Franjo Arapović (born 2 June 1965) is a Croatian former professional basketball player who played as a center. A 7 ft 0.5 in (2.15 m) tall, he won the silver medal with the Croatia national team at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Four years earlier he was a member of the Yugoslavia national team, that won the silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
|Member of Parliament|
22 December 2003 – 11 January 2008
|Parliamentary group||Croatian Democratic Union|
|Constituency||I electoral district|
|Born||2 June 1965|
Slipčići, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||2.15 m (7 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 7 / Pick: 159th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
Arapović was born in Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. In his professional career, he played for KK Lokomotiva Mostar, after which he moved to Croatian clubs Cibona, Croatia Osiguranje Split and Zrinjevac. He then moved to Pallacanestro Trapani in Italy, BC Žalgiris in Lithuania, Krka Telekom in Slovenia, Fenerbahçe S.K. in Turkey, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israel, again Žalgiris, and again Zrinjevac, Croatia Osiguranje Split and Cibona.
One of Arapović's most well-known moments was during the first half of the gold medal game between Croatia and the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics, when Arapović caught a pass from Toni Kukoč while driving toward the basket and made a running two-handed slam dunk to give Croatia a 25–23 lead over the Dream Team. David Robinson was whistled for a foul on the play, and Arapović demonstratively hung on the rim for several moments before giving the cheering crowd several fist-pumps.
- Franjo Arapovic at databaseOlympics.com (archived)
- Franjo Arapović at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
- Franjo Arapovic at the International Olympic Committee
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