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50 YEARS CELEBRATION IN BELGRADE, SERBIA
Remembering Partizan's title
The season-long celebration marking 50 Years of European Club Basketball made a special stop in Belgrade, Serbia on Wednesday, when some of the major contributors to 1992's European title team from Partizan were honored in pre-game ceremonies. On the court before a roaring capacity crowd at Hala Pionir to receive commemorative plaques were star former players, Aleksandar Djordjevic, whose game-winning shot in the final capped the team's remarkable season, and Predrag Danilovic, the leading scorer in that title game against Joventut Badalona in Istanbul. They were joined by their head coach at the time, Zeljko Obradovic, who was in town with his current Euroleague title team, Panathinaikos, to play Partizan. Also receiving a posthumous honor was legendary Serbian coach Aleksandar Nikolic, a mentor to Obradovic whose career has started in Partizan and continued with three Euroleague titles with Varese between 1970 and 1973. The late Mr. Nikolic's daughter, Mrs Drubravka Rakocevic, accepted his honor. The awards were given by FIBA World's president emeritus, Boris Stankovic, and by Dragan Kapicici, the current Serbian Basketball Federation president. The ceremonies marked another in a series of commemorative events organized by Euroleague Basketball and its clubs to recognize the achievements of basketball contributors from the world over to the first 50 Years of European Club Basketball.
1992 Final: Partizan - Joventut Badalona
1992 Coach Obradovic memories
50 Years Interview: Sasha Djordjevic
INTERVIEW: SASHA DJORDJEVIC
"It was a dream come true."
Even in the rich history of European club basketball, few shots stand out so memorably as Sasha Djordjevic's title-winning buzzer-beater that gave Partizan Belgrade it's only Euroleague trophy in 1992. His race downcourt to beat Joventut Badalona with a jump shot on the full run is seared in the mind of anyone who saw it - especially the fans of Partizan in Belgrade.
"As a kid, you try to direct it as a movie: 'Down by two with the ball, 4...3...2...1'; you shoot and it goes in. And it really happened. It was a dream come true...It kind of changed the whole history of the club, who had never won the Euroleague before. That's why it meant a lot."