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Mario Kasun (born April 5, 1980) is a Croatian former professional basketball player. He played at the center position.

Mario Kasun
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Kasun with FC Barcelona in February 2008.
Personal information
Born (1980-04-05) April 5, 1980 (age 39)
Vinkovci, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career1996–2014
PositionCenter
Career history
1996–1997KK Gorica
1997–2000KK Zrinjevac
2002RheinEnergie Köln
2002–2004Frankfurt Opel Skyliners
20042006Orlando Magic
2006–2008FC Barcelona
2008–2010Efes Pilsen
2010–2012Zagreb
2012Montepaschi Siena
2013–2014Al Wasl Dubai
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Kasun started playing basketball at a local club in Delnice when he was 14, before he started playing professionally with BC Zrinjevac in Zagreb. He was part of the 1998–99 Croatian junior team and the Croatian under-21 team in 2000.

After two seasons in the Zagreb club, and winning the Croatian Cup, in 2000 he moved to Gonzaga University in the NCAA, but was subsequently suspended by the Croatian Basketball Federation for this abrupt move, and spent two seasons on the bench.

Kasun played at 2002 NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, being one of the tallest players, and showing some center skills. During 50 minutes over three games, he totalled 20 points and had 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, converting nine of 17 shots (52.9%).[1] In 2002, he was initially selected by the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Los Angeles Clippers in the second round (41st overall) of the 2002 NBA draft. On June 26, he was traded by the Clippers to the Orlando Magic in exchange for future considerations. Regardless of this, he then moved to Germany to play for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, based in Frankfurt. With them he won the German championship and also appeared in the 2003–04 ULEB Cup.

In 2004, he returned to the US to play for the Orlando Magic. In the 2004–05 season he played in 45 games for Orlando and averaged 7.9 minutes per game. In 2005–06, he appeared in 28 games.

In July 2006 he returned to Europe again, signing with FC Barcelona and later in 2008 with Efes Pilsen.

In August 2010 he returned to Croatia and signed a one-year contract with KK Zagreb.[2]

In August 2012 he signed a two-year contract with Montepaschi Siena.[3] In December 2012, Kasun left the team for personal reasons.[4] In September 2013, he signed with Al Wasl Dubai for the 2013–14 season.[5]

In 2014 he had to play for Levski Sofia another two seasons before retiring, but the club president was arrested for tax evasions just as he was due to sign for the club, so he never played for them.[6]

In February 2018 he played one match for KK Samobor, a regional division club from Croatia.[7]

Euroleague career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

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.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 FC Barcelona 8 7 15.9 .569 .000 .875 4.3 .5 .4 .5 11.9 12.1
2007–08 FC Barcelona 21 12 17.6 .620 .000 .661 3.9 .7 .4 .6 9.6 9.8
2008–09 Efes Pilsen 1 0 10.3 .600 .000 .667 1.0 .0 .0 .0 8.0 5.0
2009–10 Efes Pilsen 16 12 15.8 .655 .000 .643 5.8 .5 .4 .5 8.0 10.3
2011–12 KK Zagreb 9 9 25.1 .536 .000 .800 6.6 .9 .7 .9 12.2 13.3
2012–13 Montepaschi 8 4 10.9 .500 .000 .556 4.0 .3 .4 .6 5.0 5.6
Career 63 44 17.0 .592 .000 .700 4.7 .6 .4 .6 9.2 10.1

Croatian national teamEdit

Kasun was part of the Croatia national basketball team at EuroBasket 2005, EuroBasket 2007 and EuroBasket 2009. After a disappointing result for Croatia in the Eurobasket 2009, Mario Kasun announced his retirement from the national team with this words: "This was my last game for the national team. Every time I gave everything on the court, but it seems that is not enough. I need the summer to rest and not be injured. Obviously I am not stable in the head anymore."[8]

Private lifeEdit

In a March 2005 interview with Inside Hoops, Kasun referred to Dražen Petrović as one of his favorite players and number one idol.[9]

Kasun is famous for his tattoos, of which he has 30. He got his first when he was only 15.

His tattoos are mostly related with faith and his family. On his right forearm and wrist he has an angel and four letters: E, D, M and A. Those represent the first letter on the name of every member in his family: E for his sister "Eva", D for his father, "Drago" (angels, inner side of right biceps), M is meant for his own name, "Mario" and A for mother "Ankica" (right rib). On his back he has a big tattoo of another angel, which he describes as "watching my back".[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NBA.com: Mario Kasun
  2. ^ KK Zagreb signs Mario Kasun to a one-year contract
  3. ^ Mens Sana Siena officially adds Mario Kasun
  4. ^ Montepaschi Siena, center Kasun part ways
  5. ^ "Al Wasl inks Mario Kasun". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  6. ^ "MARIO KASUN'U različitim su mi klubovima slomili ruku u istoj dvorani i isti me doktor uvjeravao da mi nije ništa. Bio sam u depresiji i htio se ubiti, a iz košarke sam se maknuo jer su mi se zgadili prevaranti'". 100posto.hr (in Croatian). November 4, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mario Kasun debitirao pobjedom u dresu Samobora". 01portal.hr (in Croatian). February 5, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Kasun goodbye Archived 2009-09-24 at the Wayback Machine (in Croatian)
  9. ^ InsideHoops.com – Mario Kasun Interview
  10. ^ Kasun's tattoos[permanent dead link] (in Croatian)

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