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 he became a FIBA Hall of Fame player in 2013.
|Born||26 October 1949|
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Listed weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|NBA draft||1971 / Undrafted|
|1986–1988||Caja de Ronda Málaga|
|2001||TSK uniVersa Bamberg|
|Career highlights and awards|
|FIBA Hall of Fame as player|
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.
Professional playing careerEdit
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 careerEdit
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.
Serbian national teamEdit
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. 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.
Together with his dribbling, Zoran Slavnić had three moves that were highlights of his career:
- 1975 - He scored over his own head against Spain, at the 1975 EuroBasket, in Belgrade,
- 1976 - He scored one second before the end of regulation against Italy, and won the game that sent Yugoslavia to the semifinals of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, in Montreal.
- 1977 - He passed the ball like volleyball players do, to Dragan Kićanović, while playing against the Soviet Union, in the finals of the 1977 EuroBasket, in Liege.
- The Spaniards called him, "The Eccentric Genius", due to his original style of play. His personal motto during his playing days was, "This is all just a game."
- 1991 - FIBA announced that Slavnić was among the 50 Greatest Players in FIBA History.
- 2007 - Serbian authorities announced that Slavnić was among those who would receive "national sports recognition for his contribution to the development and affirmation of sport."
- 2013 - FIBA made Slavnić a FIBA Hall of Fame player. Although he was inducted as a player, his career as a head coach was also considered, having trained numerous young players that later went on to become stars, such as Dražen Petrović, Saša Đorđević, Saša Obradović, Toni Kukoč, and Dino Rađa.
Slavnić's son is Zvezdan Slavnić.