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FIBA World Basketball Championships



(GENEVA/TOKYO) - Fans around the world will be able to buy tickets for the FIBA World Championship 2006 in Japan via the internet as of 23rd March 2006. The Local Organising Committee announced today the policy for the ticket sales of the event.

International Sales

A ticket contingent will be available for sale to fans outside of Japan during the period from 23rd March until 30th April 2006 on www.fiba2006.com/ticket/ticket_e.html. .

Information about the second wave of international sales will be announced at a later stage.

4 Tickets Maximum

Every single customer will be able to buy a maximum of 4 tickets per session.
For security reasons, every customer will be asked to provide his passport number. Payment can only be made with credit card (VISA or MasterCard).

Ticket Prices

For the first round, a ticket is valid for the complete session of all 3 games per day and the prices range from 4.000 to 9.000 Yen per ticket. For the final round in Saitama a ticket is valid for 2 games and the prices range from 5.000 to 20.000 Yen per ticket. For reference: the exchange rate today was 119Yen/US$. All further details including detailed arena maps with ticket type can be found on www.fiba2006.com and www.fiba.com

Ticket Delivery

After the credit card of the customer has been charged, he will receive a confirmation by email with a reservation number. All tickets will be delivered upon presentation of the reservation number and the passport at the ticket counter of each arena.

More Information?

For inquiries about ticket sales, please contact:
Ticketing Department of the FIBA World Championship 2006 Organising Committee
Fax: +81-3-64184551 / E-mail: [email protected]



FIBA World Championship - One World - One Title: Event Outline

The FIBA World Championship is played every 4 years and determines the best basketball nation of the world. The first World Championship was played in 1950 in Argentina.

The 2006 edition will be played in Japan from 19th August until 3rd September in five different cities. FIBA has increased the number of teams playing at the FIBA World Championship from 16 to 24 teams because of the increased level of basketball around the world and the increasing number of competitive teams at the highest level.

The teams will play against each other in the preliminary phase in four groups of 6 teams. The 4 top teams from each group will then qualify directly for the Eighth-Finals, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals. All the games from the Eighth-Finals to the Finals will be played on a one-game elimination basis in the city of Saitama.

The 2006 FIBA World Champion will qualify automatically for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament for Men in Beijing.

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Previous Tournaments (final-four)

2002(Indianopolis, Indiana)

Rank Team
1 Yugoslavia

2 Argentina

3 Federal Republic of Germany

4 New Zealand

1998 (Athens, Greece)

Rank Team
1 Yugoslavia

2 Russia

3 United States of America

4 Greece

1994 (Canada)

Rank Team
1 United States of America

2 Russia

3 Croatia

4 Greece

1990 (Argentina)

Rank Team
1 Yugoslavia

2 Soviet Union

3 United States of America

4 Puerto Rico

1986 (Columbia)

Rank Team
1 United States of America

2 Soviet Union

3 Yugoslavia

4 Brazil

1982 (Columbia)

Rank Team
1 Soviet Union

2 United States of America

3 Yugoslavia

4 Spain

1978 (Phillipines)

Rank Team
1 Yugoslavia

2 Soviet Union

3 Brazil

4 Italy

1974 (Puerto Rico)

Rank Team
1 Soviet Union

2 Yugoslavia

3 United States of America

4 Cuba

1970 (Yugoslavia)

Rank Team
1 Yugoslavia

2 Brazil

3 Soviet Union

4 Italy

1967 (Uruguay)

Rank Team
1 Soviet Union

2 Brazil

3 Yugoslavia

4 United States of America

1963(Brazil)

Rank Team
1 Brazil

2 Yugoslavia

3 Soviet Union

4 United States of America

1959 (Chile)

Rank Team
1 Brazil

2 United States of America

3 Chile

4 Formosa

1954 (Brazil)

Rank Team
1 United States of America

2 Brazil

3 Philippines

4 France

1950 (Argentina)

