Björn Kristjánsson

Björn Kristjánsson (born 4 November 1992) is an Icelandic basketball player for KR of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild karla. Over his career, he has won the Icelandic championship with KR four times and the Icelandic Basketball Cup once.

Björn Kristjánsson
Björn Kristjánsson - 2015-01-29.jpg
Björn in 2015 with KR.
KR
PositionShooting guard
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
Personal information
Born (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 28)
Iceland
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Career information
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010KR
2010–2011FSu
2011–2012KR
2012Stjarnan
2013ÍR
2013–2014Breiðablik
2014–2016KR
2016–2017Njarðvík
2017–presentKR
Career highlights and awards

Playing careerEdit

Björn came up through the junior ranks of KR where he started his senior career in 2009. After a journeyman career during his first years, where he played for five teams in 5 years, Björn returned to KR in 2014 and helped the team win back-to-back national championships.

In October 2015, he was involved in a controversy after KR's chairman accused both Njarðvík and ÍR to have approached him while he was still under contract with KR[1] which both the teams denied.[2][3] After the 2015–2016 season, Björn signed with Njarðvík.[4]

After spending the 2016–2017 season with Njarðvík, Björn returned to KR in June 2017.[5] With him, KR won its 6th consecutive national championship in 2018. During the 2019 Úrvalsdeild finals, Björn was a big catalyst in KR's victory in game four which forced a decisive game five.[6] In game 5, KR won its 7th consecutive national championship.[7]

Due to a lingering hip injury, Björn was expected to miss the start of the 2019–20 season.[8] In January 2020, KR announced that Björn would undergo a surgery and miss the rest of the season.[9] In three games, he averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 assists per game.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Björn's brother is basketball player Oddur Rúnar Kristjánsson.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tómas Þór Þórðarson (30 October 2015). "Njarðvík og ÍR ræddu við Björn án leyfis: "Þetta er bara óvirðing"". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  2. ^ Eiríkur Stefán Ásgeirsson (30 October 2015). "Teitur: Enginn frá Njarðvík hafði samband við Björn í vikunni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (31 October 2015). "ÍR-ingar segjast ekki hafa rætt við Björn". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Björn yfirgefur KR fyrir Njarðvík". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 15 May 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Björn og Kristófer spila með KR í vetur". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 21 June 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  6. ^ Guðmundur Hilmarsson (2 May 2019). "Ég hreinlega trúi því ekki". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  7. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (4 May 2019). "Umfjöllun: KR - ÍR 98-70 - KR Íslandsmeistari sjötta árið í röð". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  8. ^ Runólfur Trausti Þórhallsson (20 October 2019). "Óvíst hvenær Björn snýr aftur". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ Hjörvar Ólafsson (5 January 2020). "Björn leikur ekki meira á tímabilinu". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  10. ^ Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (6 January 2020). "Björn frá út tímabilið og Jakob með brjósklos". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  11. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (28 January 2016). "Tapar litli bróðir níunda leiknum í röð?". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 October 2019.

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