Giorgos Sigalas (alternate spelling: Georgios) (Greek: Γιώργος Σιγάλας; born July 31, 1971 in Peristeri, Athens, Greece), is a retired Greek professional basketball player and basketball coach. During the decade of the 1990s, the 2.01 m (6'7") tall swingman was the regular team captain of the pro club Olympiacos Piraeus, of the Greek League and the EuroLeague, and also of the senior Greek national team. Nicknamed Rambo, during his playing career, Sigalas was one of the best European defensive players of his generation.
|Born||July 31, 1971|
Peristeri, Athens, Greece
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|2003||Viola Reggio Calabria|
|Career highlights and awards|
Sigalas helped Olympiacos Piraeus to win a EuroLeague title in 1997, as well as to make two more EuroLeague Finals appearances, in 1994 and 1995. With the senior Greek national team, he competed in six consecutive EuroBasket tournaments, (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003), and he made it to the semifinals on the first three occasions. Sigalas was also instrumental on the Greek teams that made the semifinals of both the 1994 FIBA World Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship, as well as on Greece's team that finished in fifth place at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Sigalas won five consecutive Greek League championships, while playing with Olympiacos Piraeus, from 1993 to 1997. He also won two Greek Cup titles with Olympiacos, in 1994 and 1997. He also served as the team's captain.
In 1997, while playing with Olympiacos, Sigalas won the European basketball Triple Crown, meaning his team won the Greek League championship, the Greek Cup title, and also the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague championship, all in the same season. As of 2020, it is still the only time it has happened in the club's history.
Return to GreeceEdit
Sigalas then returned to the Greek League the following year, to play with Aris Thessaloniki. He stayed with Aris until 2000, when he transferred to Aris' arch-rival PAOK Thessaloniki, with whom he played with from 2000 to 2002.
Back to ItalyEdit
End of career in GreeceEdit
In the last years of his pro playing career, Sigalas returned home to once again play in the Greek League, to finish his club career. He played with Makedonikos in the 2003–04 season, with Panionios in the 2004–05 season, and finally, Sigalas ended his career back with Aris, where he played from 2005, until he retired in the year 2007.
National team careerEdit
Greek junior national teamEdit
Sigalas was a member of the junior national teams of Greece. With Greece's junior national teams, he played at the 1990 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, and at the 1992 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won a silver medal.
Greek senior national teamEdit
Sigalas was the long-time captain of the senior men's Greek national team. He played with the senior Greek national team in 185 games. With Greece's senior team, he competed in six consecutive EuroBaskets (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003).
After retiring from playing professional club basketball, Sigalas worked as a TV basketball commentator in Greece, for EuroLeague games. He also worked as a basketball coach for the Greek Under-20 national team. He also coached the Greek club, Ermis Lagkada, during the 2009–10 season.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
Pro club careerEdit
- 5× consecutive Greek League Champion: (1993–1997)
- 5× consecutive Greek League Finals MVP: (1993–1997)
- 2× Greek Cup Winner: (1994, 1997)
- 7× Greek All-Star Game: (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002)
- EuroLeague All-Final Four Team: (1994)
- FIBA European Selection: (1995)
- FIBA EuroStar: (1996)
- Greek League MVP: (1996)
- EuroLeague Champion: (1997)
- Triple Crown Winner: (1997)
- Acropolis Tournament MVP: (1999)
- Euroleague.net Olympiacos legend: Giorgios Sigalas.
- Georgios SIGALAS (GRE) participated in 15 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
- "Cyprus – Keravnos agrees with George Sigalas". MLBB.gr. July 16, 2013. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
- Εποχή… Σιγάλα στο Αιγάλεω! (in Greek). Gazzetta.gr. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2015-02-18.