Nemanja Đurić

Nemanja Đurić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Ђурић; June 18, 1936), is a Serbian former professional basketball player and former coach. He represented the Yugoslavia national basketball team internationally.

Nemanja Đurić
Personal information
Born (1936-06-18) 18 June 1936 (age 85)
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Listed height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight93 kg (205 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1958 / Undrafted
Playing career1955–1972
PositionPower forward / Center
Number11, 14
Coaching career1970–1976
Career history
As player:
1955Crvena zvezda
1956–?Radnički Belgrade
1967–1968Noalex Venezia
1968–1970Crvena zvezda
1970–1972Oriolik Sl. Brod
As coach:
1970–1972Oriolik Sl. Brod
1973–1974Crvena zvezda (assistant)
1974–1976Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Early lifeEdit

Đurić was raised in a sports family. His father and uncle played football for Slavija in Belgrade. He has trained many sports, played football for Šumadija Belgrade, after which he moved to handball club Hero, and later moved to volleyball club Partizan where he stays for a longer period and played for all youth selections. Đurić started to play basketball at the urging of his friend Slobodan Ivković.

Playing careerEdit

Đurić made his first basketball steps in Crvena zvezda when he was 19. The club felt that he was too old, so he went to Radnički Belgrade.

Đurić played in Italy for Noalex Venezia in 1967–68 season. After that he return to Crvena zvezda and won Yugoslav League in 1968–69 season along with Vladimir Cvetković, Zoran Slavnić, Dragan Kapičić, Ljubodrag Simonović and others.[1] Also, he played in 1969–70 European Champions Cup. Later, he played for Oriolik from Slavonski Brod.[2]

National team careerEdit

As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Đurić has played from 1959 to 1967. He participated in two FIBA World Championships (1963 in Brazil and 1967 in Uruguay)[3] and four European Championships (1959 in Turkey, 1961 in Yugoslavia, 1963 in Poland and 1965 in Soviet Union)[4] and two Summer Olympics (1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo).[5] Đurić won two silver medals at World Championships, two silver medals in 1961 and 1965) and one bronze (1963) at European Championships. He won a gold medal at 1959 Mediterranean Games in Lebanon.

During late May and early June 1964, Đurić faced off against a team of NBA All-Stars at three of their four games in Yugoslavia — on 29 May and 30 May 1964 in Belgrade as well as 2 June 1964 in Karlovac.[6] In Karlovac, the team consisting of local players lost 65–110. US players coached by Red Auerbach were Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Jerry Lucas, Bob Pettit, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russel. Alongside Đurić, the players on the local team were Giuseppe Gjergja, Mirko Novosel, Petar Skansi and others.[7]

Coaching careerEdit

Đurić was an assistant coach of the Crvena zvezda roster that won the 1974 European Cup Winners' Cup, assisting to Aleksandar Nikolić.[8]

Đurić was the head coach of Crvena zvezda for two seasons between 1974 and 1976, winning one Yugoslav Cup in 1975.

Career achievementsEdit

As player
As head coach
As assistant coach

Coaching recordEdit

Yugoslav Basketball League
Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Crvena zvezda 1974–75 26 18 8 .692 4th
Crvena zvezda 1975–76 26 13 13 .500 5th
Career 52 31 21 .596

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2016-11-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Feljton Radmilo Mišović (4): Forsiranje Kićanovića
  3. ^ Nemanja Đurić at 1963 World Championship for Men
  4. ^ Nemanja Đurić at 1959 European Championship for Men
  5. ^ Nemanja Đurić at 1960 Olympic Games Tournament for Men
  6. ^ "All Star NBA u Šancu 1964". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  7. ^ "KARLOVAC: 40 GODINA NBA LIGE U KARLOVCU". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Dan kada je Zvezda postala prva i besmrtna". Retrieved 11 December 2020.

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