Dusan Ivkovic has died

Dušan "Duda" Ivković (29 October 1943 - 16 September 2021) was a Serbian professional basketball player and coach. He served as head coach of the senior Serbian national basketball team from 2008 to 2013, and of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, from 1987 (Serbia and Montenegro competed as the FR Yugoslavia national team following the breakup of Yugoslavia) to 1995. He is also the current president of the Serbian club BKK Radnički.

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017. He was also named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend in 2017.

Playing career

Ivković played club basketball at the senior level, from 1958 to 1968, with the First Federal Basketball League club Radnički Belgrade.

Club coaching career

Ivković has coached twelve basketball clubs in his career. These were: Partizan, Aris, Radnički Belgrade, Šibenka, Vojvodina, PAOK, Panionios, Olympiacos, AEK, CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Anadolu Efes.

In 1997, he was named the best European professional basketball coach,[citation needed] after having coached several clubs to domestic championships and to the EuroLeague Final Four.

In 2014, he signed a two-year contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes, starting to coach from the 2014-15 season.

On July 1, 2016, Ivković officially retired from professional coaching.

National team coaching

Assistant stints with the junior national team
In 1976, thirty-two-year-old Ivković was brought in as assistant coach of the Yugoslav under-18 (junior) national team by its newly appointed head coach Luka Stančić. At the 1976 European Championship for Juniors in Santiago de Compostela, the team featuring youngsters Aco...

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