Mykolas Ruzgys is a Lithuanian basketball player. He won gold medal with Lithuania national basketball team during the EuroBasket 1939, held in Kaunas. Born in the United States as Michael Paul Rutzgis, around 1938 he moved to Kaunas and became CJSO basketball team member and player, he was invited to Lithuania national basketball team and became champion of Europe in 1939. He was fifth in scoring during the competition. Around 1940 he returned to the United States. After the World War II he settled in Monaco, he coached the Spain national basketball team in the 1950 FIBA World Championship in Buenos Aires, while at the same time coaching one team in the Spanish League, U. D. Huesca. After that, he became player-coach for Bazan Ferrol. Bazan sponsored its own men's and women's basketball teams; the men's A Team was good enough to play in the Second Division, some say that the shipyard refused a berth in the First for financial reasons. On Monday June 1, 1953, Bazan won the Regions Federation Cup in Valladolid by defeating Español de Valencia 43-30.
The newspaper Mundo Deportivo praised the speed of the Bazan players and singled out Rusghise as their best player, the coach and whose real name was Michael P. Rutzgis; the 1954 season was arguably Team A's best. In February, Bazan played a home friendly against the Spanish national team. Between May 11-13 Bazan played in the round-robin inter-regional championship held in Valladolid against Águilas de Valladolid, Real Valladolid and Covadonga de Gijón. On Tuesday May 11 Bazan beat Covadonga de Gijón 44-28 with "manifest superiority." On Wednesday Bazan defeated Águilas de Valladolid 59-43. The decisive game was played at noon on Thursday "under a blazing sun" against Real Valladolid. In a "colossal feat" Bazan won 54-39; the outstanding Bazan players of the series were Lobón and Polo. The championship advanced the team to the Copa del Generalísimo in Madrid where they would face San Adrián de Barcelona, Estudiantes de Madrid and Real Madrid. On Thursday May 20, 1954, Bazan left Ferrol for Madrid on the TAF.
On Sunday at 7:00 PM Bazan beat San Adrián de Barcelona 64-46. On Monday at 11:00 PM Bazan defeated Estudiantes de Madrid 74-63. On Tuesday at 11:00 PM Bazan succumbed to Real Madrid 37-67. "The superiority of Real Madrid was evident, they were always ahead on the scoreboard." On Wednesday May 26 the team returned from Madrid. "Players of juvenile and junior basketball teams many fans gave the Ferrol sportsmen an affectionate and cordial welcome home" at a transfer railway station forty-one kilometers away from the city. A short note in the newspaper La Voz de Galicia of June 9, 1954, summed up the extraordinary season thus, "Our unreserved applause for Ruzgis and those sportsmen he so skilfully trains."... Vidas Mačiulis, Vytautas Gudelis. Halė, kurioje žaidė Lubinas ir Sabonis. 1939–1989. – Respublikinis sporto kombinatas, Kaunas, 1989. Http://historiabasket.blogspot.com.es/2011/08/el-catalogo-del-buen-ferrolano.html http://hemeroteca-paginas.mundodeportivo.com/EMD02/HEM/1953/06/01/MD19530601-001.pdf
Frank John Lubin was a Lithuanian American basketball player. In 1997, Lubin was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Helms Sports Hall of Fame. Lubin was born on the east side of Los Angeles, California, to a family of Lithuanian immigrants, he died in Glendale, California. A veteran with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, Lubin was buried at Riverside National Cemetery, in Riverside, California, his father, Konstantinas Lubinas, was from Vilkaviškis, while his mother, Paulina Vasiliauskaitė, was from Vabalninkas. When Lubin grew up to a height of 6 ft 7 in at Lincoln High School, classmates encouraged him to try out for the basketball team. Gangly and uncoordinated, Lubin struggled to improve his game, but was named to the All-City Second Team as a senior in 1927. While playing college basketball at UCLA, from 1928 to 1931, Lubin earned All-Pacific Coast Conference honors in his senior season. Following his college career, he worked as a stagehand at Twentieth Century Fox, joined the studio's AAU team, which earned the right to represent the U.
