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Aleksandar "Saša" Đorđević (Anglicized: Sasha Djordjevic, ) (born August 26, 1967, in Belgrademarker) is a retired Serbianmarker professional basketball player and a present basketball coach. He was a 1.88 m (6'2") point guard and played 108 games for the national basketball team of Yugoslavia. Đorđević started his basketball career while attending secondary school in Belgrade, where he was a part of the school basketball team that won the city basketball tournament in 1986.

Professionally, Đorđević played for KK Partizan, Philips Milano a.k.a. Recoaro Milano (1992-1994), Filodoro Bologna a.k.a. Teamsystem Bologna (1994-1996), Portland Trail Blazers (Sep-Dec 1996, 8 games, 25 points scored), Barcelona, Real Madrid, Scavolini Pesaro (2003-2005) and Armani Jeans Milano (Feb-Jun 2005).

Some of the honors Đorđević has won as a senior player are:

He is remembered for his buzzer-beater three-pointers in the European Cup final in 1992 (for Partizan), and in the national team match against Croatia in 1997. In the EuroBasket 1995 he put one of the best individual performances ever in EuroBasket finals scoring 41 points and shooting 9 of 12 for three points.

He is one of the ambassadors of good will in Serbia, along with Emir Kusturica, Ana Ivanović, and Jelena Janković, and also one of the founders of humanitarian organization Group Seven, and the president of the Belgrade Marathon.

He retired from professional basketball on July 3, 2005 after an exhibition game in front of the home crowd in Belgrademarker, in which many of his co-players and former fierce opponents took part. On January 25, 2006, Đorđević was named head coach of one of his former teams, Armani Jeans Milano, a position he left at the end of the 2006-07 season.

He has had Spanish citizenship since May 2003.

References

  1. Aleksandar Djordjevic named coach of Milano


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