 2007–08 NBA season, Boykins was an unrestricted free agent. Instead of signing with an NBA team, he decided to play basketball in Europe and signed a one-year, $3.5 million net income contract with Virtus Bologna of the Italian A League. The one-year deal made Boykins the highest-paid basketball player in the Italian League and included income from Bologna's sponsorship and marketing arms, not an option for NBA players because of salary-cap restrictions. On December 26, 2008, it was announced by Virtus owner Claudio Sabatini that Boykins was cut from the club due to behavioral issues after Boykins flew home to the United States in order to see his sick son. However, a few days thanks to the intervention of Virtus general manager Andrea Luchi, it was announced that Boykins was staying with the club. On April 26, 2009, his team won the EuroChallenge Cup by defeating Cholet Basket. In June 2009, he was released by Virtus.
Boykins signed with the Washington Wizards in November 2009, making his return to the National Basketball Association. Boykins was a much-needed addition to the Wizards, after guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the current season after a misdemeanor gun possession charge stemming from a locker room incident. In the December 2, 2009, game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Boykins sank two free throws to clinch the Wizards' victory. On August 19, 2010, the Bucks signed him to a one-year deal. Boykins signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets on March 26, 2012. Boykins has not played in the NBA since. In the summer of 2017, Boykins competed in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for Paul Champions. Competing for the $2 million grand prize, Boykins helped lead his team to two victories in the TBT Jamboree which secured Paul Champions' spot as one of the 64 teams in the tournament. During the Jamboree, Boykins averaged 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.
In their first-round match up, Boykins scored a game-high 25 points, helping the Champions to a 78-74 victory over the Talladega Knights. Boykins and the Champions would fall in the second-round to the number one seeded Untouchables. List of shortest players in National Basketball Association history NBA.com Player Profile Italian A League Player Profile Boykins Article at SportsIllustrated.com Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Petteri Johannes Koponen is a Finnish professional basketball player for Bayern Munich of the Basketball Bundesliga and the EuroLeague. Standing at 1.94 m, he plays shooting guard positions. He was drafted as the 30th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2007 NBA draft, his NBA rights are held by the Dallas Mavericks, his first club was Malmi Super-Koris, from where he joined one of Finland's top clubs, Espoo Honka in 2004–05 season. Under the guidance of coach Mihailo Pavićević he developed into a key component of Honka's 2006–07 Finnish League championship-winning side. During the 2006 -- 07 campaign Koponen averaged 2.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. The number of assists may sound small, but in Finland assists are harder to come by than in the NBA because of the difference in FIBA rules, the league leader had an average of only 5 assists. Koponen played in the World All-Star team at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2007, he recorded 7 points and 6 assists with only one turnover, playing against future NBA super star, MVP Derrick Rose.
Koponen began his mandatory military service in the Lahti Military Academy in October 2007, participating in a special military service built for professional athletes such as Finnish tennis player Jarkko Nieminen. The Finnish League 2007–08 season began with Koponen trying to adapt to the military recruit training. Koponen struggled a lot in the opening month of the season, but found his rhythm in November, recording 21.4 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game while draining 55.6% of his 2-point attempts, 45.8% of his 3-point attempts and 81.0% of his free throws. In the first game of December, Koponen played through a concussion and led the Honka Playboys to an overtime victory over Team Componenta, scoring 32 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists. After the game, the concussion forced Koponen to be sidelined for a week. On 14 July 2008, in the NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards, Koponen scored 19 points, shooting 4-for-6 on three-point attempts.
In August 2008 he signed a four-year deal with the Italian team Virtus Bologna. On 31 May 2012, he signed a three-year contract with the Russian team Khimki. On 27 March 2015, he re-signed with Khimki for two more years. With Khimki he won the 2014–15 EuroCup season, was named to the All-EuroCup First Team. On 16 August 2016, Koponen signed a three-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Barcelona. One month he would suffer a traffic accident that caused him a head injury. On June 29, 2018, Barcelona part ways with him. On 24 July 2018, Koponen signed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich of the German Basketball Bundesliga. On 28 June 2007, Koponen was taken 30th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was the final first-round pick in the draft. Philadelphia traded Koponen to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for their number 42 pick, Vanderbilt University swingman Derrick Byars, cash considerations. On 23 June 2011, Koponen's rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the Mavericks' second round pick in the 2011 draft.
