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Bo?idar Maljkovi?
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Maljkovi? coaching Slovenia at EuroBasket in September 2011.
Personal information
Born (1952-04-20) 20 April 1952 (age 66)
Oto?ac, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Coaching career 1971-2013
Career history
As coach:
1971-1977 Ue Belgrade
1977-1979 Crvena zvezda (youth)
1979-1980 Radni?ki Belgrade (assistant)
1980-1982 Radni?ki Belgrade
1982 KK Lifam Stara Pazova
1983-1986 Crvena zvezda (assistant)
1986-1990 Jugoplastika
1990-1991 FC Barcelona
1992-1995 Limoges
1995-1997 Panathinaikos
1997-1998 PSG Racing
1998-2003 Unicaja
2004-2006 Real Madrid
2007 TAU Cerámica
2011-2013 Slovenia
2011-2012 Lokomotiv Kuban
2012 Cedevita
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

Bo?idar "Bo?a" Maljkovi? (Serbian Cyrillic: ? "?" ; born 20 April 1952) is a Serbian former professional basketball coach and current president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia.

He is one of the most successful basketball coaches in Europe, having won league titles with practically all the clubs he trained; including four EuroLeague titles with three clubs (Jugoplastika, Limoges, and Panathinaikos). In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors.

His daughter Marina is a Serbian professional basketball coach, currently coaching Galatasaray.

Early life

Born in Oto?ac within the region of Lika, Maljkovi?'s family moved to Kraljevo when he was eight and in that time he set a record for crossing a road distance from Kraljevo to Vrnjacka Banja in less than 30 minutes with some old rusty bike.[1]

He took up basketball at the age of 12, playing the shooting guard position at KK Sloga. Assessing his own playing skills, Maljkovi? later said: "I had a decent shot, but no defensive skills. As a coach I would never pick Maljkovi? the player in any serious team".[2]

Coaching career

Having ended his playing career prematurely at only 19 years of age, Maljkovi? immediately began coaching at KK Ue, newly established basketball outfit from the eponymous Belgrade neighbourhood. Maljkovi? is among the four people who founded the fledgeling club in 1971 on the initiative of local communist authorities from the New Belgrade municipality. Reportedly, the catalyst to set up a new, community-based basketball activity was a gruesome murder in the Ue neighbourhood that saw a father murdered his own son; the shock throughout the community prompted the local authorities into establishing a basketball club in order to provide the neighbourhood youngsters with a creative outlet. The murder came on the heels of general increase in criminality in the 12,000-resident Ue local community that mostly consisted of recently arrived families of the Yugoslav People's Army officers and personnel from all over SFR Yugoslavia; this local spike in crime only sped up the process of establishing a basketball club as means of channeling the energy of the local youth into something positive.[2]

Maljkovi?, himself a young man, began coaching the club in 1971. In parallel to coaching basketball, Maljkovi? enrolled at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Law though he never graduated. Working in extremely modest circumstances without regular access to a gym and with mostly outdoor practices in Ue park, the club still managed to gain multiple promotions and jump several ranks of competition.

In 1977, Maljkovi? took a coaching offer from the Crvena zvezda youth system, becoming head coach of the club's junior team.

Radni?ki Belgrade

In 1979, noticing Maljkovi?'s dedication and enthusiasm both at Ue and Red Star, established head coach Bata ?or?evi? invited the 27-year-old across town to be his assistant at Radni?ki Belgrade, another Belgrade club that much like KK Ue started out as a community-based operation in the city neighbourhood of Crveni Krst. Seeing Radni?ki had been playing in the First Federal League (top tier on the Yugoslav basketball pyramid), Maljkovi? jumped at the opportunity. The club was also only six years removed from its biggest success -- 1973 national league title. In the years following their domestic title, they additionally put together memorable European campaigns, reaching the 1973-74 FIBA European Champions Cup semifinal as well as 1976-77 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup final. Despite being in constant shadow of the city giants Crvena zvezda and Partizan, Radni?ki nevertheless managed to carve out a place for itself on the Yugoslav basketball map, establishing an identity of a scrappy small club regularly punching above its weight.

1979-80 season: assistant to Bata ?or?evi?