S. as part of the first Olympic basketball tournament in 1936, where he won the gold. During the 1936 Summer Olympics, Lubin was invited to come to Lithuania, he became their first national team head coach, they won the EuroBasket title in 1937. When the team hosted the EuroBasket in 1939, they again won the title, this time with Lubin, acting as a player-coach. Lubin the de facto MVP of EuroBasket 1939, however he was unable to receive the award, because he was taller than 6 ft 3 in, FIBA had a rule at the time, which prohibited the award to be given to players at such a height; when World War II broke out in 1939, Lubin was in Italy. Given that Nazi Germany was directly on the path back to Lithuania, Italian officials had to help the team to get back, through train and boat, avoiding Germany. Afterwards, Lubin fled Lithuania to California with his family, in the face of the upcoming Soviet invasion that happened one year later. Lubin continued to play for the Twentieth Century Fox team until 1955, when knee problems prompted him to retire.
For his contributions and for introducing the now basketball-mad country of Lithuania to the sport, Lubin is called the "grandfather of Lithuanian basketball". List of FIBA EuroBasket winning head coaches Footnotes Bibliography Vidas Mačiulis, Vytautas Gudelis. Halė, kurioje žaidė Lubinas ir Sabonis. 1939–1989 – Respublikinis sporto kombinatas, Kaunas, 1989 Evans, Hilary. "Frank Lubin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Frank Lubin at Find a Grave Olympic Oral History interview with Frank Lubin Frank Lubin page on Hoopedia. NBA Los Angeles Times Interview with Mary Agnes Lubin "Captain of the United States Olympic Basketball Team in 1936 was Frank Lubinas" - U. S. Ambassador John A. Cloud
Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA selection, twice on the second team and twice on the third team. Gasol has won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, is one of only three non-American NBA players to have won that award. He is the older brother of fellow NBA player Marc Gasol. Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, he holds the Grizzlies' franchise record for free throws made and attempted. Following more than six seasons with Memphis, Gasol played for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs. Internationally, Gasol has won two Olympic silver medals, an Olympic bronze medal, a FIBA World Cup title, three EuroBasket titles with the Spanish national basketball team.
Pau Gasol was born in Barcelona. His parents both played basketball in organized leagues, his father, stood 6 feet 3 inches, his mother, was 6 feet 1 inch. Gasol began playing basketball as a center with his school team, he signed with Cornellà; when he was sixteen, he began playing for Barcelona's junior team. He won both the 1998 Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. After moving to the senior team of Barcelona, Gasol played just 25 total minutes in the Spanish ACB League's 1998–99 season, averaged 13.7 minutes per game in the ACB the next year. However, in his final season in the ACB, Gasol averaged 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game. Barcelona was victorious in the Spanish National Cup finals championship game in 2001, Gasol was named Most Valuable Player. After entering the NBA draft, Gasol was selected third overall in the first round in the 2001 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, who traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
In his first season with the Grizzlies, Gasol became the first foreign player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He averaged 17.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, was the only team member to play in all 82 games that season. Gasol led the team in scoring in his second year with the Grizzlies, for the second year in a row, played in all 82 games. Gasol missed the first game of his career, during his third year, with a foot injury on April 5, 2004, which snapped his string of 240 consecutive games played, he grabbed the 1,500th rebound of his career on November 12, 2003, against the Orlando Magic and scored his 3,000th career point on October 31, 2003, against the Boston Celtics. Despite having 22 points in Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, the highest by a Memphis players in the playoffs, his team was eliminated in the first round, not winning a single game against San Antonio; this was both the Gasol's first trip to the NBA Playoffs. He scored 31 points and blocked four shots on January 11, 2005, against the Indiana Pacers to earn 5,000 points and 500 blocks in his career, becoming the 10th fastest player to reach 5,000 points/500 blocks since 1973–74.