The summer of 2006 was Koponen's coming-out party. First, he played well in the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship B-level competition, leading the Finnish team to third place by losing just one game. After that he was promoted to the senior men's Finnish national team, he showed no fear as he got to play quite a lot. His best game was against the small country Luxembourg national basketball team. Koponen was a main contributor in the Finnish men's national team in the summer of 2007. Finland earned a spot in European Division A after crushing the Romanian national basketball team in a deciding game by a score of 111-61. Koponen averaged 10.6 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 21.3 minutes a game with the national team. Just days before the national team campaign tipped off, Koponen announced he would return to the Honka Playboys for one more season. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable.
Koponen is known for his passing skills. He is at his best in transition, being adept at distributing the basketball and attacking the basket. Peterri Koponen at acb.com Petteri Koponen at euroleague.net Petteri Koponen at draftexpress.com Petteri Koponen at fiba.com Petteri Koponen at legabasket.it Petteri Koponen on Twitter
Oak Park, Michigan
Oak Park is a city in south Oakland County in the U. S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of the city of Detroit, located in neighboring Wayne County, part of its metropolitan area; as of the 2010 census, the population of Oak Park was 29,319. This area was designated as within Royal Oak Township; the first major housing development was constructed in 1914 at the time of World War I, when the township sold land to the Majestic Land Company to be developed as the Oak Park subdivision. The subdivision was incorporated as a village on May 3, 1927. Two petition drives during the Great Depression to dissolve the village government and return it to the township, citing "excessively high cost of village government," failed in 1931 and 1933; the village incorporated as a city on October 29, 1945 following the end of World War II. Stimulated by the GI Bill which aided veterans in buying new housing, highways to improve commuting, planned developments in the late 1950s, Oak Park from 1950 to 1960 was named as "America's Fastest Growing City".
Its population increased sevenfold, from 5,000 to more than 36,000. Much of its population was second and third-generation children of European immigrants who had settled in Detroit in the early 20th century; these included many Jewish Americans descended from immigrant ancestors from the Russian Empire, including present-day Poland and Ukraine. Major civic improvements in this period included construction of an outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink in Major Park. In 1995, Detroit-based window manufacturer WeatherGard moved its headquarters to Oak Park. In 2002 and 2004, the city annexed portions of neighboring Royal Oak Township to expand its land and tax base. On November 8, 2011 the citizens of Oak Park elected Marian McClellan, she was the city's first new mayor in 22 years, replacing the long-serving Jerry Naftaly. In April 2015, the city approved the development of a new FedEx distribution center which will be located on a 60-acre plot of land at the site of the former Detroit Artillery Armory.
On May 5, 2015 the citizens of Oak Park voted to allow mixed drinks to be sold at businesses within city limits, in addition to beer and wine, which were allowed. On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Oak Park re-elected McClellan, running against Aaron Tobin. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.16 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2010, there were 29,319 people, 11,719 households, 7,533 families residing in the city; the population density was 5,682.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 12,782 housing units at an average density of 2,477.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 57.4% African American, 37.4% White, 1.4% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% from other races, 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.4% of the population. There were 11,719 households of which 35.7% were non-families, 35.4% were married couples living together, 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present.
30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.16. The median age in the city was 37.5 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 45.1% male and 54.9% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 29,793 people, 11,104 households, 7,595 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,291.5/km². There were 11,370 housing units at an average density of 874.5/km². The racial makeup of the city was 46.95% White, 45.95% African American, 2.18% Asian, 0.17% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, 4.13% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 11,104 households out of which 44.0% were married couples living together, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.6% were non-families, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present.
26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 10.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.29. In the city, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, 12.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $48,697, the median income for a family was $54,786. Males had a median income of $40,922 versus $35,968 for females; the per capita income for the city was $21,677. 9.4% of the population and 7.8% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.9% of those under the age of 18 and 13.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Oak Park's educational history began with the Clinton School, a one-room schoolhouse on property donated by Barney Clinton in the early 20th century.
As the population grew Clinton School was expanded and more elementary schools were built beginning in the 1950s. Clinton School was made a junior high school and another w
Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.
Maccabi Tel Aviv B. C. for sponsorship reasons Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, is a professional basketball club based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The team plays internationally in the EuroLeague; the club started in the mid-1930s, as part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Sports Club, founded in 1906. With 6 EuroLeague championships, one Adriatic League championship, 52 Israeli League championships, 44 Israeli State Cup titles, 7 Israeli League Cup titles, Maccabi has been the most successful basketball team in Israel, is one of the most successful basketball teams in Europe, its players, such as: Tal Brody, Miki Berkovich, Jim Boatwright, Kevin Magee, Earl Williams, Aulcie Perry. The Israeli Basketball Super League started in 1954, Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first champion, it has dominated the championship since, winning the title 51 times, including a run of 23 titles in a row between 1970 and 1992. The team has won the Israeli Basketball State Cup 44 times. Maccabi is considered Israel's national sporting representative in the world.
