Otar Korkia (Georgian: ოთარ ქორქია, Russian: Отар Михайлович Коркия; May 10, 1923 in Kutaisi – March 15, 2005 in Tbilisi) was a Georgian professional basketball player and coach. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players, in 1991. He was also named the Best Georgian Basketball Player of the 20th Century, and the Best Georgian Sportsman of the 20th Century.
Otar Korkia, during a basketball game
|Born||May 10, 1923|
Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
|Died||March 15, 2005 (aged 81)|
|Nationality||Soviet / Georgian|
|Listed height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||93 kg (205 lb)|
|1958–1962||Soviet Union U20|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
During his club career, Korkia played with Dinamo Kutaisi, from 1943 to 1946, and with Dinamo Tbilisi, from 1947 to 1958. He won three USSR League championships, in the years 1950, 1953, and 1954, and two USSR Cups, in 1949 and 1950.
National team careerEdit
Korkia was a member of the senior Soviet Union national basketball team, which won the silver medal at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games. He played in seven games during that tournament. He later became the captain of the senior Soviet national team.
Korkia was the head coach of Dinamo Tbilisi, when the club won the FIBA European Champions Cup (later called EuroLeague) championship, in the 1961–62 season. He was named an Honored Coach of the USSR, in 1967.
- GEORGIA LOSES LEGEND KORKIA.
- Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 306.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Otar Korkia Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 15 June 2018.