In Maljkovi?'s first season at Radni?ki as ?or?evi?'s assistant, the club finished with a 9-13 record, placing 10th in the 12-team league thus barely avoiding relegation. It also experienced major budgetary problems with its main financial backers, state-owned iron foundry factory Fabrika odlivaka Beograd (FOB), cutting their sponsorship. At one point Maljkovi?, who temporarily quit his law studies, said he did not receive a salary for five months.[3]

1980-81 season: first top-level head coaching experience

Continual financial struggles at the club affected it in various ways, including the departure of head coach ?or?evi? during summer 1980. Young Maljkovi? became his replacement, admitting to getting the position "not because I was somehow the best fit to lead this particular team, but simply because nobody else wanted the job".[4] Playing their home games at Hala sportova, 28-year-old Maljkovi?'s debut season as head coach in the First League brought no improvement for the club that finished with identical 9-13 record, good for 9th place this time. Maljkovi?'s Radni?ki, however, directly influenced the title race by beating Cibona late in the season (handing Cibona only its third loss that season) thus enabling their Hala co-tenants Partizan to take the championship by catching up to Cibona's 19-3 record and overtaking it at the top of the table due to better head-to-head record (this was before the playoff system was introduced in the league).

1981-82 season

Maljkovi? stayed for the 1981-82 season as well, leading Radni?ki one more time to its now customary 9-13 record. At the end of the season, the club saw another big exodus of its players and staff, including Maljkovi?, due to more sponsors backing out.

Summing up his time with Radni?ki, in 2013 Maljkovi? expressed "certain sadness all these years later due to feeling I could've done more with that team, something like what I managed with Jugoplastika later, but on a smaller scale, because we had a very talented group of young players along with some older ones".[5]

Six months in Stara Pazova

After Radni?ki, during summer 1982 Maljkovi? took a head coaching offer from KK Lifam, a club from Stara Pazova playing in the Yugoslav First B League, the country's second-tier competition.

He remained living in Belgrade and would drive out to Stara Pazova every morning for practices.

Ranko ?eravica's assistant at Crvena zvezda

With a bit of a coaching CV now behind him, Maljkovi? was approached in early 1983 by Crvena zvezda about joining their coaching staff as assistant to legendary coach Ranko ?eravica in addition to an offer of simultaneously leading the club's youth system. He took the job largely due to ?eravica's clout and authority in Yugoslav basketball despite advice from some colleagues who felt that taking an assistant job after being a head coach in the First League was a step backwards career-wise.


Maljkovi?'s big head coaching break would come at Jugoplastika, where he arrived in early summer 1986 on recommendation from Yugoslav basketball's universally revered elder statesman Aca Nikoli? who, having just recently retired from active coaching, took on an advisory role with the Split club. The young assistant coach was not the club's first choice as they initially wanted Vlade ?urovi?,[6] the hottest coaching commodity in Yugoslav basketball at the time having just led Zadar to the league championship. In demand ?urovi?, however, turned down the head coaching offer from Split, choosing the one from Crvena zvezda instead so after unsuccessfully courting a few more candidates Jugoplastika eventually turned to Maljkovi? who gladly accepted.

The appointment of a young and unproven head coach was not without critics at Split, including some within the club such as 19-year-old center Dino Ra?a who openly talked to the press about his displeasure with the hiring of Maljkovi? who in the young player's opinion "lacked head coaching experience".[7] And it wasn't just Ra?a questioning Maljkovi?'s coaching credentials because the quiet consensus around Split at the time was that Jugoplastika is a potent squad loaded with young talent and as such needs an experienced coach to provide leadership, not someone still learning his craft.

Jugoplastika ended the just completed 1985-86 league season in 6th spot (outside of the top four required to make the playoffs) following a turbulent campaign that started with Slavko Trnini? as head coach, before he got the sack due to poor results early on and got replaced with Zoran Slavni?. Freewheeling Slavni? initiated a squad overhaul by bringing younger players into the first team (including great 17-year-old prospect - small forward Toni Kuko? who was equally adept at playing any other position) and giving them greater freedom on the court. This resulted in Jugoplastika ending the season with a 12-10 record that tied it with ?ibenka and Partizan, however due to worse head-to-head record against the two teams it ended in 6th spot and out of the playoffs, still good for a Kora? Cup berth next season. Despite clear improvement since his arrival Slavni? still left at the end of the season.