Rank Team
1 Argentina

2 United States of America

3 Chile

4 Brazil

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Team Rank Points
1. USA 832.2
2.SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO 708.0 CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION
3. ARGENTINA 700.0
4. LITHUANIA 460.0
5. SPAIN 439.0
6. ITALY 433.0
7. RUSSIA 362.0
8. GREECE 304.0 CURRENT EUROBASKET CHAMPION
9. AUSTRALIA 279.0
10. FRANCE 273.0
11. PUERTO RICO 247.6
12. CANADA 231.0
13. GERMANY 227.0
14. CHINA 209.0
15. BRAZIL 203.0
16. NEW ZEALAND 178.0
17. ANGOLA 156.0
18. TURKEY 129.0
19. CROATIA 125.0
20. VENEZUELA 99.6
21. NIGERIA 80.8
22. SLOVENIA 71.0
23. KOREA 66.5
24. ISRAEL 62.0
25. JAPAN 54.2
26. LEBANON 50.1
27. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 43.8
28. QATAR 40.2
29. ALGERIA 36.0
30. SENEGAL 35.8
31. URUGUAY 34.4
32. EGYPT 34.0
33. LATVIA 33.0
34. PANAMA 29.6
35. MEXICO 25.6
36. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 20.0
37. IRAN 18.1
38. VIRGIN ISLANDS 16.8
39. UKRAINE 14.0
40. TAIWAN13.5
41. SAUDI ARABIA 12.3
42. SYRIA 10.8
43. TUNISIA 10.6
44. KUWAIT 9.9
44. UZBEKISTAN 9.9
46. MOROCCO 9.0
47. INDIA 8.7
48. COTE D'IVOIRE 7.8
49. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 7.6
50. CUBA 7.2
50. HONG KONG 7.2
52. CZECH REPUBLIC 7.0
52. MALAYSIA 7.0
52. MALI 7.0
52. MOZAMBIQUE 7.0
56. KAZAKHSTAN 6.3
56. JORDAN 6.3
58. REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA 6.2
59. FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA 6.0
59. BULGARIA 6.0
61. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 5.4
62. ESTONIA 5.0
62. HUNGARY 5.0
64. GUAM 4.0
65. PHILLIPINES 3.6
66. THAILAND 3.3
67. SWEDEN 3.0
67. PORTUGAL 3.0
67. AZERBAIJAN 3.0
70. BAHRAIN 2.1
71. CAPE VERDE 2.0
71. GABON 2.0
73. INDONESIA 1.5
73. SINGAPORE 1.5
75. MADASGASCAR 1.4
*Unlisted Countries are ranked
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Nikos Galis - Europe's Greatest Basketball Scorer

Nikos Galis – Europe’s Greatest-ever Scorer


By Yannis Psarakis

Since the birth of the European Championships in 1935 and the first European club competition in 1958, literally thousands of players have stepped up to play at the top level. Yet few have had the impact on the record books as that of former Greek superstar, Nick Galis.



Playing in the 1980‘s and early 1990‘s, Galis literally broke scoring records in almost every competition he entered, playing for Aris Thessaloniki and Panathinaikos Athens. He also masterminded the greatest ever achievement of any Greek national team, namely a gold medal at the 1987 European Championship.



“I’d love to play with Galis in the same team,” said the legendary Drazen Petrovic before his death in 1993.

“I would assist him the ball and he would put it in the basket.”

Nick Galis, a 183 cm guard, was born in New Jersey (USA) on July 23rd 1957. Although he was not born on Greek soil, his Greek nationality was unquestionable. His parents, Giorgos and Stella, hailed from the island of Rhodos and when Galis first came to Greece he was known as Nickos Georgalis-Galis.



Galis’ first sport was actually boxing, but his mother soon put the clamps on his burgeoning career. Her horror at seeing her son come home every day with a new facial injury led to Galis taking up basketball and in 1970 began to play at Union Hill High School.

His prep career was successful enough to earn him a scholarship to the University of Seton Hall and he did not disappoint. In his junior year (1977-78) he averaged 17.3 ppg and as a senior he led the nation in scoring (Indiana State forward Larry Bird was second) at 27.5 ppg, with a career high 48 points against the University of Santa Clara.

Galis was chosen at no. 68 by the Boston Celtics in the 1979 NBA draft, but elected instead to pursue a professional career in Greece.



It was a decision which would literally change the future of Greek basketball.

Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had showed some interest in the newcomer, but it was Aris Thessaloniki who were the most active club. Giorgos Tsiligaridis was sent by Aris to the USA to convince Galis to sign with his team and he managed to return with his signature on a contract.

