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Duda Ivkovic honored as Euroleague Basketball Legend in an unforgettable celebration of basketball in Piraeus!

20. 09. 2017.

bench. He was honored in an emotional pre-game ceremony, in which Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, Jordi Bertomeu handed him his personalized Euroleague Basketball Legend trophy. He is the first head coach to be chosen for this distinction, joining a select group of players featuring Theo Papaloukas, Juan Carlos Navarro, Ramunas Siskauskas, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Dimitris Diamantidis and Mirsad Turkcan. Ivkovic also received a framed copy of the scoresheets used in his two EuroLeague Championship Games with Olympiacos, in 1997 and 2012. Milan Tomic, Vassilis Spanoulis, and Panagiotis Fasoulas represented those winning teams. Coach Ivkovic received an unforgettable standing ovation once he was introduced, and took the time to greet current and former players one by one.
   Some of the VIPs watching the game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium were tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, as well as some of his former players, such as Turkcan, Papaloukas, Dino Radja, Zarko Paspalj, Drazen Dalipagic, Efthimios Rentzias, Predrag Danilovic, Dejan Tomasevic, Zoran Cutura, Nenad Krstic, Dragan Tarlac and Joe Arlauckas just to name some of the many legends, past and present, in the stands. Four current Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup coaches - Zeljko Obradovic of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul, Dimitris Itoudis of CSKA Moscow, Jure Zdovc of Cedevita Zagreb and Sasha Djordjevic of FC Bayern Munich, as well as Olympiacos co-owners Panagiotis and Giorgos Angelopoulos - were also in the VIP seats.
   "Ivkovic is a legendary coach, one of the best ever, and we had the honor to cooperate with him. The game we played today was the least Olympiacos could do to honor him. We wanted to share this moment with him because we respect him and appreciate him so much. Personally, he helped me improve my game and as a person," Vassilis Spanoulis said about Coach Ivkovic. "We managed to bring out 100% of me as a basketball player, all of my talent. He gave me freedom and made me a stronger player, psychologically speaking. He was talking to me every day, we had a great relationship and won some titles together. He put Olympiacos on top of Europe and 15 years later, he did it again," he added. In a recent EuroLeague documentary about Spanoulis, Limitless, Coach Ivkovic called Spanoulis "the most professional player" he ever coached. "That was a big accomplishment and I want to thank him for this," Spanoulis admits. "It is not what they say about you, but who says it. When Coach Ivkovic speaks like that about me, it can only make me proud."

Dusan Ivkovic won Two EuroLeague titles, a EuroCup win, domestic crowns in Russia, Greece and Turkey all included in 20 championships captured overall, plus stints with the Serbian national team where he led the team on a voluntary basis at Eurobasket 2013, shows his commitment to the cause and passion for the game.

 

Dusan Ivkovic Stars featured current EuroLeague players such as Victor Khryapa and Kyle Hines of CSKA, Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce, Thomas Heurtel of FC Barcelona Lassa, Pero Antic and Marko Keselj of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, Vasilije Micic of Zalgiris Kaunas, Nikos Zisis of Brose Bamberg and Stefan Markovic of Khimki Moscow Region, as well as former players in the competition like Boban Marjanovic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Dario Saric, Furkan Korkmaz and Lazaros Papadopoulos, who came out of retirement for this game.