From 1969 until 2008, Maccabi Tel Aviv was sponsored by Elite, Israel's largest food company, carried its name. Since July 2008, Maccabi has had a new sponsor – Electra. In 2015 they switched their sponsor once again, this time to "Fox". Since 1963, the club's home court has been the Yad Eliyahu Arena] in Tel Aviv. An open-air court for 5,000 spectators, it is now a modern indoor arena with a capacity of 11,060. Most Maccabi head coaches have been former players of the club. Yehoshua Rozin was involved with the club for 40 years. Ralph Klein started as an 18-year-old player and had several spells as a coach, led the club to its first EuroLeague title in the 1977–78 season. Zvi Sherf played for Maccabi's second team, coached the team for three spells. Pini Gershon played in the Youth Section, as a coach, led Maccabi to three EuroLeague titles. Maccabi Tel Aviv has always provided the senior Israeli national basketball team with a large number of players. Five Maccabi players, headed by Avraham Shneur, were on the team that represented Israel in its first EuroBasket, in 1953 in Moscow.
Tanhum Cohen-Mintz was one of Europe's top centers in the sixties, was selected to the first FIBA European Selection European All-Star Team, which played in Madrid in 1964. Miki Berkowitz, Motty Aroesti, Lou Silver, Eric Minkin played a major part in winning the silver medal at the 1979 EuroBasket in Torino. Doron Jamchy played 16 years for the Israeli national team, holds the record for appearances and points scored. Maccabi Tel Aviv was the first Israeli club to enter the FIBA European Champions Cup in the 1958 season. Since it has played over 600 games in European-wide competitions, was the only Israeli club to play in a FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup Final, to win the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague on six occasions. Maccabi has played in 15 EuroLeague Finals. In 1994 Tel Aviv, in 2004 in Tel Aviv, Maccabi organized the EuroLeague Final Four; the first basketball game between an NBA and a FIBA team, was held in Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv beat the defending NBA champions, Washington Bullets, 98–97.
Maccabi has played a record 18 times vs. NBA teams, became the first European team to win on an NBA floor, when it beat the Toronto Raptors, 105–103, in 2005, it beat the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets in 1984, to win a tournament in Tel Aviv. 5 Israeli League championships, 3 Israeli Cups. Early success in the Israeli League. Rivalry with Hapoel Tel Aviv begins. 5 Israeli League championships, 5 Israeli Cups. Establishment as an elite club with FIBA European All-Stars, like center Tanhum Cohen-Mintz. Fierce rivalry with home-town foes, Hapoel Tel Aviv. Tal Brody came to Israel in 1966, from the United States, after having been drafted #12 in the 1965 National Basketball Association Draft just to take one year out of his life to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Ralph Klein, Israel's most successful coach at the time, said that up until the enthusiastic Brody's arrival, Israelis had only viewed basketball as a fun game, but within a year, with his serious attitude and his inspirational commitment, Brody had inculcated his teammates with his view of basketball as a way of life.
At his urging, the team doubled the number of practices. To capitalize on Brody's quickness and speed, the coach abandoned the team's slow pace, in favor of a fast-paced motion game, built around fast breaks. Brody was the most dominant player in the European-wide second tier level FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup in the 1966–67 season. In 1967, he was named Israel's Sportsman of the Year; the team made it through the first and third rounds of the European Cup Winners' Cup's playoffs, reached the Finals, finishing second in the league. For the first time, the Israeli Prime Minister, the Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Knesset members came to games. Demand for tickets to games in the team's 5,000-seat stadium was so high that they became exceedingly difficult to obtain. 1 FIBA European Champions Cup, 10 Israeli League championships, 8 Israeli Cups. The rise to the top in Europe
Košarkarski klub Krka referred to as KK Krka or Krka, is a professional basketball team based in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. The team competes in the ABA League; the team's home arena is Leon Štukelj Hall. The first basketball club in Novo Mesto was founded in 1948, but not until 1983, the year of its 35th anniversary, was the city able to celebrate the conquer of the Slovenian national championship. After that triumph, basketball saw a decline in Novo Mesto that lasted until after the separation of the Slovenian Republic from the former Yugoslavia. Soon the team was climbing through the second division to rejoin the Slovenian First League in 1997, when it took the name of its sponsor, Krka. A fourth-place finish in the national league and third in the Slovenian Cup allowed the club to qualify for the Korać Cup for 1998–99; the big breakthrough came a year however, as Krka defeated historical rival Olimpija Ljubljana in the Slovenian playoff finals to win the national title. That year, the team played the Saporta Cup and reached third place in the Slovenian Cup.