Galis came to Thessaloniki at the start of the 1979-1980 and it took the young guard all of one game to show his potential. In his debut he lit up rival Thessaloniki club Iraklis for 30 points and an epic career was underway.



Galis’ career is perhaps best summed up by the record books. He played 13 seasons with Aris, winning eight Greek titles, five Greek Cups, one Korac Cup (1985) and also making three EuroLeague Final Four appearances. Of the eight Greek titles, six were consecutive during which Aris put together a remarkable 80 game winning streak.

Along with the team success came the individual accolades. Galis led the Greek League in scoring in every single one of his 15 seasons. He is the league’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 12,849 points in 384 games and a remarkable average of 33.4 ppg.



His career high output was 62 points which came against Nikeas-Aris in 1981. He also torched Panellinios for 57 points in the 1987 final of the Greek Cup and his career high in European competition was 57 against Venice during the 1981 Korac Cup.

Galis was also a loyal servant of the Greek national team. His first game came during the 1980 pre-Olympic tournament and he would go on to play 168 times for his country. He is second on the all-time scoring list to former Aris team-mate Panagiotis Yiannakis at 5,130 points (Yiannakis scored 5,282 points in 351 games for Greece).

Galis’ crowning glory came literally during the 1987 European Championship which was held in Greece. He led his side to the gold medal and also earned tournament MVP honours in the process. He naturally led all players in scoring, including 40 points in the final, a 103-101 victory over the Soviet Union.



That performance led former Soviet Union star Sergey Belov to comment:

“I admire him. When he plays one against one there is no way to stop him. I never thought that could be a player who could on his own beat the Soviet Union.”

The praise from the Soviet Union continued in the form of coach Alexander Gomelski, who called Galis the “player of the 21st century”.

Galis also won a sliver medal at the 1989 European Championship in Zagreb and participated in a total of five European Championships. He was the top scorer at all of them except for the 1989 Championship. Galis participated in one World Championship in 1986, where he again led all players in scoring, and had a 53-point outburst against Panama.

Galis’ ability to put the ball in the basket compounded opposing players and coaches alike.

“I feel that if Galis wants to make a basket, he will do it no matter who his opponent is,” said Lithuanian star Arvydas Sabonis.

For those coaches who he came up against, most strategies to stop him proved futile. Former Nashua Den Bosh coach Rood Harrewain advocated locking Galis in the dressing room before the game, while Wojeck Krajowski of Lech Poznan looked to a higher power:

“Before the game we made our plans on how we will stop the four players of Aris,” he said following a European club competition game.

“For Galis, we made our prayers…”

In some ways, Galis’ scoring feats overshadow the fact that he was also a great playmaker. In 1990 he dished 23 assists in a European Cup game against Finish side Uusikaoupounk and in the 1992/93 season with Panathinaikos he was the Greek League’s best passer at 6.7 apg. During that season he also recorded a remarkable double-double, hitting a perfect 13/13 field goals and dishing 19 assists against former side Aris.



After he stopped playing basketball, Galis founded a Basketball Camp for kids at the village of Pefkochori in Halkidiki. This camp every year has more than 3, 000 kids who learn basketball from the great Nick.



Nick Galis - Scoring Machine

Competition Games Points Average
Greek League 384 12,849 33.4
Greek Cup 55 1,935 35.2

European Cups 146 4,807 32.9
National Team 168 5,130 30.5

Total 753 24,721 32.8


Titles Competition Titles Year
Greek Championship 8 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, all with Aris Thessaloniki
Greek Cup 6
1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 with Aris, 1993 with Panathinaikos

European Championship for Men 2
Gold 1987, Silver 1989


European Championship for Clubs Final-Four 4 1988 4th, 1989 4th, 1990 3rd, 1994 3rd

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Efes Pilsen-Panathinaikos

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Panathinaikos Back On Track


After losing three straight, Panathinaikos has finally find their momentum as we approach to the last week of Top 16. Greens rose to the challange this week in Constantinople as they beat Efes Pilsen by 10 points in a must-win situation. Both teams share a 2-3 record now but Panathinaikos holds a crucial tie break advantage against Efes after getting a 10-point win to overcome their loss in Athens by 3 points. Plagued with all sorts of injuries, Efes failed to match the intensity of Panathinaikos from the start and virtually trailed from the tip-off. Pana opened up a 7 point lead at the end of first quarter and simply never looked back. Efes cut the deficit to four point getting solid contributions from Granger and Gonlum while their defense held Pana to 14 points. Pana came storming back from the locker room and extended their lead to 11 points at the end of third quarter. In the remaining minutes Efes tried to make a comeback but it was only to make it a 10-point game.

