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Slobodan "Piksi" Subotić (Serbian: Слободан Суботић; Greek: Σλόμπονταν Σούμποτιτς; born August 15, 1956) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for Budućnost VOLI of the ABA League, EuroCup and the Montenegrin League.

Slobodan Subotić
Budućnost VOLI
PositionHead coach
LeagueABA League
EuroCup
Montenegrin League
Personal information
Born (1956-08-15) August 15, 1956 (age 63)
Herceg Novi, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian / Greek / Croatian / Bosnian
Listed height6 ft 7.5 in (2.02 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
Playing career1975–1993
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Coaching career1993–present
Career history
As player:
1975–1986Smelt Olimpija
1986–1993Aris
As coach:
1993–1994Iraklis (assistant)
1994–1995Iraklis
1995–1996AEK Athens
1996–1997Aris
1997–1999Panathinaikos
1999Slovenia (assistant)
2000–2001Panionios
2001PAOK
2001–2003Slovenia
2002–2003Olympiacos
2004–2005Aurora Basket Jesi
2006–2008Split
2009–2010Cedevita
2011Aris
2012–2016Al Riyadi
2017Cibona
2018–2019Lebanon
2019–presentBudućnost
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

He has Greek citizenship, which he obtained to circumvent EU administrative restrictions while playing and coaching there. To be able to obtain Greek citizenship, he had to administratively change his name in the eyes of Greek law, and is thus known there as Slompontan "Lefteris" Soumpotits[1][2] (Greek: Σλόμπονταν "Λευτέρης" Σούμποτιτς). In addition to having Slovenian and Greek citizenship, he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina citizenship.[3][4] At 2.02 m (6'7 ​12") tall, he was a talented swingman, with incredible shooting ability.

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Playing careerEdit

Subotić helped the Greek club Aris to qualify for the EuroLeague's Final Four in three consecutive years (1988, 1989, and 1990. With Aris, he was a 5 time Greek League champion, in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991, and also a 5 time Greek Cup winner, in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1992.

Subotić then followed-up a successful playing career, by moving on to work as a basketball coach.

Coaching careerEdit

After his playing career, Subotić went into coaching. So far, some of the clubs that he's been the head coach of include: the Greek clubs Iraklis, AEK, Aris, Panathnaikos, Panionios, PAOK, and Olympiacos, the Croatian club Split, and Al Riyadi, of the Lebanese Basketball League.

As a head coach, he won the Greek League championship twice, in 1998 and 1999, the Greek Cup in 2002, the FIBA Korać Cup in 1997, and the Lebanese League championship in 2014 and 2015. He extended his contract with Al Riyadi for three more years in 2015.[5][6]

He was also an assistant coach with the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team in 1999, as well as the head coach of Slovenia, from 2001 to 2003. He coached Slovenia's senior men's team at the EuroBasket 2003. In 2012, he became the general manager of the Slovenian club Union Olimpija.[7]

On June 18, 2017, Subotić was named the head coach of the Croatian club Cibona.[8] On November 11, 2017, he parted ways with Cibona.[9]

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

PlayerEdit

  • Greek League Champion: (1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91)
  • Greek Cup Winner: (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992)

Head CoachEdit

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