In another episode of “The Lost Tapes”, powered by Stoiximan, longtime captain of Panathinaikos B.C. and 5× EuroLeague champion Fragiskos Alvertis together with 2× EuroLeague champion Giorgos Kalaitzis sit down with Vassilis Skountis to discuss the dominance of Panathinaikos in European basketball at the beginning of the 21st century as well as plenty of stories about their interaction with some of the greatest players, coaches and executives of that era!
Watch the full interview here:
Widely regarded as one of the best sharp shooters in European basketball history, Fragiskos Alvertis sits at the top of the lis of “EuroLeague titles” in the modern era of European Basketball. As a member of the Greens, he won eleven Greek League championships, five EuroLeague Championships, eight Greek Cup titles, one FIBA Intercontinental Cup title, as well as the Greek League Three-Point Shootout Contest three years in a row (1996 I, 1996 II, 1997), while he shot 41.0 percent from three-point range throughout his EuroLeague career. On February 3rd, 2008, Alvertis was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors, over the previous half-century by the EuroLeague Basketball Experts Committee, in recognition of his major contribution to Panathinaikos’ rise on the European continental scene. He retired from playing professional club basketball, following the 2008–09 season, while at the beginning of the 2009–10 season, his number 4 jersey was retired by the club, the first Panathinaikos basketball shirt number that the club had ever retired. While his relative lack of athleticism and average all around skills did not allow him to create his own shot on a consistent basis, his exceptional shooting prowess, with a rare combination of height and mechanics, turned him into a very hard to defend mismatch on the perimeter. As a consequence, he converted at a quite efficient rate, in numerous clutch situations over the years. Alvertis was also an accomplished defender, that was often credited with effectively defending the opposing team’s shooting guard or small forward. Over the last five years of his career, he mainly played at the power forward position, due to his height and size, thus adjusting to the increased pace of the game in the new millennium. Finally and above all, Alvertis was a charismatic team leader, both on the court, and especially off the court. He always kept his teammates focused on the team’s success, and symbolized the very core of Panathinaikos’ winning culture. Former Panathinaikos’ Head Coach Željko Obradović has said that, “Alvertis is the best captain I ever had”, paying tribute to the team leadership skills of his star.
A member of the Greece men’s national basketball team, from 1995 to 2004, he made it to the FIBA World Championship semifinals in 1998 and to the EuroBasket semifinals, in 1995 and 1997.
Giorgos Kalaitzis meanwhile, played with the Greek Basket League club Panionios, the Italian LBA club Olimpia Milano, and the Greek Basket League clubs Panathinaikos, Aris, Panellinios, and Kolossos. His many accolades include the following
- 2× EuroLeague Champion: (2000, 2002)
- 8× Greek League Champion: (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
- 3× Greek Cup Winner: (2003, 2005, 2006) and
- 3× Greek League All-Star: (2001, 2003, 2004)
With Greece’s under-19 national team, Kalaitzis won the gold medal at the 1995 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, while as a member of the senior men’s Greek national team, he played at the 1997 EuroBasket, the 1998 FIBA World Championship, the 1999 EuroBasket, and the 2001 EuroBasket.
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