Panathianakos (2-3) will take on Benetton (3-2) in Athens next week while Efes (2-3) will fly to Croatia to meet Cibona Zagreb (3-2) to whom they have lost by 6 points in Istanbul. Efes will look to rebound from back-to-back losses and pull out a 7-point win in Zagrep to advance Top 16. On the other hand an 8-point win for Pana over Benetton in Athens will be enough for Greens to qualify for Top 8. Last week's co-mvp Granger scored 20 point shooting 4/13 from the field while the next leading scorer for Efes was Ermal Kuqo who returned to the playgrounds after 6 months ban. 4 players scored in double figures for Greens led by Tsartsaris' and Lakovic's 14 apiece.

(16-23, 33-37, 42-53, 56-66)

EFES PILSEN: 56 Ender Arslan 4 (1/8), Henry Domercant 2 , Nikola Prkacin 4, Cenk Akyol 2, Mustafa Abi 2, Kerem Gonlum 8 (5st), Antonio Granger 20, Kaya Peker 2, Baris Ermis 3
PANATHINAIKOS: 66 Jaka Lakovic 14, Mike Batiste 10 (8reb), Nikos Chatzivrettas 8, Vasilis Spanoulis 3, Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) 14 (9reb), Dimitris Diamantidis 0 (8reb, 4ast, 5TO), Dejan Tomasevic 11, Vlado Scepanovic 5

2P FG: EFES: (13/33- 39%) PANA: (17/33- 52%)
3P FG: EFES: (5/17- 29%) PANA: (5/17- 29%)
FT: EFES: (15/20- 70%) PANA: (17/24- 71%)
REB: EFES: 26 (4 off) PANA: 38 (9 off)
AST: EFES: 7 PANA: 11
ST: EFES: 9 PANA: 7
TO: EFES: 12 PANA: 13
BL: EFES: 0 PANA: 3

The standings so far:

Group D W-L +/-
Winterthur FCB* 4-0 +20
Olympiakos* 3-1 +20
Unicaja 1-3 -5
Zalgiris 0-4 -35

Group E W-L +/-
Real Madrid 3-1 +18
Maccabi 3-1 +15
Climamio 1-3 -7
Ulker 1-3 -26

Group F W-L +/-
CSKA Moscow* 5-0 +57
TAU* 3-2 +24
L. Rytas 2-3 -21
Bamberg 0-5 -60

Group G W-L +/-
Cibona 3-2 -8
Benetton 3-2 -1
Panathinaikos 2-3 +17
Efes Pilsen 2-3 -

*- Advanced to final 8

Panathinaikos results:

1 L, at Cibona 72-70
2 L, at Benetton 76-69
3 L, vs Efes Pilsen 73-76
4 W, vs Cibona 88-69
5 W, at Efes Pilsen 56-66
6 vs Benetton Mar 29

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One of the great modern comebacks in European club basketball was completed on Wednesday when Panathinaikos thrilled 18,000 of its closest friends in Athens with a 81-70 victory over visiting Benetton Treviso to storm into the Quarterfinal Playoffs from Group G. After having started the Top 16 with three losses, Panathinaikos finished 3-3 as part of a four-way tie in the group, but finished first tiebreakers due to having the best point differential (+28) for the whole round among the four teams. Benetton finished third due to its own point difference (-12) being behind that of Efes Pilsen (-1), which defeated Cibona in the other Group G game on Wednesday. Panathinaikos will take homecourt advantage into the best-of-three quarterfinals against Tau Ceramica, the second-place team from Group F. Panathinaikos needed a seven-point victory to assure its passage to the next round and found itself in a close game until finishing the third quarter with a 15-6 run. After that, the Greens left no doubt about advancing. Mike Batiste led four Greens who scored in double figures with 18 points. Vasilis Spanoulis added 17, Jaka Lakovic 13 and Fragiskos Alvertis 10 for the winners, whose defense held Benetton scoring ace Drew Nicholas to just 9 points. Marcus Goree had 18 for the visitors, Ramunas Siskauskas and Matteo Soragna 10 each.




