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Velimir Perasović (born February 9, 1965) is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player, who currently serves as a head coach for Kirolbet Baskonia of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.

Velimir Perasović
Velimir Perasović Anadolu Efes Euroleague 20171012 (1).jpg
Perasović with Anadolu Efes in 2017
Kirolbet Baskonia
PositionHead coach
LeagueLiga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1965-02-09) February 9, 1965 (age 54)
Stobreč, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight94 kg (207 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1987 / Undrafted
Playing career1985–2003
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
1985–1992Jugoplastika Split / Pop 84
1992–1993Breogán
1993–1997Baskonia
1997–2002Fuenlabrada
2002–2003Alicante
As coach:
2003–2004Split
2004–2005Sevilla
2005–2007Baskonia
2007–2008Estudiantes
2008–2010Cibona
2010–2011Efes Pilsen
2012–2015Valencia
2015Croatia
2015–2016Baskonia
2016–2017Anadolu Efes
2018–presentBaskonia
Career highlights and awards
As a player:

As a coach:

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Early lifeEdit

Perasović was born in Stobreč, in the former Yugoslavia. He started playing basketball at the age of 14, and was soon recruited by KK Split, then named Jugoplastika, in 1981.

Perasović was member of the Yugoslav junior national basketball team which won the silver medal at the 1982 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Bulgaria, and the bronze medal at the 1984 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Sweden.

Basketball playing careerEdit

Pro clubsEdit

Perasović's club, KK Split, went on to win three EuroLeague championships, in 1989 and 1990, as "Jugoplastika" and in 1991, as "Pop 84". In 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991 they also won the Yugoslav Basketball League championship. In 1990 and 1991, they also won the Yugoslav Basketball Cup, and in 1992, they won the Croatian Basketball Cup (that time under the name of Slobodna Dalmacija).

In 1992, Perasović moved to the Spanish club Breogán, and he spent one season there, before moving to the Spanish club Taugrés, in 1993. He won the 1995 Spanish King's Cup and in 1996, he won the Saporta Cup against PAOK.

In 1997, he moved to the Spanish club Fuenlabrada, where he played until 2002. He then moved to the Spanish club Alicante, and he finally retired from his basketball playing career in 2003. During his playing career in Spain, he won the Spanish ACB League Top Scorer award five times. He was also once the best scorer of the Radivoj Korać Cup, and he participated in several Liga ACB All Star games.

National teamEdit

Perasović was also a part of the famous senior national team of Yugoslavia, that won the 1990 FIBA World Championship in Argentina, and the EuroBasket 1991 in Italy. He then played with the Croatia men's national basketball team when they won the silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, the bronze medal in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Canada, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1993 in Germany, EuroBasket 1995 in Greece.

Basketball coaching careerEdit

Perasović became the manager of Split CO for awhile, before moving back to Spain, to become the manager of Tau Cerámica. He led the team to the EuroLeague Final Four.

In the 2007-08 season, he became the head coach of Estudiantes, filling in for Mariano de Pablos, who had been fired due to negative results. He succeeded in keeping the team in the Spanish league.

He then moved to Zagreb, Croatia, to become the coach of Cibona, in the seasons 2008-09 and 2009-10. In 2009, he led the team to the Adriatic League final, winning the award for the best coach in the Adriatic League in the 2008-09 season, and he won the Croatian Cup and Croatian League championship, respectively. He again took Cibona to the Adriatic League and Croatian Cup finals in 2010. He also won the Croatian League championship, making Cibona the first team in the Croatian League's history to overcome an 0-2 series deficit in a best-of-five playoff series. He also reached the EuroLeague Top 16 phase in both seasons with Cibona.

In January 2012, he came back to Spain to coach Valencia. Perasović won the 2013–14 EuroCup, and left the club in January 2015.[1] In March 2015, Perasović took over the senior Croatia men's national basketball team.[2] After a disappointing EuroBasket 2015 tournament, in which Croatia was defeated in the Round of 16, Perasović and Croatia parted ways.

In June 2015, he came back to Spain to coach Laboral Kutxa,[3] and in February 2016, he extended his contract with Baskonia through the 2016–17 season.[4]

After being a semifinalist of the three competitions, Baskonia played (EuroLeague, Copa del Rey, and Liga ACB, Perasović left the club and went back to Anadolu Efes.[5]

On December 16, 2017, Anadolu Efes parted ways with him.[6]

On November 16, 2018, he came back to Spain to third time to coach Kirolbet Baskonia until the end of 2019-20 season to replace Pedro Martínez.[7]

Coaching recordEdit

Legend
G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeagueEdit

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Baskonia 2005–06 21 15 6 .714 Won in 3rd place game
2006–07 24 20 4 .833 Lost in 3rd place game
Cibona 2008–09 17 8 9 .471 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2009–10 16 4 12 .250 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Efes 2010–11 16 7 9 .438 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Valencia 2014–15 10 3 7 .300 Eliminated in group stage
Baskonia 2015–16 29 18 11 .621 Lost in 3rd place game
Anadolu Efes 2016–17 35 19 16 .543 Eliminated in quarterfinals
2017–18 12 3 9 .250 Fired
Baskonia 2018–19 30 16 18 .471 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Career 214 113 101 .528

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Valencia, Coach Perasovic part ways; Eurocup Basketball, 22 January 2015
  2. ^ "Perasović o reprezentaciji: 'Uvest ću igrače koji mogu unaprijediti našu igru'". Sportske novovsti (in Croatian) (2 March 2015). Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Velimir Perasovic, new Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Head Coach". baskonia.com. June 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Perasovic continuará en el banquillo del Laboral Kutxa Baskonia". acb.com (in Spanish). February 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Velimir Perasovic abandona el Laboral Kutxa rumbo al Anadolu Efes" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Efes parts ways with coach Perasovic". EuroLeague.net. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Martinez out, Perasovic back on Baskonia bench". EuroLeague.net. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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