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Lazaros Papadopoulos
Λάζαρος Παπαδόπουλος
Nickname Lazos
Position Center
Height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Weight 280 lb (127 kg)
League Greek League
Born June 3, 1980 (1980-06-03) (age 29)
Krasnodar, USSR
Nationality Greek
Draft Undrafted
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams AO Stauroupolis (1992-96)
Iraklis (1996-01)
Panathinaikos (2001-03)
Iraklis (2003-04)
Dynamo Moscow (2004-07)
Real Madrid (2007-08)
Fortitudo Bologna (2008-09)
Awards All-Euroleague Second Team 2007

Lazaros Papadopoulos (Greek: Λάζαρος Παπαδόπουλος; born June 3, 1980 in Krasnodar, U.S.S.R), is a Greek professional basketball player. He is 6 ft 10 ¾ in (2.10 m) 280 lbs. and he plays at the center position.



Papadopoulos was born in Krasnodar, then-USSR, on June 3, 1980, as Lazar Popandopulo (Лазарь Попандопуло) in a family of Russian Greeks. In 1990, he came to Thessaloniki with his parents Theodore and Marina, and younger sister Agapi. He got married in August 2002, and has two daughters, Daphne and Nefeli.

Professional career

Papadopoulos began his professional career playing for the Greek club Iraklis in the 1996-97 season. After five years with Iraklis, he signed to play for the Greek League powerhouse Panathinaikos in 2001, and he stayed there until 2003. He then returned to Iraklis the following season, and stayed there for only one year, before next signing with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague in the year 2004. In 2007, he joined the Spanish ACB League club Real Madrid. In 2008, he joined Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian League.[1]

He won the Euroleague Championship during the Euroleague 2001-02 season, while he was with Panathinaikos, and also the ULEB Cup Championship while he was with Dynamo Moscow in the year 2006. In 2007, his performances with Dynamo Moscow during the Euroleague 2006-07 season, earned him a selection into the All-Euroleague Second team. He joined PAOK for the 2009-10 season and donated his salary to charity.

Greek national team

Olympic medal record
Competitor for Greece
Men's 2004 Olympics
FIBA European Championship
Gold 2005 Serbia & Montenegro Greece
FIBA World Championship
Silver 2006 Japan Greece

As a member of the junior Greek national team, Papadopoulos won the bronze medal at the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He also competed with the Greek junior team at the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. With the senior Greek National Basketball Team Papadopoulos won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 and he was voted the best center of the tournament.

With Greece, he also won the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Papadopulos was also a member of the Greek teams that competed at the EuroBasket 2001 and the EuroBasket 2007. He was also part of Greece's 2004 Olympic Basketball team.

Awards and accomplishments

Pro career

Greek national team


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