1986-87: building a future champion

My toughest game in my four years at Jugoplastika was without any doubt the very first time we faced Partizan. It was in Split versus their strong, powerful, and extremely talented side. I remember their club president Dragan Ki?anovi? walking by my bench before the game, telling me provocatively: 'What's the matter, shitting your pants?' And I wasn't ashamed to admit to him that I was in fact very afraid. It was essential that we show we can play a team like that because we were still an unproven quantity. At halftime we had -6, and I remember going to the locker room paralyzed with fear, thinking: 'Maybe this is it for me and for this team. Maybe the more financially powerful clubs like Cibona (who were reigning Euro champs and in the middle of this great domestic winning run) will pillage half of my squad and lure Kuko? and Ra?a away'. So, yes, that game was the toughest. In comparison, all the other ones, including the Euroleague final fours, were easy stuff.[8]

Bo?a Maljkovi?

The young 34-year-old coach Maljkovi? thus took over a young squad with supremely talented Kuko? and Ra?a as its biggest assets. Other prominent players on the team included 20-year-old shooting guard Velimir Perasovi? and 22-year-old center Goran Sobin. Several older players such as Ivica Dukan left the club that summer. Maljkovi?'s only summer acquisition of note was the 22-year-old point guard Zoran Sretenovi? from Crvena zvezda where he wasn't getting much of a chance to play as backup to established national team player Zoran Radovi?; Maljkovi? knew the player and his situation at Red Star well, having spent a year coaching him there. Liking Sretenovi?'s character qualities and believing in his basketball skills, Maljkovi? decided to give him a chance by bringing him in to be the team's primary play maker, envisioning his role at Jugoplastika as main distributor on offense for Kuko? and Ra?a. Maljkovi?'s decision to get Sretenovi? was second-guessed among the club's management who simply didn't know the player and were hoping for an established name.[7]

Under the tutelage of 62-year-old professor Nikoli? who had finished his coaching career and now acted as a coaching consultant, Maljkovi? set about molding the obvious raw basketball talent this young squad possessed. In interviews with the local press, he identified lack of recognizable playing structure as the problem he wants the team to overcome. To that end, in stark contrast to his predecessor Slavni?, Maljkovi? insisted on strict discipline as well as frequent and exhausting training sessions, believing the sheer quantity of work put in will eventually yield results for Jugoplastika[9] against its formidable Yugoslav League rivals such as reigning European champion Cibona led by 22-year-old Dra?en Petrovi?, reigning league champion Zadar, young and up-and-coming Parizan, and experienced Crvena zvezda. Maljkovi?'s first season in charge already provided some encouraging signs as Jugoplastika finished the league regular season with a 15-7 record, which was enough for the 3rd spot (behind 22-0 Cibona and 18-4 Partizan) and a playoff berth.

The season in Europe was not as promising. Drawn in a round robin group with Olympique Antibes, Divarese Varese, and FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika managed only two wins in its six games, finishing last and getting eliminated from the 1986-87 FIBA Kora? Cup at the very first hurdle.

Back in the Yugoslav league, in the playoff semifinal best-of-3 series Jugoplastika lost 2-1 to Du?ko Vujo?evi?-coached Partizan led by youngsters Sa?a ?or?evi?, Vlade Divac, and ?arko Paspalj. In many ways the two teams mirrored one another - they both had young head coaches who both took over their respective teams in the summer of 1986 while both teams also had a variety of young talent on their respective rosters. Maljkovi? and his Jugoplastika lost this battle to Vujo?evi?'s Partizan, but it would prove to be only the first of many in the years to come.

1987-88: Yugoslav League champions

During the summer 1987 off-season, Maljkovi? identified a need for more experience on the roster in order to make a deeper playoff run. He thus brought in Du?ko Ivanovi?, experienced small forward from Budu?nost who was about to turn 30. Young Jugoplastika starlets Kuko? and Ra?a were selected by the Yugoslav national team head coach Kre?imir ?osi? for EuroBasket 1987 where the team took bronze after losing to Greece in the semis. Later that summer the two were picked again for national team duty, this time by the under-19 national team coach Svetislav Pe?i? for the Under-19 World Cup in Bormio. Yugoslav youth team steamrolled over the competition, including the USA team, with Kuko? dropping 11 three-pointers on them from 12 attempts.

Coming back to Split for the club season start in the fall, team leaders Kuko? and Ra?a were brimming with confidence and fitness. Jugoplastika started off the season tremendously, piling up wins in the Yugoslav League. Simultaneously, in Kora? Cup, they easily made it to the quarterfinal group featuring CAI Zaragoza, Hapoel Tel Aviv, and Arexons Cantù, but lost all three of its away games for the 3-3 group record that wasn't good enough to progress to the semifinals. Back on the domestic league front, Jugosplastika continued its great run to finish the regular season 21-1.

1988-89: Euroleague champions, Yugoslav League title repeat

During summer 1988, Maljkovi? brought in 20-year-old Luka Pavi?evi? from Cibona.

1989-90 treble: Euroleague repeat, Yugoslav League three-peat, and Yugoslav Cup

During the summer 1989 off-season, Maljkovi? and club general-manager Josip Bili? faced a crisis over Ra?a's status after the young center got drafted by Boston Celtics in late June. Under contract with Jugoplastika until 1992, the 22-year-old expressed willingness to join Boston right away "if the financial offer is good", but the Split club was adamant they would not release him.[10] Maljkovi? even publicly called on Yugoslav Basketball Association (KSJ) to adopt safeguard policies, preventing players younger than 26 from transferring to NBA teams.[11] After weeks of wrangling over his status, Ra?a tried to force Jugoplastika's hand by acting unilaterally -- flying over to the U.S. and signing a one-year contract with the Celtics, reportedly in the neighbourhood of $500,000.[12] However, seeing the situation as a clear case of contract poaching by Boston and its GM Jan Volk, the Split club wouldn't give up the legal fight. They took the case to US courts that ruled in their favour in late September, prohibiting Ra?a from playing for the Celtics[13] thus forcing him to work out some kind of an agreement with Jugoplastika. In the middle of the Ra?a saga, not knowing its outcome, Maljkovi? did some contingency planning by bringing in 22-year-old Zoran Savi? from ?elik Zenica who could play both the center and power forward positions. He also brought in point guard Petar Naumoski and power forward Aramis Nagli?.

Starting the new season, as the reigning European champion, Maljkovi?'s team got invited to participate at the McDonald's Open in Rome in late October 1989. Before the tournament, Maljkovi? got presented with the European Coach of the Year award. The friendly tournament was also Maljkovi?'s first chance to coach against an NBA team as his Jugoplastika put in a great effort against Doug Moe's Denver Nuggets featuring small forward Alex English, guard Fat Lever, and veteran Walter Davis, losing 129-135 in a run-and-gun contest.

FC Barcelona

After four spectacular seasons at Split, Maljkovi? became one of the most sought-after coaches in Europe. He accepted FC Barcelona's offer, taking over in summer 1990. With four consecutive Spanish League titles behind them, Barça were looking for European success that continually eluded it. In fact, it was Maljkovi?'s Jugoplastika that knocked Barça consecutively out of two previous Final Fours (1989 semifinal and 1990 final). With Maljkovi?'s arrival, the previous head coach Aíto García moved to an administrative role, becoming the club's new general manager.

The relationship between new head coach Maljkovi? and new general manager Aíto was fraught from the very beginning. Barça ended up with a fairly thin roster consisting of a few experienced players such as Audie Norris, Piculín Ortiz, Steve Trumbo, Nacho Solozábal, and Epi as well as a slew of youngsters like José Luis Galilea, Roger Esteller, Ángel Almeida, and Lisard González, most of them called up from the club's youth system. Maljkovi? also got a club-assigned assistant Manolo Flores.

Maljkovi?'s team did well to make the Euroleague final four, however they fell at the very last hurdle, losing to his former team Pop 84. Later that season they failed to win the domestic league as well while Spanish King's Cup came as bit of a consolation.

In a 2015 interview, talking about his 1990-91 season at Barça, Maljkovi? discussed the tension within the club's front office:

Maljkovi? started the 1991-92 season at Barcelona, but on 22 November 1991, fourteen games into the league season, he decided to resign.

