Serbian legend Dusan Ivkovic, who also coached Anadolu Efes in our country in the last period of his career as a head coach and achieved great success with many teams in Europe, passed away at the age of 77.
Dusan Ivkovic, one of the greatest legends of Serbian basketball, passed away this morning in his country Serbia. The 77-year-old basketball legend, who previously coached Anadolu Efes, died in a hospital in Belgrade in the morning. According to the statement made by the Serbian press to Sport Klub, Dusan Ivkovic died as a result of the accumulation of water in his lungs.
Dusan Ivkovic, who last coached Anadolu Efes between 2014-16 and retired on July 1, 2016, was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017 and was honored as a EuroLeague Basketball Legend in the same year.
Ivkovic, who played only for Radnicki as a player between 1958-68, started his coaching career in Radnicki’s youth team. Later, he coached important teams in Europe such as Partizan, Aris, Radnicki, Sibenka, Vojvodina, PAOK, Panionios, Olympiacos, AEK, CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Moscow, Olympiacos and Anadolu Efes.
Dusan Ivkovic, who also served in Yugoslavia and the Serbian National Team after the separation; As the head coach, he led his team to victory in the 1989, 1991, 1995 European Basketball Championships, and in 1990 he had a victory in the FIBA World Basketball Championship. He also won a silver medal for Serbia at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Ivkovic, who won two EuroLeague titles with Olympiacos in his career; He won the Saporta Cup with AEK in 2000, the Korac Cup with Partizan in 1979, and the ULEB Cup with Dinamo Moscow in 2006.
Ivkovic, who managed to win the EuroLeague Coach of the Year Award at the beginning of Olympiacos, which he carried to the EuroLeague championship for the second time in 2012, won the Turkish Cup and President’s Cup championships with Anadolu Efes in the Turkish term.