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Nebojša "Neša" Ilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша "Неша" Илић; born 26 February 1968) is a Serbian basketball executive and former player. He is currently serving as the sports director for Crvena zvezda and the team manager for the Serbia national basketball team.

Nebojša Ilić
Nesa Ilic.jpg
Nebojša Ilić in 2015
Crvena zvezda mts Belgrade
PositionSports director
LeagueBasketball League of Serbia
Adriatic League
Personal information
Born (1968-02-26) February 26, 1968 (age 51)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Career information
NBA draft1990 / Undrafted
Playing career1985–1997
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number5, 7
Career history
1985–1993Crvena zvezda
1993–1995Cáceres
1995–1997Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards

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Playing careerEdit

Crvena zvezda (1985–1993, 1995–1997)Edit

Ilić spent most of his professional career in his hometown-based team Crvena zvezda. Ilić holds the Yugoslav Basketball League record for points in one game. On November 21, 1992, in a game against Vojvodina, he scored 71 points and set the league record.[1]

After the 1996–97 season, Ilić retires from professional basketball. In ten seasons with the Zvezda, he played 304 games (tied with Zoran Slavnić) and scored 4,732 points.[2]

Cáceres (1993–1995)Edit

Ilić had a stint with Spanish team Cáceres. He played two Liga ACB seasons there.[3] The most important achievement there was the semifinals of the 1994–95 FIBA Korać Cup.

National team careerEdit

Ilić was a member of the Yugoslav cadet team that won the gold medal at the 1985 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Ruse, Bulgaria. Over seven tournament games as the team's leading scorer, he averaged 20.4 points per game.[4] Ilić was a member of the Yugoslavia national under-18 team that won the gold medal at the 1986 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Austria. Over seven tournament games as the team's leading scorer, he averaged 15.0 points per game.[5] Ilić was a member of the Yugoslavia national under-19 team that won the gold medal at the 1987 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Bormio, Italy. Over six tournament games as the team's leading scorer, he averaged 15.3 points per game.[6]

In all three tournaments, Svetislav Pešić was the head coach, while Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Radenko Dobraš and Slaviša Koprivica were his teammates.

Basketball executive careerEdit

Crvena zvezda (2001–present)Edit

 
Nebojša Ilić talking to the Zvezda's player Pero Antić (2017)

Ilić have been serving as a team manager of Crvena zvezda since 2001.[3] On September 19, 2017, he became a sports director of the Zvezda.[7]

As a team manager and sports director of the Zvezda, Ilić won five Serbian League championships (2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19), six National Cup tournaments (2004, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017). Also, he won four Adriatic League championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) and one Adriatic Supercup tournament (2018).

Serbia national team (2010–present)Edit

In 2010, Ilić joined the Serbia national basketball team's stuff as the team manager. Since then, he worked with two head coaches; Dušan Ivković and Aleksandar Đorđević.

Ilić won three silver medals; the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2016 Summer Olympics, and at the EuroBasket 2017.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nebojša Ilić: Šuter kakvih danas nema". novosti.rs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Želja mi je da ojačamo, a ne da oslabimo državu". politika.rs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Dve karijere Nebojše Neše Ilića". rts.rs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "1985 Yugoslavia Cadets - #9 - Nebojsa Ilic". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ "1986 Yugoslavia Juniors #6 - Nebojsa Ilic". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  6. ^ "1987 Yugoslavia Juniors #6 - Nebojsa Ilic". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Nebojša Ilić novi sportski direktor Crvene zvezde mts". kkcrvenazvezda.rs. Retrieved 20 September 2017.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mirko Pavlović
Sports Director of the KK Crvena zvezda
2017–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Miroslav Berić
Team Manager of the Serbia men's national basketball team
2010–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
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Team Manager of the KK Crvena zvezda
2001–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent