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Damir Markota
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Nickname Šveđo
Position Power forward/small forward
Height 6 ft 10.25 in (2.09 m)
Weight 260 lb (120 kg)
League ACB
Team Iurbentia Bilbao
Born December 26, 1985 (1985-12-26) (age 24)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian /Swedish
Draft 2nd round, 59th overall, 2006
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams KK Zabok (2001-2002)
Sanac Karlovac (2002-2003)
Cibona Zagreb (2003-2006, 2008)
Milwaukee Bucks (2006-2007)
Tulsa 66ers (2007)
Spartak St. Petersburg (2007-2008)
Zalgiris Kaunas (2008)
ViveMenorca (2008-09)

Damir Markota Omerhodžić, known as Šveđo (born December 26, 1985, in Sarajevo), is a Croatian/Swedish professional basketball player at the forward position. He is 2.09 m (6 ft 10 ¼) tall and 118 kg (260 lbs.) in weight[1]. His style of play has been compared to that of Vladimir Radmanović.[2] He is currently with Iurbentia Bilbao, in the Spanish first division.

Basketball career

Markota, born in the former Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Yugoslavia, escaped from Bosnia during the war and settled in Sweden, where he began to practice basketball. He played together with Maciej Lampe in Stockholm, until moving to Croatia when he was fourteen, after being invited to play in the Croatian league. Markota signed with KK Cibona, but was loaned to Zabok and Karlovac Šanac until the end of 2002-03. Subsequently, he received Croatian citizenship (holding Swedish as well), declining an offer to play for the Swedish national basketball team.

Markota was known as a party animal with a bad attitude when he entered the 2004 NBA Draft, but later withdrew his name from consideration. In the next two years, he worked hard to repair his image, which resulted in an invitation to the Croatian national team. In addition to that, he changed his last name to “Markota” (his mother’s maiden name) in 2004.

He was eventually chosen by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, 59th overall, then immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the summer of 2006, the Bucks signed Markota to a multi-year contract after the Spurs traded his draft rights for the higher of the Bucks’ two 2007 NBA Draft second-round picks.

In February 2007, the Bucks assigned Markota to Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, in order to further improve his play.[3]

On September 7, Markota was waived by the Bucks,[4] and signed with Russian team Spartak St. Petersburg on a two-year contract two days later.[5] However, in early 2008, he switched to Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas.[6]

On August 14, 2008, Markota was signed by Cibona, returning to the team he represented as a youngster[7] but, after a series of unsatisfying performances upon recovering form knee injury, he was suspended for clashing with the coach.[8]

On October 28, 2008 ViveMenorca, of the Spanish ACB, announced the signing of Markota.[9][10] In January 2009, he joined Iurbentia Bilbao.[11]

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