Real Madrid adds former Euroleague champ Jaric

Dec 22, 2009 by Print
Ettore Messina, Marko Jaric together againReal Madrid gave its fans an early holiday present on Tuesday when it announced the signing of former Euroleague champion Marko Jaric for the remainder of the season, pending medical tests. Jaric will be reunited with head coach Ettore Messina at the end of a decade that they started by winning the 2001 Euroleague title together with Kinder Bologna. Jaric (201, 31) arrives from Memphis of the NBA, where he had not played this season. Last season, he took part in a total of 53 games for Memphis, averaging 2.5 points per night. Jaric started his career in Peristeri of the Greek League in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Italy to play with Teamsystem Bologna, where he won the 1999-2000 Italian League. After that, he switched teams in Basket City and joined Kinder under Messina. There, Jaric exploded at a continental level, helping guide Kinder to the Euroleague title in a best-of-five series against Tau Ceramica in 2001. That year, he and Kinder conquered the triple crown by adding the Italian League and the Italian Cup titles, too. The following season, Jaric was voted first-team All-Euroleague while Kinder reached the title game at the 2002 Bologna Final Four, but finished runner-up to to Panathinaikos. Jaric spent the next seven seasons in the NBA, the first three with the Los Angeles Clippers, the next three with Minnesota, and the last one in Memphis. His best individual season came in 2004-05 when he averaged 9.9 points and 6.1 assists over 50 games. For his NBA career, Jaric averaged 7.1 points and 3.6 assists over 447 appearances. With the Yugoslavian national team, Jaric also won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championships and the gold medal at Eurobasket 2001.