Aleksandar Gec

Aleksandar Gec (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Гец; 3 March 1928 – 12 April 2008) was a Serbian professional basketball player, coach and administrator. He was the first basketball star of Crvena zvezda.[1] He represented the Yugoslavia national basketball team internationally.

Aleksandar Gec
Personal information
Born(1928-03-03)3 March 1928
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died12 April 2008(2008-04-12) (aged 80)
Belgrade, Serbia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Career information
NBA draft1950 / Undrafted
Playing career1945–1953
PositionGuard
Number10
Coaching career1956–1959
Career history
As player:
1945–1953Crvena zvezda
As coach:
1956–1959Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards
As player:

Early lifeEdit

Gec spent his whole lifetime in Belgrade, where he finished his education. He went to the Third Men's Gymnasium.[2]

Playing careerEdit

Crvena zvezdaEdit

Gec began playing basketball for Crvena zvezda team in 1945, practically since its foundation. With Crvena zvezda he has won the eight Yugoslav National Championships in a row from 1945 until 1953.[2]

In the 1952 Championship Gec averaged 8.5 points per game (110 points in 13 matches).[2] He is known for game against Proleter Zrenjanin in 1952. Four seconds before the end of the game, the score was tied when he took responsibility and scored with a shot from half court, but the crowd formed at the scorer's table and the judges ruled to overturn the point and then return the ball to his team. Gec scored winning point from the same place.[2]

After three games in the 1953 Championship Gec felt very bad. Doctors discovered serious illness of the left lung and because of that he finished his playing career with just 25.[1]

Yugoslavia national teamEdit

As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Gec participated in 1950 World Championship[3] and two European Championship, 1947 in Prague and 1953 in Moscow.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Gec become a head coach of Crvena zvezda in 1956 where he replaced Nebojša Popović on that position. After 1959 Yugoslav League season Gec left the job.[2] He also coached the Yugoslavia women's national team at 1956 European Women's Basketball Championship in Prague, Czechoslovakia.[5]

Administrative careerEdit

Gec was President of Crvena zvezda during the 1970s when they won two National Championship, three Yugoslav Cups and the FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup in 1974.[1]

After an Eternal derby in which Partizan won, Partizan fans beat up the few Red Star fans in front of the police who did not intervene. Gec is required to send a protest letter to the Director of Partizan, which was also the Minister of the Interior of Serbia. Gec's Associates declined because of fear, whereupon Gec submitted the irrevocable resignation.[1][2]

In popular cultureEdit

Coaching recordEdit

Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage

Yugoslav First Basketball LeagueEdit

Season Team Games W D L W % Result
1956 Crvena zvezda 18 10 3 5 .556 4th
1957 Crvena zvezda 18 11 1 6 .611 3rd
1958 Crvena zvezda 18 11 1 6 .611 3rd
1959 Crvena zvezda 18 11 1 6 .611 Runner-up
Career 72 43 6 23 .597

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Preminuo Aleksandar Gec, prva velika zvezda KK Crvene zvezde
  2. ^ a b c d e f Na danasnji dan drodjen Aleksandar Gec
  3. ^ Aleksandar Gec at 1950 World Championship for Men
  4. ^ Aleksandar Gec FIBA Profile
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-24. Retrieved 2017-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Full Cast & Crew of We Will Be the World Champions