The sellout crowd that filled OAKA Olympic Stadium created a truly fantastic atmosphere, but paradoxically Benetton was the team thaat jumped out to a good start, 0-4, behind jumpers from frontcourt players Andrea Bargnani and Goree. It wasn’t long, however, before the Greens found their composure. They tightened their defense and forced Benetton to miss 9 consecutive shots, allowing Panathinaikos to embark on an 8-0 run with 4 points by Lakovic. Benetton finally got re-started when Bargnani followed a missed layup by Goree, and when Dejan Tomacevic scored a free throw for Panathinaikos, Petar Popovic scored to get the visitors within 9-8. Now, it was the Greens who were struggling offensively. However, captain Fragiskos Alvertis stepped up for the challenge, as he first buried an open triple and then on the other end drew a charging foul on Uros Slokar. When Tomacevic slammed in transition, Panathinaikos was ahead 16-10 and while Slokar scored on a jumper to cut the deficit, the Greens held a 16-12 edge after 10 minutes.



As the second quarter got underway, Matteo Soragna connected from the arc to get Benetton within a point of the lead. After Tomacevic scored inside for the Greens, Goree got a pair of offensive boards that let Nicholas tie it up 18-18 with his first points. Panathinaikos reclaimed the lead on a triple by Lakovic that Batiste followed with a thunderous dunk off the dribble that left Benetton's players watching and the crowd on its feet. After a timeout, Benetton's answer was rapid. Siskauskas scored on a layup and later Goree drilled a triple for a 0-7 run and a 24-25 lead. Alvertis picked up the scoring slack for Panathinaikos with a fade-away jumper but Matt Santangelo one down in response for the guests. The Greens found Batiste, whose post move made it 30-27, charging up the crowd, but they went silent again as Siskauskas and Santangelo fired Benetton back in front, 30-31. Nicholas added to the advantage before Batiste's layup and free throws took bck the lead for Panathinaikos a 34-33 lead. The guests got the last chance of the half, but when Batiste fouled Nicholas shooting a triple, the Benetton guard made only 1 of 3 free throws, leaving a tie scoreboard, 34-34, at the break.



The second half commenced with both teams trading empty possessions. Free throws by Spanoulis helped Panathinaikos build a 37-34 lead, but Petar Popovic erased it with his own foul shot and layup. Tomasevic and Nikos Hatzivrettas ignited a 4-0 burst for the Greens, but they were again unable to widen the lead due to Goree's offensive prowess. He converted an offensive rebound and a three-point play to pull Benetton within 43-42. A triple by Siskauskas tied it 45-45 but Alvertis loaded his gun and fired from downtown in response for a 48-45 Panathinaikos lead. Soon, Spanoulis drove through the Benetton defense and found Hatzivrettas for 2 points. Despite Goree’s attempts, Panathinaikos was now turning the tide in its favour. With Spanoulis initiating the offense and Batiste turning the paint into his area of command, the hosts went suddenly in the driver's seat. Scoring proved now an uphill battle for Benetton, such that when Alvertis beat the buzzer, the Panathinaikos lead had soared to 60-51.



Lakovic came out on fire in the final quarter and nailed a pair of decisive triples that kept Panathinaikos firmly in front, 66-54. Soragna and Goree added 3 points apiece, but Benetton could not claw its way back. Spanoulis was in the zone with back-to-back drives that created havoc for Benetton and showed who is in charge. When the fans found out that Efes Pilsen triumphed in Zagreb and realized that Panathinaikos was due to finish atop Group G, they burst into chants and asked the Greens to bring back the glory days. Eventually the Greens cruised to an 81-70 decision, yet few in the crowd were paying attention to the final score. What was important for them was the fact that Panathinaikos had completed its amazing comeback and advanced to the quarterfinals with the precious home advantage on its side.

