JR Holden - CSKA Moscow_30113
The case of Jon Robert Holden - born August 10, 1976 in Pittsburgh - is not the first nor the last to confirm a rule of life: it's not how you start, but how you finish. What's also true is that his pro career was unusual because of many things. His path to glory was neither fast nor easy. He had to go step by step, from third-level clubs to the elite; from countries with no basketball tradition to a world power in the sport, which he led to a new European crown after a long wait.
· Nikola Vujcic, triple-double man
· Mirsad Turkcan, the King of rebounds
· Fabricio Oberto, hard-working star
· Dejan Bodiroga: 'White Magic'
· Anthony Parker, a three-time Final Four champ
· Fragiskos Alvertis, the man with 25 titles
· Michael Young, a one-man team
· Josip Djerdja, a Bob Cousy clone
· Lou Silver, the man with the wrong name
· Johnny Rogers, a champion by any measure
· Alberto Herreros, a professional of the three-pointer
· Zoran Savic, the title collector
· Chicho Sibilio, the Dominican shooter
· Dino Radja, the legend of Split
· Sasha Djordjevic, "Alexander the Great"
· Toni Kukoc, the Pink Panther of basketball
· Nacho Solozabal, the brains of FC Barcelona
· Fernando Martín, a pioneer gone too soon
· Drazen Petrovic, an unfinished symphony
· Corny Thompson, a big man with the brains of a playmaker
· Juan Antonio Corbalan, a doctor among baskets
· Sasha Volkov, the symbol of Ukrainian basketball
· Joe Arlauckas, the "recordman"
· Ljubodrag-Duci Simonovic, the rebel genius
· 25 Years of Final Fours
· Mirza Delibasic, the last romantic
· Audie Norris, Barcelona's adopted son
· Partizan 1992, An utterly unique title
· Jure Zdovc, the Golden Slovenian
· Emiliano Rodrigues, the Great Captain
· Panagiotis Giannakis, the Greek dragon
· Zoran Slavnic, the first showman
· Bob Morse, the legend of Varese
· Gennady Volnov, Europe's winningest player
· Bob McAdoo, the NBA and European champ
· Ivo Daneu, the first great Slovenian
· Clifford Luyk, the first great naturalized player
· Drazen Dalipagic, the sky jumper
· An Oscar-worthy scorer
· Super Epi, a Spaniard with a Yugoslavian wrist
· Nikos Gallis, a scoring machine
· Miki Berkowitz, the man of the last basket
· Kresimir Cosic, a player ahead of his time
· Sergei Belov, officer and gentleman
· Marzorati, a Cantu legend
· The superstar with the unpronounceable name
· Dragan Kicanovic, the Cacak genius
· Memories of Giants
· The Obradovic secrets
· A home of first-time champions
· Real Madrid: The Return of a Giant
· 1992: Partizans miracle year
· Theodoros Papaloukas, Euroleague icon
· Dejan Tomasevic, the center with point guard passing
· Antoine Rigaudeau, Le Roi
· Saulius Stombergas, the man who made 9 of 9 triples
· Carlton Myers, the 87-point man
· Gregor Fucka, not your typical star
· Predrag Danilovic, simply a champ
· Larry Wright, the man with two rings
· Velimir Perasovic, the professional scorer
· David Rivers, the man of the final
· Mihovil Nakic, an octopus under the rims
· Tal Brody, Israeli basketball history
· Aldo Ossola, Von Karajan of Italian basketball
· Modestas Paulauskas, the first Lithuanian "King"
· Wayne Brabender, an atypical star
· Arvydas Sabonis, the Lithuanian tsar
· Vlade Divac, an icon without a ring
· Kevin Magee, a mythic figure lacking only titles
· Dominique Wilkins, An American From Paris
· Antonello Riva, the Italian bomber
· Zarko Paspalj, the man who changed the Greek League
· Sarunas Marciulionis, the Lithuanian machine
· Mike D'Antoni, the NBA's first "European" head coach
· Richard Dacoury, professional winner
· Jordi Villacampa, the 8 who was a perfect 10
· Jiri Zidek, A Czech legend
· Radivoj Korac, The legend that lives on
· April Madness
· Italy, then and now
· The Longest game
· The Drazen and Oscar show
· The Flying Mexican
· The Tracer miracle
· The role of the commissioner
· Senator between the hoops
· The first Greek powerhouse
· Hairdresser in the locker room
· The last "autobasket"
· Radivoj Koracs 99 points
· When Congo and Angola were Europe
· A Top 16 without Russians
· Roots of the Euroleague
· Pesic, the double champ
· Coaching rivalries through the years
· Belgian basketball: history repeats
· Cibona, a great one in trouble
· Swimming in the Danube
· Reaching back to the beginning
· Yugoslav coaching school
· The way we were...10 years ago today
· Fans, media choose decades best!
· All-Decade Interview: Dejan Bodiroga
· All-Decade Video: J.R. Holden
· All-Decade Podcast: Johnny Rogers