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Jiří Zídek Sr., the best Czech basketball player of the 20th century, died

Jiří Zídek Sr., a Czech basketball player and coach who holds the title of the Best Czech Basketball Player of the 20th Century, died after a long night. He is considered by many to be the best Czech basketball player ever. He was 78 years old. The Czech Basketball Federation (ČBF) informed about his death.

In 2019, Zídek senior was the first Czech to be inducted into the FIBA ​​Hall of Fame. He became famous in basketball circles under the nickname “Andrej”.

He played a total of 257 matches for the national team, including the 1972 Olympics in Munich, where he was the team’s top scorer. He also played at six European championships, with the Czechoslovak basketball team he won silver and bronze medals at the European Championships.

His son, Jiří Zídek Jr., is also a successful former basketball player.

“The Czech Basketball Federation expresses its sincere condolences to the family and thanks Andrej Zídek for everything he has done for Czechoslovak and Czech basketball. A real giant has left, who will forever remain one of the most important basketball personalities, “said ČBF.

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