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Wayne Donald Brabender Cole (born October 16, 1945) is a retired American-Spanish basketball player and coach, who acquired Spanish citizenship on May 22, 1968. At a height of 6'4" (1.93 m), he could play at either the shooting guard or small forward positions. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. On February 3, 2008, Brabender was chosen as one of the 50 most influential personalities to European professional club basketball, over the previous half-century, by the EuroLeague Basketball Experts Committee.[1]

Wayne Brabender
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Personal information
Born (1945-10-16) October 16, 1945 (age 73)
Montevideo, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican / Spanish
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1967 / Round: 14 / Pick: 145th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career1967–1985
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Coaching career1990–2004
Career history
As player:
1967–1983Real Madrid
1983–1985Caja Madrid
As coach:
1990–1991Real Madrid
1991–1992Gran Canaria
2004CB Illescas
Career highlights and awards
As a player:


College careerEdit

Club playing careerEdit

Brabender was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 14th round (145th overall) of the 1967 NBA Draft, though he never played in the NBA. Brabender came to Spain in order to gain experience, and he ended up contributing to four EuroLeague titles won by Real Madrid in 1968, 1974, 1978, and 1980. With Real Madrid, he also won 13 Spanish League championships, 7 Spanish Cups, and 4 Intercontinental Cups.

National team playing careerEdit


  1. ^ "EuroLeague official website, Experts decide European Club Basketball's 50 greatest contributors".

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