He helped his team make it to the playoffs for the second time in his career, but they were eliminated in the first round and did not win a single game against the Phoenix Suns. In his fifth year with the Grizzlies, he became the franchise's all-time leading rebounder on March 24 against the New York Knicks when he grabbed his 3,072nd rebound in a Grizzlies uniform, he made 29 consecutive free throw attempts from January 24 to 28, tying the second best mark in Grizzlies history, including two straight games going 12–12 from the line, tying the best single-game mark in franchise history. Gasol and the Grizzlies returned to the playoffs for the third time in his team's history. Once again, they were eliminated in the first round and did not win a single game against the Dallas Mavericks. On February 9, 2006, making his first appearance, Gasol was selected to play in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas as a reserve center for the Western Conference. At the time, he was one of four players ranked among Western Conference forwards in the top ten in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
He was the first Spanish basketball player as well as the first Grizzlies player to make it to the All-Star Game. Gasol missed the first 23 games of the 2006–07 NBA season due to a broken foot suffered near the end of Spain's semifinal win over Argentina in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, he would go on to be named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He had a season-high 34 points, eight rebounds and tied a career-high and franchise record with eight blocks on January 29 against the Sacramento Kings, surpassed Shareef Abdur-Rahim as the franchise's all-time leader in free throw attempts on January 31 against the Dallas Mavericks, he became the all-time franchise leader in field goals made on February 6 against the Houston Rockets, became the all-time franchise leader in minutes played on February 7 at Dallas. He surpassed Shareef Abdur-Rahim as the Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer on March 7, 2007, against the Toronto Raptors. On January 24, 2007, Gasol recorded his second career triple-double against the hosting Utah Jazz, garnering 17 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists.
He registered 2 blocks and one
Krešimir "Krešo" Ćosić was a Croatian professional basketball player and coach. He was a collegiate All-American at Brigham Young University. In 1996, Ćosić became only the second international player elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, he was an inaugural member of the FIBA Hall of Fame. The Croatian Basketball Cup, KK Zadar's home arena, are named after him. Ćosić was a notable church leader and missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the deputy ambassador of Croatia to the U. S. in Washington, D. C. Ćosić was born in Zagreb, SR Croatia, on 26 November 1948, to Ante and Darinka Ćosić. He was raised in Zadar, in 1965, he started his club basketball playing career, by playing with KK Zadar. While with Zadar, he won three Yugoslav League titles: in 1965, 1967, 1968. In the summer of 1968, Ćosić was in a European team with Finnish player Veikko Vainio. Vainio, a student at Brigham Young University, told him about life in college, invited him to play for the BYU Cougars.
Ćosić accepted this invitation, moved to the United States, in 1969. In his freshman year, he played in 12 games for the freshman team, averaging 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. In his sophomore year, he averaged 15.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, leading BYU to the 1971 WAC Championship. In his junior year, he again led his team to the WAC Championship, averaging 22.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, being awarded All-American honors by the United Press International, making him the first non-American player to achieve that. In the 1972 NBA Draft, he was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers, in the 10th round, but he opted to stay with BYU; as a senior, he averaged 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, again was given All-American honors, by the United Press International. His career college basketball averages were 18.9 points, 11.8 rebounds per game. At the 1973 NBA Draft, Ćosić was picked in the 5th round, he rejected several professional offers from the NBA and ABA, returned home to Croatia.
Where again played with KK Zadar, from 1973 to 1976. After that, he played with AŠK Olimpija, with Virtus Bologna, with Cibona Zagreb. Ćosić made his national team debut for Yugoslavia, at the age of 17, after being called up to the senior team by head coach Ranko Žeravica. He won a silver medal at the 1967 FIBA World Championship. At the 1968 Summer Olympics, he won another silver medal. In total, Ćosić played in four Summer Olympic Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 in Moscow, when he led his team to the gold medal, he had led Yugoslavia to a pair of FIBA World Cup gold medals, at the 1970 FIBA World Championship, at the 1978 FIBA World Championship. Following his playing days, Ćosić turned to coaching, he led the senior Yugoslav national team to a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, to bronze medals at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, the 1987 EuroBasket. During his time at Brigham Young University, Ćosić converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as the LDS presiding priesthood holder, in post-communist Croatia.
He was baptized by one of the LDS church's most celebrated scholars. Ćosić introduced the LDS Church to the former Yugoslavia. He translated the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, into Croatian. According to Nibley, Ćosić told him, "There are a hundred reasons why I should not join the Church, only one reason why I should - because it is true." In the years following his career in basketball, Ćosić worked in the United States, as a Croatian diplomat, at the embassy in Washington, D. C. having helped secure the land. Ćosić died in Baltimore, Maryland, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was survived by his wife, his two daughters, his son, Krešimir; the Croatian national basketball cup and KK Zadar's home arena are named after him. The Croatian landmark known as Califfi Castle now bears his name in his honor. There is a square in Croatia that bears his name. There is a street in Zadar, he was a 6× participant of FIBA All-Star Games, playing on the side of European Selection roster. He is one of top medalists of the FIBA World Cup, with 4 medals.
