Zoran "Moka" Slavnić (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Мока Славнић; born 26 October 1949) is a Serbian retired professional basketball player and coach. He played with Crvena zvezda and with Partizan. One of the best European point guards of all time, he was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991 and became a FIBA Hall of Fame player in 2013.

Zoran Slavnić
Personal information
Born (1949-10-26) 26 October 1949 (age 74)
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Listed height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Listed weight73 kg (161 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1971: undrafted
Playing career1967–1983
PositionPoint guard
Number10, 15
Coaching career1980, 1983–2007
Career history
As player:
1967–1977Crvena zvezda
1977–1979Joventut Badalona
1982–1983Indesit Caserta
As coach:
1986–1988Caja de Ronda Málaga
1988–1991Crvena zvezda
1994–1995Crvena zvezda
1995–1996Joventut Badalona
1996–1997Iraklis Thessaloniki
2001TSK uniVersa Bamberg
Career highlights and awards
As player:
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
Men's Basketball
Representing  Yugoslavia
Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow
FIBA World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1974 Puerto rico
Gold medal – first place 1978 Philippines
Gold medal – first place 1973 Spain
Gold medal – first place 1975 Yugoslavia
Gold medal – first place 1977 Belgium
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Italy
European U-18 Championship
Silver medal – second place 1968 Spain Under-18

With Crvena zvezda, he won two Yugoslav National Championships, three Yugoslav National Cups, and one FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup. He also won the Spanish League championship with Joventut Badalona. During his basketball career, he played for Crvena zvezda (1967–1977), Joventut Badalona (1977–1979), Šibenka (1979–1981), and Partizan (1981–1982). His head coaches were Ranko Žeravica, Zdravko Kubat, and Mirko Novosel.

Slavnić was one of the rare players who won everything he could in a career with his national team: 3 EuroBaskets (1973, 1975, 1977), the FIBA World Cup (1978), and Summer Olympics gold (1980).

Professional playing career edit

Club career edit

Slavnic's biggest successes were achieved in a Red Star Belgrade jersey, as during the 1967–1977 period, he won two Yugoslavia League championships, three Yugoslavian Cups, and the FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup (later renamed FIBA Saporta Cup). Together with Dragan Kapičić, Duci Simonović, and Vladimir Cvetković, he was a member of one of greatest team in Red Star's history. While playing for Joventut, he helped the Spanish side to win the country's Spanish League championship in 1978, for the second time in the club's history. After that, he came back to Yugoslav basketball, playing for Sibenka, and after that, he played with Caserta in the Italian 2nd Division. He finished his playing career in that club, but after a short period in Red Star's biggest rivals, Partizan Belgrade. Together with legendary Yugoslav head coach, professor Aca Nikolić, he's the only person who both played and coached, Red Star and Partizan.

National team career edit

Slavnić played in 179 games with the senior Yugoslavian national team, and scored 1,465 points. He's one of the rare players with gold medals from the Summer Olympic Games, the FIBA World Cup, and the FIBA EuroBasket. He won three EuroBasket titles, 1973 in Barcelona, 1975 in Belgrade, and 1977 in Liege. He won the gold at the FIBA World Cup, in Manila in 1978, and Olympic gold, in Moscow in 1980.

Coaching career edit

Clubs edit

Slavnić coached Šibenka, Partizan Belgrade, Jugoplastika, Malaga, Red Star Belgrade, Dafni, Joventut Badalona, Iraklis, Brose Baskets Bamberg, and Atlas.

Serbian national team edit

Unanimously, the executive board of the Serbian Basketball Federation, decided on 29 May 2007, that Slavnić should be the head coach of the first senior national team of Serbia; after the state union with Montenegro had ceased to exist.[1] After numerous "thanks, but no thanks" decisions of experienced players, who didn't want to participate at EuroBasket 2007, Slavnić selected Milan Gurović, Marko Jarić, Darko Miličić, and nine debutantes, who later became standard members of the senior Serbian national team. But, due to defeats to Russia, who went on to take the title, then Greece, who were the defending European champions, and won in overtime, and Israel, Serbia were eliminated in the first phase of the continental championship. The Serbian Basketball Federation decided on 26 September 2007, to look for a new head coach.

Miscellaneous edit

Together with his dribbling, Zoran Slavnić had three moves that were highlights of his career:

Personal life edit

In June 2022, Slavnić had a hip surgery.[2]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ B92 (2007-05-29). "Slavnić selektor, objavio spisak" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-09-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Moka Slavnić u bolnici: Ne osećam stopalo". b92.net. Retrieved 16 June 2022.

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