Danko Cvjetićanin (often credited as Cvjetičanin; born 16 October 1963) is a Croatian basketball scout and former player.

Danko Cvjetićanin
Brooklyn Nets
Personal information
Born (1963-10-16) 16 October 1963 (age 60)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight90 kg (198 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1985: undrafted
Playing career1980–1997
PositionShooting guard
Career history
1994–1995Reggio Emilia
Career highlights and awards
Representing  Yugoslavia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul Team
World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Spain Team
European Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Greece Team
European Championship for Juniors
Silver medal – second place 1982 Bulgaria Team
Representing  Croatia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona Team
World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Canada Team
European Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Germany Team

Cvjetićanin won two silver medals at the Olympic Games, one with Yugoslavia (1988) and the other with Croatia (1992). Cvjetićanin, who started his career with Partizan, won the European Club Championship with Cibona in 1986. He also played professionally in Spain and Italy.

Early life edit

Born in Zagreb, six-year-old Cvjetićanin moved to the Yugoslav capital Belgrade along with his parents and sister when his sociologist father Vladimir Cvjetićanin, whose areas of study primarily focused on the social structure of the Yugoslav population, took a management position at the state-owned Ivo Lola Ribar metallurgical factory in the Belgrade suburb of Železnik.[1][2][3]

Growing up during the 1970s in Belgrade, Cvjetićanin attended the Drinka Pavlović Primary School.[2] Being a tall yet mobile kid, he soon took up basketball in the OKK Beograd youth categories before transferring to KK Partizan's youth system where he was coached by Duško Vujošević.[2] While playing youth basketball in the late 1970s, teenage Cvjetićanin idolized two Yugoslav basketball stars with body type and skill set similar to his own—Dragan Kićanović and Mirza Delibašić.[2]

Club playing career edit

KK Partizan edit

Cvjetićanin began his basketball career with KK Partizan.

KK Cibona edit

In 1985, right before his 22nd birthday, Cvjetićanin transferred to KK Cibona, reigning European Champions Cup and Yugoslav League champions. The transfer was precipitated by his parents moving back to Zagreb.[1]

Arriving to Cibona as replacement at shooting guard for Aco Petrović who was away serving his mandatory Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) stint, Cvjetićanin made his club debut in November 1985 during week 5 of the league season versus lowly Sloga Kraljevo, scoring 36 points.[1] He then saw reduced playing time versus KK Zadar, leading to antagonism with Cibona head coach Željko Pavličević, a temporary conflict that saw Cvjetićanin not show up for the team's post-game meeting in protest.[1] Accepting criticism over his application on the defensive end, Cvjetićanin was soon reinstated.[1]

National team edit

Youth edit

Cvjetićanin was part of the Yugoslavia junior national team that got silver at the 1982 FIBA European Junior Championship in Bulgaria.

Full squad edit

Cvjetićanin made Yugoslavia's national team for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul led by head coach Dušan Ivković. Appearing in 8 games at the tournament, the shooting guard received significant minutes, contributing 9.8 points per game—thus being the team's fourth best scorer at the tournament behind Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, and Žarko Paspalj[4]—as Yugoslavia made the final where they lost to Soviet Union.

Playing in the backcourt with his Cibona club teammate Dražen Petrović or Partizan's Željko Obradović, Cvjetićanin's best scoring outing came at the preliminary group stage with 18 points versus the minnows of the group, South Korea.[5] He also had an important 16-point contribution (on 83.3% field goal percentage including 4 of 4 three-pointers) in the quarter-final versus Canada in only 17 minutes of action, taking advantage of Canada's defensive focus on Yugoslavia's star player and leading scorer, Petrović.[6]

Post-playing career edit

After playing career, Cvjetićanin worked as the European scouting coordinator for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers from 1998 to 2010.[7][8] He has been performing the same position for the New Jersey Nets since 2010.

Personal life edit

Cvjetićanin's son Filip (born 1993) played college basketball for the Florida Gulf Coast University.[9]

He is married to Marga Cvjetićanin, they have two children Lana Cvjetićanin born in 2014 and Tin Cvjetićanin born in 2016.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Miljuš, Predrag (Fall 1985). "Danko Cvjetićanin, skroman momak - a nesvakidašnji talenat: Zašto je prešao iz Partizana u Cibonu?". Tempo. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Radojević, Srđan (27 February 2017). "Give & Go podcast sa Dankom Cvjetićaninom". Sport Klub Srbija. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ Borković, Goran (16 July 2022). "Danko Cvjetićanin: Košarka je u raljama politike, osobnih interesa i neznanja". Novosti. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  4. ^ Yugoslavia stats at the 1988 Olympics
  5. ^ Cvjetićanin game logs at the 1988 Olympics
  6. ^ Yugoslavia vs. Canada 95-73, 1988 Olympic quarterfinal game box score
  7. ^ "Introducing Edin Bavcic". NBA.com. June 30, 2006. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
  8. ^ "Cvjetićanin: Ovo finale je već za povijest" (in Croatian). Jutarnji.hr. June 2, 2008. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2008.
  9. ^ "Sin Danka Cvjetičanina zablistao na floridskom koledžu" (in Croatian). Index.hr. January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012.

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