He was named the FIBA EuroBasket MVP, in 1971 and 1975. He was named the Croatian Sportsmen of the Year, in 1980, he was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame, in 1983. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players, in 1991, he was awarded the FIBA Order of Merit, in 1994. He was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1996, he was inducted into Utah Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2001. He was awarded with the Croatian Lifetime Achievement in Sport, in 2002. On 4 March 2006, Ćosić became just the second men's basketball player to have his jersey retired by BYU. In 2006, he was enshrined into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors, in 2008. Yugoslav First Federal Basketball League career stats leaders Krešimir Ćosić BYU Profile Todd Bluth. "Former BYU All-American's Jersey Retired", The Daily Universe, 6 March 2006 Krešimir Ćosić Profile, Basketball Hall of Fame Web Page Kresimir Cosic at FIBA Krešimir Ćosić Profile, Fibaeurope.com Krešimir Ćosić Player Profile, legabasket.it Krešimir Ćosić Coach Profile, legabasket.it Krešimir Ćosić Profile, interbasket.net FIBA Hall of Fame Page on Krešimir Ćosić, halloffame.fiba.com Krešimir Ćosić: An Off-Court Story
Jiří Zedníček is a former Czech professional basketball player. In his club career, Zedníček won the FIBA Cup Winner's Cup championship, in 1969, he was a member of the FIBA European Selection in 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972. Zedníček represented the senior Czechoslovakian national team at several EuroBaskets, at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. At the EuroBasket 1967, he was named the MVP of the tournament. With the national team, he won a silver medal at the EuroBasket in Finland, in 1967, a bronze medal at the EuroBasket in Italy, in 1969. At the 1970 FIBA World Championship, he was a member of the Czech national team that finished the tournament in sixth place, he was on the Czech team that finished in 10th place at the 1974 FIBA World Championship. Czechoslovak Basketball League career stats leaders FIBA Profile FIBA Europe Profile
Jiří Baumruk was a Czech professional basketball player. Baumruk spent his club career playing with Slavia Prague, namely with Sparta Prague. With Sparta Prague, he earned nine medals in the Czechoslovak Basketball League. In the 1960–61 season, he and his team participated in the FIBA European Champions Cup, reached the quarterfinals. Baumruk represented the senior Czechoslovak national team at the 1960 Pre-Olympic basketball tournament, a further two times in the Summer Olympic Games 1952, 1960, in six EuroBaskets, being the MVP of the EuroBasket 1957. With the national team, he won three silver medals at EuroBasket, in France 1951, Hungary 1955, Turkey 1959. In 1960, with the national team, he finished in fifth place at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games, he was the team's leading scorer, with an average of 18.4 points per game. 1964–65 Sparta Prague women 1965–66 Tatran Prague 1966–68 Slavia Prague 1969–71 Candy Brugherio 1971–79 Sparta Prague Czechoslovakia national basketball team List of the best czech basketball players of the 20th century – Jiří Baumruk Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics FIBA EuroBasket MVP BC Sparta Prague Baumruk, FIBA profile Baumruk, OG 1960, FIBA profile FIBA Europe profile BC Sparta Prague Club history Sparta Prague in Division 1 Men
Aleksandar "Samac" Đorđević is a Serbian professional basketball coach and former player. He serves as a head coach for Virtus Bologna of the Italian Serie A and the Serbian national basketball team. During his playing career, he was a 1.88 m 90 kg point guard, he played in 108 games with the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team. In 1995, Đorđević received the Golden Badge award for the Best Athlete of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Olympic Committee declared him the Sportsman of the Year. Đorđević, about to turn 17 years of age, joined Partizan during the summer of 1984. The youngster's arrival at the club coincided with a front office shakeup, that saw Yugoslav and club legend Dragan Kićanović, who had just retired from playing, assume the club's vice-president role; the club appointed Moka Slavnić, another freshly retired Yugoslav legend, to be the new head coach. Professionally, Đorđević played for: Partizan, Philips Milano a.k.a. Recoaro Milano, Filodoro Bologna a.k.a. Teamsystem Bologna, the Portland Trail Blazers, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Scavolini Pesaro, Armani Jeans Milano.