Limoges CSP

Maljkovi? wouldn't be without a head coaching job for long as barely just over a month later in January 1992, he took over Limoges mid-season. Led on the court by 32-year-old veteran Richard Dacoury, the team made the league playoffs final versus Pau-Orthez, but lost the best-of-three series 0-2 despite having the home court advantage.

The summer 1992 the arrival of 31-year-old veteran Michael Young as well as established Slovenian point guard Jure Zdovc from Knorr Bologna and power forward Jim Bilba set the club on an improbable run. Playing suffocating defense with low-scoring games, Maljkovi?'s Limoges ended up winning the French League and the EuroLeague title. Drawn in a tough EuroLeague round robin group with Du?an Ivkovi?-coached Greek champions PAOK featuring fresh NBA arrival Cliff Levingston as well as holdovers Panagiotis Fasoulas, Ken Barlow, and Bane Prelevi?, Ettore Messina's eager-for-Euro-success Knorr Bologna led by freshly-arrived rising star Sa?ha Danilovi?, EuroLeague runners-up Joventut Marbella led by the Jofresa brothers (Rafa and Tomás) and Jordi Villacampa, Maccabi Electra with veterans Doron Jamchi and David Ancrum, Scavolini Pesaro featuring emerging star Carlton Myers and veteran Walter Magnifico, few gave modest-looking Limoges roster much of a chance. Throughout the season, they produced unbalanced scoring with Young usually getting more than 30 points per game along with a handful of others contributing with less than 5 points. Maljkovi? received some flak for this playing style; Petar Skansi, the head coach of Benetton Treviso called him out for "playing anti-basketball" after their EuroLeague final in April 1993.


In summer 1995, Maljkovi? took the offer from Greek giants Panathinaikos, a club bankrolled by the pharmaceutical riches of the Giannakopoulos brothers -- Pavlos and Thanasis -- who invested heavily in search of elusive EuroLeague and domestic league success. The club was coming off yet another season of disappointment as they finished second in the Greek League to bitter rivals Olympiacos, while the EuroLeague Final Four semifinal loss, again to Olympiacos, came as an even more bitter pill.

Maljkovi?'s work was thus very clearly cut out for him, nothing less than the EuroLeague or Greek League title, preferably both, would do. Taking over for head coach Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou, Maljkovi? found a squad led by holdovers Panagiotis Giannakis, Kostas Patavoukas, Nikos Oikonomou, Fragiskos Alvertis, Christos Myriounis, Miroslav Pecarski and Stojko Vrankovi?, while the squad leader ?arko Paspalj left along with coach Kioumourtzoglou, both victims of the trophy-less season. However, the roster was about to get a big boost as the Giannakopoulos brothers managed to bring in 35-year-old NBA legend Dominique Wilkins to Athens, signing him to a two-year contract worth US$7 million. The arrival of Wilkins created a lot of buzz around the club as 5,000 fans greeted him upon landing at the Athens airport in September 1995. The next day some 13,000 fans turned out for his first practice. In the coach's first season at the club, Maljkovi?'s Panathinaikos won the EuroLeague title, the club's first in its history.

Maljkovi? coached Panathinaikos in the 1996-97 season to an 18-8 regular season record, which was enough for the 3rd spot that qualified it for the playoffs. However, as the playoffs were about to start the coach was let go on 13 April 1997 and replaced with Michalis Kyritsis.

Paris and Spain

Maljkovi? then went to Paris SG, Unicaja, and Real Madrid.

After leaving Real Madrid, a lot of speculation appeared about his next coaching job. In an interview with Sportski ?urnal, he said that he had been offered the role of head coach of the Lithuanian League club ?algiris, but that he would only take the job in the summer, after the season had finished. He also said that he received several other offers, but refused to disclose which clubs they were from. Finally, on March 9, 2007, he was unveiled as the new head coach of TAU Cerámica, replacing Velimir Perasovi?, who abruptly stepped down in mid-season, due to health reasons. Coincidentally, Maljkovi? coached Perasovi? for four years at Jugoplastika.[15]

However, after a heavy 14-point loss in the 2007 EuroLeague Final Four to Panathinakos, Maljkovi? was criticized in the Spanish press, and a lot of speculation appeared about his future. During the off season, he and the club parted ways.

