Nikos Stavropoulos

Greek basketball’s “Magic” began his career in 1975 with the Gymnastikos Club of Larissa, while he later on made a name for himself wearing the PAOK jersey (1983-1992). The amount of 10M drachmas (appr. 30,000 euro) that was spend in 1983 for his transfer to PAOK, was an insurmountable record for the time. He got to win the Greek Cup with PAOK (1984) and the Greek Championship (1992), as well as the European Cup Winners Cup (1991), he participated the European Cup Winners Cup final (1992).   He had been a key member of the National Mens’ team from 1979 through 1988, winning the 1987 golden medal in the Eurobasket held in Athens. He finished his career in 1993 playing for Iraklis Thessaloniki. He remains in history as the first player to score a three for the Greek league.

He made his first attempt at coaching next the basketball ‘guru’ Bobby Knight at the University of Indiana and he then worked with Panagiotis Giannakis for the Greek National Men’s team (1997-1998). He became the head coach of the Junior Greek National team (bronze medal at the 2000 and 2002 Eurobasket tournaments), with the U21 team (bronze medal at the 2003 World Championship) and the Mediterranean team (silver medal in 2001 in Tunisia), while he also worked for Olympia Larissa and PAOK, returning to the latter in the summer of 2009, this time as a Technical Director.

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