He is most remembered for his game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer, in the 1991–92 FIBA European League's Final, while he was playing with Partizan, against Montigalà Joventut. Đorđević retired from playing professional basketball on 3 July 2005, after an exhibition game, in front of the home crowd in Belgrade, in which many of his former teammates and fierce opponents took part. In the EuroBasket 1995, Đorđević put on one of the best individual performances in a EuroBasket finals game, against Lithuania, he scored 41 points, shot 9 of 12 on three-pointers. Đorđević is remembered for his performance against Croatia, in the 1997 EuroBasket. On 25 January 2006, Đorđević was named the head coach of his former team Armani Jeans Milano, a position he left at the end of the 2006–07 season. In the 2011–12 season, he was the head coach of Benetton Treviso. In November 2013, Đorđević was named the head coach of the Serbian national basketball team. With Serbia, he took the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
In June 2015, he signed an extension with the Basketball Federation of Serbia to be the team's selector until 2019. His second major tournament in which he led the Serbian national team was the EuroBasket 2015. In the first phase of the tournament, Serbia dominated in the toughest Group B, with a 5–0 record, eliminated Finland and Czech Republic in the round of 16 and quarterfinal games, respectively. However, Serbia were stopped in the semifinal game by Lithuania, by a score of 67–64, they also lost to the host team, France, in the bronze-medal game, by a score of 81–68. On 21 August 2016, his team won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the Serbian national basketball team. At the EuroBasket 2017, Serbia won the silver medal, after losing in the final game to Slovenia. On 20 June 2015, Đorđević signed a two-year contract to be the head coach of the Greek team Panathinaikos. On 20 April 2016, Panathinaikos announced the termination of Đorđević's contract. On 1 August 2016, Đorđević signed a two-year contract with the German team Bayern Munich, to be their head coach.
In the European competitions, Bayern Munich participated in the EuroCup where it was stopped in the quarterfinals by Unicaja. Bayern Munich finished the 2016–17 Basketball Bundesliga regular season in 3rd place with 28–4 score and was eliminated by the Brose Bamberg in the semifinal series of the Playoff with 3–0 score. Bayern finished as the runner-up of the 2017 BBL-Pokal Cup for the second season in a row after losing to Brose Bamberg with 74–71. Over the summer of 2017, a prominent center Maik Zirbes joined the team. Bayern Munich started the 2017 -- 18 season dominantly. In February 2018, Bayern Munich won the 2018 BBL-Pokal Cup after 80–75 win over Alba Berlin, thus way lifting the trophy for the first time after 50 years in the national cup competition. On 29 March 2018, Đorđević was sacked after the elimination in the semifinal of EuroCup. During his coaching tenure, Bayern Munich held first position in the 2017–18 Basketball Bundesliga with 23–2 score before he was sacked. Few days after the dismissal, Đorđević qualified it as an "insult for common sense" since the 2017–18 season was one of the most successful in team's history.
He added that there was a disagreement between team's management and his coaching stuff, as he did not allow bigger involvement of team's management in coaching decisions. On March 11, 2019, Đorđević signed as a head coach for Virtus Bologna of the Lega Basket Serie A. In his Virtus Bologna debut on March 13, Đorđević led the team to a 81–58 victory over Le Mans Sarthe. Virtus Bologna had won the second leg and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Basketball Champions League Playoffs. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season, he coached in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. Some of the honors Đorđević won as a senior player are: EuroLeague: 1992 FIBA Korać Cup: 1989, 1993, 1999 National Championship of Yugoslavia: 1987, 1992 National Cup of Yugoslavia: 1989, 1992 Spanish League: 1997, 1999, 2000Honors won as a head coach: Greek Cup: 2016 German Cup 2018 His father, Bratislav Đorđević, was a professional basketball player and head coach of many European teams.Đorđević is one