On 12 December 2010, he took over the senior Slovenian national basketball team.

Lokomotiv Kuban

In the summer of 2011, Maljkovi? also took over the Russian club Lokomotiv-Kuban. Although close to getting fired in November 2011, due to the club's position in the Russian League being way off expectations,[16][17] he was allowed to stay, leading the team to the final four of the VTB United League.

He left at the end of the season in May 2012.


On 1 July 2012, Maljkovi? was formally presented as new coach of Croatian vice-champions Cedevita from Zagreb.[18] On November 20, 2012 he resigned as head coach, stating that he no longer had a will or desire to coach the team.[19]

Individual awards

  • 2× Coach of the Year in Europe (1988-89, 1989-90)
  • 2× European Coach of the Year awarded by FIBA Basket Magazine (1993, 1996)
  • 3× Coach of the Year in Yugoslavia (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90)
  • Coach of the Year in France (1992-93, 1993-94)

Coaching style

Maljkovi? is known as a disciplinarian coach, stressing work ethic, holding grueling and frequent practice sessions. His coaching philosophy is based on defense, declaring in 1996, the year he won his second FIBA European Coach of the Year award: "What I considered to be good basketball was rejected by many people as lacking in spectacle, but I'm much happier and more likely to win 51-50 than to lose 128-124".[20] He also stresses repetition as the key ingredient during practices:

Maljkovi? cites Aca Nikoli? as the biggest professional influence and considers him "the best coach of all time, the best craftsman in our business".[22] Out of respect for his mentor, Maljkovi? campaigned in 2007 for the Belgrade Arena to be renamed "Professor Aleksandar Nikoli? Arena".[23] Although receiving public support from many influential individuals in Serbian basketball, the initiative was ultimately not implemented. Maljkovi? also holds Ranko ?eravica in high esteem, considering him to be "the Dositej Obradovi? of Serbian basketball, making us basketball-literate".[2]

On numerous occasions Maljkovi? has stated that Toni Kuko? is the best player he's ever had an opportunity to coach.[24] He also frequently praised Michael Young, Louis Bullock, and Audie Norris.

Upon taking over the young Jugoplastika team in 1986, Maljkovi? explicitly forbid his players from celebrating baskets during games. Maljkovi? said he didn't want his players "driving airplanes after three-pointers" citing reigning Euroleague champion and Yugoslav League rival KK Cibona's shooting guard Aco Petrovi? as a negative example in this regard. Instead, Maljkovi? said he wanted his players to be "exemplary young men that no father in Yugoslavia would regret giving away his daughter to".

During his time at Panathinaikos, Maljkovi? got a chance to coach former NBA star Dominique Wilkins as well as another prominent player from the NBA John Salley, brought in and given big contracts by the club's owner Pavlos Giannakopoulos. Maljkovi? refused to modify his disciplinarian coaching style when it came to big name players, treating them in the same stern and strict manner he treated others on the roster, all of which led to numerous run-ins with both Wilkins and Salley. Reporting on this, the New York Times described Maljkovi? as "likely to act less like Phil Jackson and more like Bobby Knight"[25] while Sports Illustrated referred to him as "an austere Serb who believes in my-way-or-Yugo discipline".[26]

His often stated distaste for the NBA is also well known. In 2009, Maljkovi? said:

Administrative career

In October 2009, Maljkovi? became a member of the KK Crvena zvezda managing board.[29]

Olympic Committee of Serbia

On May 9, 2017, Maljkovi? was elected as the president of Olympic Committee of Serbia (OKS). He succeeded Serbian former basketball player Vlade Divac.[30]

Personal life

Maljkovi? is the father of Marina Maljkovi? (born 1981), also a professional basketball coach.


