In Memoriam: Dusan Duda Ivkovic died

The basketball world is in grief after the death of Duda Ivkovic / photo: EPA / ARMANDO BABANI

European and world basketball are wrapped in black today after the news arrived from Serbia that the great of Yugoslav, Serbian, European basketball, Dusan Duda Ivkovic, has died.

Ivkovic died early this morning in a hospital in Belgrade as a consequence of water in the lungs and herpes, and the news was not confirmed by the first man of Radnicki, Goran Kalinic.

- At 6.50 am Dusan died in a hospital in Belgrade as a result of water in his lungs, said Kalinic, who is the president of Radnicki, the home club of Dusan Ivkovic.

Dusan Ivkovic was born on October 29, 1943 and is considered one of the best and most successful European and world coaches. He triumphed three times with the Yugoslav national team at the European Championships - in Zagreb in 1989, in Rome in 1991 and in Athens in 1995.

He was also the coach of the Serbian national team from 2008 to 2013 and won a silver medal at the European Championship. He finished his coaching career in 2016.

As a basketball player, he played in the back position, and as a coach he led the teams of Partizan, Aris, Radnicki Belgrade, Sibenik, Vojvodina, PAOK, Panionios, Olympiakos, AEK, CSKA, Dinamo Moscow and Anadolu Efes.

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