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FIBA - Fans buy up tickets

TOKYO (FIBA World Championship) - If the FIFA World Cup offers the hottest ticket in town, basketball fans in Japan and around the world have discovered the FIBA World Championship is not much different.

The evidence?

Most of the tickets made available on the internet on March 23 were snapped up so quickly that they were gone almost immediately.

This will come as no surprise with the world's best players like Argentina's Emanuel Ginobili, Team USA's Kobe Bryant, Germany's Dirk Nowitzki, China's Yao Ming, France's Tony Parker and Spain's Pau Gasol among the dozens of superstars headed for the tournament.

The Local Organising Committee in Tokyo announced yesterday the Group Games in Sapporo city, Hokkaido (Group D, participating teams: Senegal, USA, China, Italy, Puerto Rico and Slovenia) were sold out in the first 10 minutes after the online sales (http://www.fiba2006.com/ticket/ticket_e.html) were launched.

Also, tickets for some Group Games in other cities, and certain types of tickets for game days in the Final Round, have already sold out.

Japanese fans will have a second chance from Saturday, May 20 until Friday, June 30 for all ticket types at all venues for all game days.

The sellouts refer to ticket sales within Japan, but sales outside of Japan are also going very well.

Tickets are available for sale to fans outside of Japan from March 23 - April 30 on.

Information about the second wave of international sales will be announced at a later stage.

Why are tickets moving so quickly?

Fans know they will see the best players in the world, and they will see more than just one game.

For the first round, a ticket is valid for the complete session of all three games per day.

The prices range from 4.000 to 9.000 Yen per ticket.

For the final round in Saitama a ticket is valid for two games and the prices range is from 5.000 to 20.000 Yen per ticket.

For reference: the exchange rate is about 119Yen/US$.

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Congrats to Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins was voted to the NBA Hall of Fame. He played for Panathinaikos and led them to the European championship in 1996. He was also the MVP of the final four in Paris, where he was born.

One of the NBA's true marquee players for more than a decade, Dominique Wilkins earned the nickname "Human Highlight Film" with a plethora of spectacular individual plays dating back to his college years at Georgia. A member of the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1983, the high-flying 6-8 forward was been named to seven All-NBA teams and nine consecutive All-Star squads and is a two-time winner of the NBA Slam-Dunk Championship.

In 1986 he won the NBA scoring title with an average of 30.3 points per game, and in 1992 he set an NBA record by sinking 23 free throws in a game without a miss. He's the Atlanta Hawks' all-time franchise leader in both scoring and steals.

One of only 12 players to score over 25,000 points in his NBA career, Wilkins returned to the NBA in 1996-97 after one year in Europe and led the San Antonio Spurs in scoring with an 18.2 average at the age of 37. He left the NBA ranked seventh on the all-time scoring list with 26,534 points and 10th in career scoring average at 25.3 ppg.

In the mid-80s with the Hawks, Wilkins was a phenomenal scorer and a ferocious dunker.



Born in Paris, France, where his father was stationed while with the Air Force, Wilkins attended high school in Washington, North Carolina. The older brother of NBA player Gerald Wilkins, Dominique attended college at Georgia, where he averaged 21.6 points over three seasons. It was his acrobatic exploits there that earned him the nickname of the "Human Highlight Film."

He entered the 1982 NBA Draft after his junior year and was selected by the Utah Jazz with the third overall pick. He refused to sign with the Jazz, however, and was dealt in September, 1982 to the Atlanta Hawks for John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash. Wilkins was an instant hit for the Hawks, averaging 17.5 ppg as a rookie. He came back in his second season with an average of 21.6 ppg, starting a remarkable streak in which he would average above 20 points per contest for 11 consecutive seasons.

Wilkins was instrumental to the Hawks' success in the late 1980s as the club recorded 50 wins in four straight seasons from 1985-86 to 1988-89. During that span he poured in more than 30 points per game twice, and for the four years combined he averaged 29.1 ppg. In 1988 he also scored 29 points in 30 minutes of action in the All-Star Game. In the postseason he averaged 31.2 points and despite the Hawks narrowly missing out on reaching the Eastern Conference Finals after losing to the Boston Celtics by a mere two points in Game 7 of the conference semifinals, he ganied more respect as a result of his epic battle with Larry Bird.

