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Jon Robert "J.R." Holden (born August 10, 1976)
(in Russian: Джон Ро́берт Хо́лден) is an American-born,
professional basketball player. The russian spelling of
his name is romanized as Dzhon-Robert Kholden. He played NCAA Division I college
basketball at Bucknell University from 1994-98.
He has also been a member of the senior Russian national basketball team. He
currently plays with CSKA Moscow of the Russian Superleague A.
Holden was born in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. After graduation from Bucknell, he received a call from
the basketball club ASK/Brocēni/LMT, located in Riga, Latvia, offering him $3,000 net income a month to
join their team. He accepted and began a long and very successful
career in European
Holden has played for teams in: the Latvian League (ASK/Brocēni/LMT 1998-99), the Belgian League (Telindus Oostende 1999-01), the Greek A1 League (AEK
Athens 2001-02) and the Russian Superleague A (CSKA Moscow
2002-present). He has
won national championships in each country. He was named the 2003
Russian Superleague A Player of the Year. He earned an Import
Players Honorable Mention in the 2002 Eurobasket All-Europe
Rankings.  Holden
has won the Euroleague
2005-06 and the Euroleague
2007-08 season championships with CSKA.
Holden started for CSKA Moscow against the Philadelphia
76ers in an exhibition game in October 2006 in Cologne, Germany as part of the EA Sports NBA Europe Live 2006 promotional
Coincidentally, Holden played college basketball in the state of
where the 76ers are based.
Holden's biggest achievement came in the 2007 FIBA European Championship
(EuroBasket) final game against Spain, where he scored
the winning shot that gave Russia the
championship. He scored the final winning basket with 2 seconds
left in the game. He was also named to the Russian squad for the
2008 Beijing Olympics Olympics Basketball
On October 20, 2003, Holden became a Russian citizen by decree of President Vladimir Putin. This move was brought
about by new Russian Basketball Federation regulations restricting
the number of foreigners, and specifically Americans allowable on
Russian League teams. In response to the move, CSKA Basketball CEO
Sergei Kushchenko hatched the idea of Holden acquiring citizenship.
Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov and the
Russian State Sports Committee both wrote letters in support of the
decree. Holden currently maintains dual American and Russian