In 2000 -- 01, Krka nonetheless fell to Olimpija in the finals. In 2001–02, Krka qualified for the Euroleague in a pre-season tournament and made its mark in a group of superpowers. Though Krka missed the Top 16, it was able to defeat all its opponents once, including names like Real Madrid, Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow and Skipper Bologna. At home, Krka finished as the runners-up in the Adriatic League, in the Slovenian Championship and in the national cup, losing all three times to Olimpija. Krka zoomed to the 2003 ULEB Cup double finals, narrowly losing to Pamesa Valencia despite being the only ULEB Cup team to win in Valencia. Krka won their second Slovenian championship. Zoran Martić resigned during the season after poor results in the Euroleague, was replaced by Petar Skansi. Krka finished Euroleague with only two wins. In the Adriatic League and in the Slovenian League, Krka finished in 7th place. Loss against Helios Domžale in quarterfinals implied drop from Adriatic League; the 2005–06 season was one of the worst in the club's history, after Krka finished in the last place after the regular season.
In the relegation part, Krka avoided relegation. In the 2007–08 season, Krka finished third in domestic league and replaced Geoplin Slovan in Adriatic League. Krka was one of three Slovenian clubs that represented Slovenia in the regional Adriatic League, finishing in 11th place. In 1. SKL Krka finished third. Aleksandar Džikić became head coach of the club in the 2009–10 season. Finished first after the regular part of the season and second in the champions league part, the team qualified to the semifinals, where they defeated Helios 2–1 in series, reaching the finals for the first time since 2003. Krka won the national title. Aleksandar Džikić was confirmed as head coach for the 2010–11 season, he got a new assistant coach for help, Aleksander Sekulić. Krka qualified for Adriatic League and decided to compete in the third rank European league called FIBA EuroChallenge; the season started with a win in the Slovenian Supercup. Krka qualified for Adriatic League Final 4, they made it to the EuroChallenge Final 4 where they won club's first European trophy, beating Oostende in semifinal and Lokomotiv-Kuban in the final.
They finished Slovenian league in the 1st place with one loss. In the semifinals Krka defeated Zlatorog 2–0. Successful season ended on 11 June after beating Olimpija 3 -- 2 in series; this was the fourth national trophy and second in the row. Krka competed in the ABA league, Slovenian Cup and Slovenian Telemach League. Coach Aleksandar Džikić was replaced with Nenad Trajković. Dušan Đorđević, Goran Ikonić, Dragiša Drobnjak and Chris Booker has left the club, their replacement were Jaka Klobučar, Curtis Stinson, Marko Đurković, Jimmy Baxter and Jerome Jordan. The club had two players in the Slovenian national team, Edo Murić and Zoran Dragić. Krka had started a season in October, winning Slovenian Supercup over Olimpija. In November, Jaka Klobučar and Curtis Stinson left the club. Jaka's wish was playing in a foreign country. Krka bought Allan Ray. After excellent performance against Le Mans he moved to France, his replacement was Mustafa Abdul-Hamid. On 1 December, coach Nenad Trajković moved to the Phoenix Suns and it was replaced with his assistant Aleksander Sekulič.
Jerome Jordan left the club, along with Jimmy Baxter and Marko Đurković. On 29 December Krka announced three new players, Ben Hansbrough from Bayern München, Uroš Lučić from Radnički Kragujevac, who played for Krka in the 2009–10 season and Jure Lalić, who came from Cibona. In January 2012, club released Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, but after one month he came back to club in February 2012; the club announced a new player on PG position. That became Afik Nissim. Season ended with winning fifth national championship, third in a row. Club competed in Slovenian Telemach League, EuroChallenge and Slovenian Cup. After winning national trophy in the previous season, Aleksander Sekulič continued as main coach. New assistant coach became former Krka player Simon Petrov. Club signed Jaka Klobučar, Jakov Vladović and Jurica Golemac and two youngsters, Erjon Kastrati and Tomaž Bolčina. Jure Balažić changed club and went to Turkey while Simon Petrov retired and became an assistant coach. Krka started se