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Medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Silver 1976 Montreal Team
Gold 1980 Moscow Team
World Championship
Gold 1978 Philippines Yugoslavia
Bronze 1982 Colombia Yugoslavia
European Championships
Gold 1975 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Gold 1977 Belgium Yugoslavia
Bronze 1979 Italy Yugoslavia
Silver 1981 Czechoslovakia Yugoslavia

Mirza Delibašić (January 9, 1954 – December 8, 2001) was a Bosnian basketball player. He was a born in Tuzla, located in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia.

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Career

Mirza Delibašić "Kindje" led his club KK Bosna Sarajevo to the Euroleague Championship in 1979. After leaving KK Bosna, Delibašić went to Spain where he along with Juan Corbalán, Wayne Brabender, Fernando Martín Espina, Dražen Petrović, and Arvydas Sabonis, is considered to be one of the best players ever to play for the "royal club" Real Madrid.

En route to a place among the European greatest players, Mirza Delibašić has won everything there was to win with Yugoslavia including Olympic gold in 1980, European gold three times, World Championship gold in 1978, plus many titles in European club competitions.

In addition to having played together for their national team, Mirza Delibašić and Dražen Dalipagić have also played together for Real Madrid. Their performance in a 1981 Euroleague game vs. KK Cibona in Zagreb is only one of the many highlights of their careers.

Mirza Delibašić scored 33 and Dalipagić 30 points. The game appropriately finished with a two-on-one fastbreak with Delibašić making a behind-the-back fake pass to Dalipagić and passing by a defender for a two-handed dunk at the buzzer. Cibona fans put aside their team loss and showed their appreciation for Bosnian stars` performances with standing ovations at the end of the game.

Health problems

In August 1983 He suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and had to permanently retire from the sport he loved. He lived in Sarajevo throughout the 1992-1996 siege of the city. His final years were marked by persistent health problems due to his heavy drinking, which led to his death on December 8, 2001 in Sarajevo at the age of 47. Several thousand people attended his funeral in Sarajevo and KK Bosna renamed its arena in his honor.

Honors

In 2000, Mirza Delibašić was selected the sportsman of the 20th century in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A memorial basketball tournament is held every year in the Dvorana Mirza Delibašić. In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame.

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