In August 2011, during the EuroBasket 2011 preparations, Maljkovi? opened a public row with the Serbian Olympic Committee (OKS) president Vlade Divac, calling the former player a "fraudster and a liar" in Croatian sports daily newspaper Sportske novosti as a response to Divac's remark in Slovenian media that Slovenia would've been better off keeping Jure Zdovc as head coach instead of hiring Maljkovi?.[31][32] The coach expanded on his insults, adding: "Divac isn't even aware that I got the Slovenia job after Memi Be?irovi?, not after Zdovc. The journalist talking to Divac wasn't kind to him, ringing him up before noon. Considering Divac usually wakes up around 3pm, he was probably still delirious".[31] When told of Maljkovi?'s comments, Divac refused to be drawn into name calling through the media, refusing to say anything more on the subject.[33] However, Maljkovi? wasn't done, reacting to Divac's non-response with more insults and veiled accusations: "Divac crossed a line. Every so often he's got excesses like this one in the media. We're two different worlds. It's up to him now whether he wants to start in with me because I got an elaborate file showing what he's all about. I'd only like to add one more thing to my original statement. Divac is a huge fraudster and a huge liar".[34] The row even prompted 86-year-old Bora Stankovi?, the Serbian basketball's elder statesman, to register his displeasure publicly, scolding both sides.[35]

Six years later in August 2017, Maljkovi? returned to blasting Divac in the Serbian media. Now the Serbian Olympic Committee (OKS) president himself, a post in which he had just succeeded Divac a few months earlier, Maljkovi? accused his OKS predecessor of scuttling Sa?a ?or?evi?'s previous OKS presidency bid in 2008 by organizing "illegal elections within the OKS with the help of Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Da?i? whom Divac advised at the time".[36]

See also


  1. ^ Interview: Bo?a Maljkovi?;Playboy, April 2011
  2. ^ a b c Maljkovi? o nema?tini, k?erci, Kuko?u, devojkama... Archived 31 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.;Politika, October 2009
  3. ^ Maljkovi? interview;RTS, January 2013
  4. ^ Maljkovi? interview on YouTube;RTS, January 2013
  5. ^ Maljkovi? interview;RTS, January 2013
  6. ^ Maljkovi? at InfoSport on YouTube;TVBN, May 2013
  7. ^ a b Maljkovi?@Nedjeljom u 2 on YouTube
  8. ^ "Srpske sportske legende - Bo?idar Maljkovi?". RTS. January 2013.
  9. ^ Maljkovic@Nedjeljom u 2 on YouTube
  10. ^ Coach Denies Yugoslav Will Join Celtics : But Lakers' Pick Will Be Permitted to Play in NBA;Los Angeles Times, 29 June 1989
  11. ^ Calling for safeguards against NBA raids on its players, a...;Los Angeles Times, 30 June 1989
  12. ^ "Boston Celtics Sign Dino Radja". Los Angeles Times. 2 August 1989. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ U.S. Court Bars Yugoslav Star From Joining Celtics;Los Angeles Times, 26 September 1989
  14. ^ Maljkovi?@U obru?u;Arena Sport, 22 February 2015
  15. ^
  16. ^ Maljkovi? dobio otkaz;sportske,net, 11 November 2011
  17. ^ Slovenci tvrde da je Maljkovi? otpu?ten, Rusi demantuju;Blic, 11 November 2011
  18. ^ Rupnik, Borna. "Maljkovi?: "Hrvatska ko?arka mi je dala mnogo, a vjerujem i ja njoj"". Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^; 22 November 2012
  20. ^ OD SVAKOG TRENINGA PRAVIM FINALE Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.;NIN, 31 December 1996
  21. ^ Maljkovic@Srpske sportske legende;RTS, January 2013
  22. ^ Poslednji ?as sa Profesorom;Glas javnosti, 15 February 2000
  23. ^ Profesor Aleksandar Nikoli? je zaslu?io da 'Arena' nosi ime po njemu;Blic, 9 February 2007
  24. ^ Maljkovic@Nedjeljom u 2;HRT, 2009
  25. ^ Retirement Follows Pay Disputes With His Greek Team: Ex-NBA Star Salley Calls It Quits;The New York Times, 26 October 1996
  26. ^ No Longer La Dolce Vita;Sports Illustrated, 19 May 1997
  27. ^ Maljkovic@Nedjeljom u 2;HRT, 2009
  28. ^ Maljkovic@Nedjeljom u 2: Toni Kuko? najbolji je igra? kojeg sam trenirao;HRT, 2009
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