CSKA announces departure of four-time champ Hines

Jun 03, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA announces departure of four-time champ Hines

The most-crowned Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion of the last decade, center Kyle Hines, is leaving CSKA Moscow after seven seasons and two continental titles they won together, the club announced on Wednesday. Hines, 33, was recently voted to the EuroLeague All-Decade Team for the 2010s, during which he claimed four EuroLeague titles in just nine seasons, as many as any other player in the competition this century. He raised his most recent EuroLeague trophies with CSKA in 2016 and 2019. He has twice been the choice of EuroLeague head coaches as the competition's Best Defender, in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Hines was only the second non-Russian team captain in the history of CSKA, for which he played 218 EuroLeague games. He helped the team reach every Final Four in that period, during which they won a total of 173 games, 14 more than the next-best EuroLeague team in that span. On the all-time EuroLeague charts, Hines ranks second in offensive rebounds (580), third in blocked shots (232), sixth in total rebounds (1,289) and 10th in PIR (3,090).

Hines is the only active player with four EuroLeague titles to his name, and one of just three players ever to capture two EuroLeague titles with different clubs. He started his professional career with second-division Prima Veroli of Italy and spent two seasons there before moving to Brose Bamberg of Germany, where he made his EuroLeague debut in 2010. Hines then spent two years with Olympiacos Piraeus as a key part of that team's back-to-back EuroLeague titles in 2012 and 2013. He has since played seven seasons for CSKA.