In the early 1990s, while the Hawks were slipping from a 50-win team to a .500 ballclub, Wilkins evolved from a pure scorer into a more all-around contributor. In 1990-91 he grabbed a career-high 9.0 rebounds per contest, and he topped 3 assists per game that year for the first time. Nearly injury-free for most of his career, he suffered a season-ending rupture of his Achilles tendon midway through the 1991-92 campaign.

Some thought the injury might end Wilkins's career, but the 32-year-old bounced back in grand fashion the next year, averaging 29.9 ppg to finish second to Michael Jordan for the league scoring crown while maintaining his solid all-around play. That same season he became the 17th player in NBA history to rack up 20,000 points.

Midway through the 1993-94 season -- Wilkins' 12th with Atlanta -- the Hawks shocked their fans by trading their all-time leading scorer to the Los Angeles Clippers for Danny Manning. Wilkins became a free agent after the season and signed with the Boston Celtics for 1994-95. Although he was the Celtics' leading scorer, his average of 17.8 points per game was his lowest mark since his rookie season.

The summer following the season, Wilkins, unhappy with his role on the rebuilding Celtics, signed to play for Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek League. He averaged 20.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 14 games for Panathinaikos and led the team to the European Championship for Men's Clubs in 1996. Wilkins was named the MVP of the European Final Four in Paris.

Before the 1996-97 season, he returned to the NBA, signing a contract as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs, who were seeking to add bench scoring. Wilkins gave them more than they could have hoped for, leading the team with an average of 18.2 ppg in 1996-97 and also contributing 6.4 rpg. However, after one season, Wilkins once again went overseas, this time signing a contract with Teamsystem in Italy for the 1997-98 season.

He returend to play his last season in the NBA during the 1998-99 campaign alongside his brother Gerald with the Orland Magic. In only 27 games, he averaged just 5.0 ppg and 2.6 rpg but will always be remembered as one of the game's most exciting players.

Career Statistics

G FG% 3PFG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts APG Stls Blks Pts PPG
1,074 .461 .319 .811 7,169 6.7 2,667 2.5 1,378 642 26,668 24.8

Stats for the 1996 semi-final

SEMIFINALS (April 9)


PANATHINAIKOS 81 - CSKA MOSCOW 71 (36-33)

Panathinaikos: D. Wilkins 35, F. Alvertis 13, S. Vrankovic 8, N. Ekonomou 8, J. Korfas 8, T. Stavrakopoulos 7, E. Vourtzoumis 2, P. Yannakis, M. Pecarski, Myriounis. Head coach: Bozidar Maljkovic

CSKA: V. Karasev 23, J. Nwosu 12, G. Vetra 8, S. Panov 7, I. Koudelin 7, E. Kissourine 7, A. Kornev 4, N. Morgunov 3, A. Vadeev, Kourachev. Head coach: Stanislav Eremine


FC BARCELONA 76 - REAL MADRID 66 (34-38)

Barcelona: A. Karnisovas 24, Godfread 22, F. Martinez 10, A. Jimenez 8, X. Fernandez 6, JA. Montero 2, S. Diez 2, M. Bosch 2, JL. Galilea, R. Dueńas. Head coach: Aito G. Reneses

Real: J. Arlauckas 22, Z. Savic 15, Antunez 11, M. Smith 8, I. Santos 6, P. Laso 2, JA. Morales 2, Ferrer, S. Abad, Garcia. Head coach: Zelimir Obradovic

Stats for the Final (April 11)



Wilkins MVP of the final four in Paris


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OSFP lost in the final 8 of the Euroleague (87-78) In M.Tel Aviv, but Panathinaikos beat Tau (84-72) at OAKA.






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Congrats to Olympiakos. Hopefully they can pull off a sensation next week and eliminate Maccabi, that would really be funny especially for the 1,000 fans who've already bought tickets for Prague.

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Pics from Tau-Pao. Its 1-1 in the series and the winner in Athens next week goes to the final four in Prague.





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Pics from OSFP-Maccabi Tel Aviv. Its also 1-1 in the series and the winner in Tel Aviv next week goes to the final four in Prague.





