Jaak Lipso (born April 18, 1940) is a retired Estonian professional basketball player, who competed for the Soviet Union. He is the only Estonian basketball player who has won two medals at the Olympic Games.[1] Lipso has also won two medals at the FIBA World Championship and he is a three-time Eurobasket champion with the Soviet Union national basketball team.[2] He was a member of the Soviet Union national team from 1961 to 1970. After his active career Lipso became a basketball coach.[3] Elected to the Hall of fame of Estonian basketball in 2010.[4]

Jaak Lipso
Personal information
Born (1940-04-18) April 18, 1940 (age 82)
Tallinn, Estonia
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1962 / Undrafted
Playing career1956–1981
Career history
1960–1961Rīgas ASK
1961–1969CSKA Moscow

Club careerEdit

Lipso's career started at the age of 16 in 1956 when he joined TRÜ basketball team (now Tartu Ülikool/Rock). He played there for four seasons winning two Soviet Estonian titles (1958, 1959). After that he played a season in Rīgas ASK in Soviet Latvia before moving to European powerhouse CSKA Moscow. He spent the next eight years in the team winning two Euroleague titles (1963, 1969) and six USSR League championship titles (1962–1966, 1969). Lipso then moved to Tallinna Kalev for two years and then to Harju KEK winning two more Soviet Estonian titles (1974, 1979).


National TeamEdit



  1. ^ "Jaak Lipso Biography and Statistics Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine". Sports-Reference. Retrieved on 2009-02-05
  2. ^ "Jaak Lipso". FIBA Europe. Retrieved on 2009-02-05
  3. ^ Eesti Elulood. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus 2000 (= Eesti Entsüklopeedia 14) ISBN 9985-70-064-3, p. 252.
  4. ^ Eesti korvpall 100 - Kuulsuste Hall - Jaak Lipso

Further readingEdit

  • Lääne, Tiit (2006). Eesti olümpiamedalivõitjad 1912–2006. Eesti Olümpiakomitee. pp. 132–133. ISBN 9949-427-25-8.
  • Lään, Vello; Ibrus, Märt (2006). Eesti korvpall portreed. Eesti Korvpalliliit. pp. 143–158. ISBN 9949-406-68-4.

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