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Kimani Ffriend (born 29 July 1977) is Jamaican professional basketball player for Ciclista Olímpico of the Argentinean League. He plays at the center position.

Kimani Ffriend
No. 44 – Ciclista Olímpico
PositionCenter
LeagueArgentinean League
Personal information
Born (1977-07-29) 29 July 1977 (age 42)
Kingston, Jamaica
NationalityJamaican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
CollegeDeKalb (1997–1998)
Gulf Coast CC (1998–1999)
Nebraska (1999–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Undrafted
Playing career2001–present
Career history
2001–2002Greenville Groove
2002Trotamundos de Carabobo
2002Dynamo Moscow
2002–2003Beijing Shougang Ducks
2003Gigantes de Carolina
2003–2004Reflex
2004–2005Hapoel Jerusalem
2005Casti Group
2005–2006Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2006–2007Incheon ET Land Black Slamer
2007–2008Brose Baskets
2008Paris-Levallois
2008–2009Mersin
2009–2010Apollon Limassol
2010Panteras de Miranda
2010Cangrejeros de Cartagena
2010–2011Bornova Belediye
2011–2012Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan
2012Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada
2012Metalac Valjevo
2015–2016Jagodina
2016OKK Beograd
2017Dynamic
2017–presentCiclista Olímpico
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

Ffriend played NCAA college basketball with the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1999 to 2001. Prior that, Ffriend attended Gulf Coast Community College and DeKalb College.

Professional careerEdit

Ffriend started his professional career with the Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) in the 2001–02 season.

Jamaican national teamEdit

Ffriend won the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA CBC Championship with the Jamaican national team.

Off the courtEdit

In the early morning hours of Saturday, 3 November 2012, Kimani Ffriend hit a 29-year-old woman with his car in downtown Belgrade at the intersection of Francuska Street and Cara Dušana Street, killing her instantly. According to the reports, the basketball player was driving under the influence, with 0.98 of alcohol in his blood as determined via a breathalyzer test administered by the police.[1] Twenty-nine-year-old victim Nevena Dragutinović was with her twin sister when she was struck by Ffriend with his Škoda Fabia and killed. Her sister was taken to the emergency center in a state of shock. The accident happened around 4:20 a.m. CET. Ffriend told the police that he had tried to avoid a taxi that was in the right lane, that he had therefore swerved into the left lane and hit the victim. Ffriend left the Valjevo-based Metalac basketball club on the same day earlier, as he was supposed to transfer to Spanish CB Valladolid.[2]

On 5 November 2012, an investigative judge from the Higher Court in Belgrade ordered Ffriend detained for 30 days due to a "possibility of the suspect fleeing the country".[3]

On 5 September 2014, the Belgrade Higher Court found Ffriend guilty of committing a "severe act against public traffic safety" and sentenced him to 3 years in prison along with a 2-year ban on operating motorized vehicles.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Košarkaš Kimani Frend automobilom pregazio devojku u Francuskoj ulici". Blic. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ B92 - Jamaican basketball player runs over woman in Belgrade, 3 November 2012[dead link]
  3. ^ Ž. A., A. (3 November 2012). "Košarkašu Kimaniju Frendu pritvor za smrt bliznakinje, na saslušanju se branio ćutanjem". Blic. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  4. ^ Tanjug (5 September 2014). "Kimani Frend osuđen na tri godine zatvora". Večernje novosti. Retrieved 25 April 2015.

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