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Big win. Lets hope we can do it again now.
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ARIS lost to Dynamo Moscow in the ULEB Basketball Final 73-60. The game played was played in Belgium and there were thousands of Aris fans. I'm happy for the 2 greek players on Dynamo Moscow. Hopefully, Panathinaikos and Olympaikos can both advance to the final four this week.

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Dynamo Moscow is the 2006 ULEB Cup champion! Dynamo clinched the first-ever European title in the club's 83-year history by downinng Aris Salonika 60-73 in the ULEB Cup Final in front of a sellout crowd of 6,300 at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium. Dynamo thrived amid an incredible basketball atmosphere created by a majority of Aris fans thanks to an outstanding Ruben Douglas, who led the winners and earned MVP honors with 17 points. Shooting in the second half at a basket whose background was a sea of Aris yellow and black, Dynamo showed incredible poise and control. Bojan Popovic played a key role off the bench with 17 points on 12 of 12 free throws. Mire Chatman had 15 points on 9 of 10 free throws, Lazaros Papadopoulos posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds while Antonios Fotsis also grabbed 12 rebounds for Dynamo. Popovic had 11 points in the final 5 minutes of the second quarter to help Dynamo to get a 28-37 halftime lead. Aris rallied and got its last lead at 45-44, but Dynamo found a go-to guy in Papadopoulos, who scored 10 points in a game-breaking 6-19 run which sealed the win, 51-63, with 4 minutes to go. As such, Dynamo lifted the trophy in style, sweeping all seven games of the elimination rounds, a first in the four-year history of the competition.

In its only previous final, Dynamo had lost to another Greek team, AEK, in the 1968 Cup Winners' Cup. Aris lost a European final for the first time after three previous victories: in the 1993 Saporta Cup, the 1997 Korac Cup and the 2003 FIBA Champions Cup. Despite its unprecedented fan support, Aris put a bitter end of its otherwise fantastic ULEB Cup season. Terrell Castle led Aris with 17 points while Ryan Stack and Giorgios Sigalas each had 10. Dynamo coach Dusan Ivkovic, who had coached Aris in the early 1980s, added to his list of honors with his fifth continental club trophy, having previously won the 1997 Euroleague with Olympiacos, the 1979 Korac Cup with Partizan, and back-to-back Saporta Cup title with AEK in 1999 and 2000. Dynamo big men Lazaros Papadopoulos and Antonios Fotsis become the first-ever players to have won both the Euroleague and the ULEB Cup titles, having both taken the top European title in 2002.

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Panathinaikos lost at home and were eliminated. Lets see how Olympiakos does...

Tau Ceramica made it to the Final Four! Tau is back to fight for the Euroleague title by edging Panathinaikos 71-74 in dramatic fashion, in front of a sellout crowd of 18,000 fans in Athens, Greece on Wednesday night. Tau won the best-of-three series 1-2 and registered just the second road win in this year's Quarterfinals Playoffs. As such, Tau became the second team to reach the Final Four, as CSKA had qualified last week by sweeping its series against Efes Pilsen.

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Olympiakos lost in Maccabi 77-73 and were eliminated. This is only the fifth time in the last 18 years that a Greek team has not been in the final four. The final four will be in Athens next year. Barcelona made it to the final four with Kakiouzis. Wish him luck and luck to Papaloukas and Dikoudis of TSKA Moscow in the final four.

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All in all a bad season for Greek clubs.

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I think it was only a bad season for Panathinaikos. For them anything but winning the cup would be a failure. But Olympiakos went as far as they could go realistically and Macabbi is a damn strong team. As for Aris making the cup, they should be delighted.

These things happen. At least Greek teams showed some muscle in Europe.
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I think it was only a bad season for Panathinaikos. For them anything but winning the cup would be a failure. But Olympiakos went as far as they could go realistically and Macabbi is a damn strong team. As for Aris making the cup, they should be delighted.

These things happen. At least Greek teams showed some muscle in Europe.
Greek fans also showed muscle. Check out this video clip of ARIS fans in the ULEB final.

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Aris making the final of Uleb was a success taking as granted the budget of the team. In addition, our fans impressed everybody with their size and madness for their beloved team!
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Not only the budget, but also the quality. With the exception of Stack and the occasional flash of brilliance from Brewster and Pandius, the rest are either tottaly average or just suck!
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