Ioannis Bourousis (Greek: Ιωάννης Μπουρούσης; born November 17, 1983) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He is a 7 ft 3⁄4 in (2.15 m) 270 lb (122 kg) tall center. A two-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection, Bourousis has been compared to FIBA Hall of Fame center Vlade Divac by San Antonio Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich.
Bourousis with Greece in 2017
|No. 29 – Zhejiang Lions|
|Born||November 17, 1983|
|Listed height||7 ft 0.75 in (2.15 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bourousis was on the Greek national basketball team that won the gold medal at EuroBasket 2005 in Serbia, and played an instrumental role as Greece won the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009. He was also a member of the Greek national teams that finished fourth at EuroBasket 2007, and fifth in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Bourousis originally began his athletic career training to be a professional swimmer, but he grew too tall for the sport, and so he instead took up playing basketball, at the age of 18. He began playing basketball as a member of the youth clubs of G.S. Karditsas.
Bourousis began his professional career in the year 2001, with AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League. In 2006, he transferred to FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB League. Later that same year, he joined the Greek EuroLeague club Olympiacos.
In 2009, he was offered a 3-year $12 million contract by the NBA club the San Antonio Spurs. However, he turned down San Antonio's offer, and instead signed a 3-year contract extension with Olympiacos worth €5.1 million euros net income. The contract contained a €1 million euros buyout amount, which could only be used to sign with an NBA team. After 5 years with Olympiacos, the club decided to terminate his contract.
In the summer of 2011, just weeks before signing with Olimpia Milano, Bourousis was involved in a doping-related media controversy in Greece, after an unrelated football match-fixing probe of his (then future) father-in-law, Makis Psomiadis. However, Bourousis was quickly cleared of any suspected wrongdoing, after he submitted to drug testing for FIBA protocols, which are overseen by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in order to be cleared to play with Greece's national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2011.
On July 6, 2011, Bourousis then agreed to a two-year contract with the Italian A League club Olimpia Milano. In July 2013, Bourousis signed a contract with the Spanish League club Real Madrid. With Real Madrid, Bourousis won the Spanish Supercup in 2013, and the Spanish King's Cup 2014. In the summer of 2014, Real Madrid picked up their team option to keep him in the club for one more season.
In the 2014–15 season, Bourousis won the EuroLeague 2014–15 season championship, after his team, Real Madrid, defeated his former team, Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59 at the 2015 EuroLeague Final Four. Real Madrid also eventually finished the season winning the 2014–15 Spanish League championship, after a 3–0 series score in the ACB Finals against Barcelona. With that trophy, they won the triple crown.
In September 2015, Bourousis signed a contract with the Spanish team Saski Baskonia. On December 30, 2015, he was named Spanish League Player of the Month, after being MVP of the week three times in the first half of the 2015–16 ACB season. He repeated his win again as the Spanish League's Player of the Month in January 2016, after averaging 18.5 points per game and 7 rebounds per game, including 24 points scored in the win against Real Madrid. On May 23, 2016, he was named the Spanish League's MVP of the 2015–16 season, after averaging 12.9 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, and 0.9 steals per game.
National team careerEdit
Greek junior national teamEdit
Bourousis was a member of the junior Greek national basketball team that won the gold medal at the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Lithuania.
Greek senior national teamEdit
Bourousis was on the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 in Serbia, and played an instrumental role as Greece won the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2009. He was also a member of the Greek national teams that finished fourth in the EuroBasket 2007, and fifth in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
During an international friendly game between the national teams of Greece and Serbia, during the 2010 Acropolis Tournament, the Serbian player, Nenad Krstić, hit Bourousis on the head with a chair. "I thought he was a fan attacking me", Krstić declared the next day. Bourousis first pressed charges against Krstić and decided to sue, but he quickly changed his mind and dropped the charges and the lawsuit.
Bourousis was also a member of the Greek national teams that competed at the: 2010 FIBA World Championship, the EuroBasket 2011, the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the EuroBasket 2013, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the EuroBasket 2015, the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the EuroBasket 2017, and the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Bourousis won the EuroLeague|
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
Greek national teamEdit
- AEK Athens
- Greek League Champion: (2002)
- 2× Greek Cup Winner: (2010, 2011)
- Real Madrid
- EuroLeague Champion (2015)
- Spanish League Champion: (2015)
- 2× Spanish Cup Winner: (2014, 2015)
- 2× Spanish Supercup Winner: (2013, 2014)
- Triple Crown: Champion (2015)
- 2× All-EuroLeague First Team: (2009, 2016)
- EuroLeague MVP of the Month: (March 2016)
- 8× EuroLeague MVP of the Round
- Spanish League MVP: (2016)
- All-Spanish League Team: (2016)
- 2× Spanish League Player of the Month: (December 2015, January 2016)
- 6× Greek League All-Star: (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Greek All-Star Game MVP: (2009)
- 3× Greek League Best Five: (2008, 2009, 2011)
- ΜΠΟΥΡΟΥΣΗΣ Γιάννης | HEIGHT 2.15 (in Greek).
- Official Player Profile 2.15 m in height. archive.fiba.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- ΜΠΟΥΡΟΥΣΗΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ημερ.Γέννησης: 17-11-1983 Θέση/'Υψος: C / 2,15 (in Greek).
- MySanAntonio.com Greek center envisions future with the Spurs.
- RedPlanet.gr Πρόταση των Σπερς σε Μπουρούση (in Greek). Archived 2014-04-13 at the Wayback Machine
- MySanAntonio.com Greek center envisions future with the Spurs.
- Ioannis Bourousis re-signs with Olympiacos (in Lithuanian)} Archived 2009-06-23 at the Wayback Machine. Krepsinis.net. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- Euroleague.net OLYMPIACOS: Three more years for Bourousis Archived 2009-06-25 at the Wayback Machine. Admin.euroleague.net. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- (in Greek) – Στο στόχαστρο της Οκλαχόμα ο Μπουρούσης (in Greek)} Archived 2011-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. Redplanet.gr. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- Ekathimerini.com Bourousis caught up in doping scandal.
- Interbasket.net Greece: Ioannis Bourousis caught in Doping Scandal.
- RedPlanet.gr "Καθαρός" ο Μπουρούσης (in Greek). Archived 2012-04-22 at the Wayback Machine
- Pianetabasket.com Ioannis Bourousis è "pulito", firma un biennale con Milano! (in Italian).
- Milano inks Bourousis for two years.
- Euroleague.net REAL MADRID inks experienced big man Bourousis.
- "Real Madrid announced Ioannis Bourousis". Sportando. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Ioannis Bourousis to stay with Real Madrid one more season". sportando.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- "Ioannis Bourousis, new Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Player". baskonia.com. September 27, 2015.
- "MVP Movistar+ del mes de Diciembre" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Ioannis Bourousis, MVP Movistar+ de Enero" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Ioannis Bourousis, MVP Movistar+ de la Liga Endesa 2015-16" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 23 May 2016.
- "Στα πράσινα ο Μπουρούσης" (in Greek). Panathinaikos BC. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- Panathinaikos parted ways with Bourousis.
- Ioannis Bourousis inks with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
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- Ioannis Bourousis at legabasket.it (in Italian)
- Ioannis Bourousis at basket.gr (in Greek)