All basketball aficionados cherish the unforgettable moments that have shaped the history of the sport. Two of the most legendary tournaments that hold a special place in the hearts of Greek basketball enthusiasts are the 1990 Mundobasket in Argentina and the 1994 edition in Canada. In an exclusive interview at Trace ‘n Chase, Nasos Galakteros and Kostas Patavoukas had the privilege of sitting down with Vassilis Skountis to reminisce about their experiences and ups and downs during these iconic tournaments and much more as members of the Greek National Basketball Team and teammates at AEK B.C of Athens.
Watch the full interview here:
Kostas Patavoukas started his playing career as a youth member with Asteras Exarhion, and he later played professionally for the Greek Basket League club AEK B.C. of Athens. With AEK, he was a 2 time Greek Cup finalist, in 1988 and 1992 before moving to Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos where he won the EuroLeague in 1996 and 2 Greek League championships, in 1998 and 1999, spending the 1996-97 season with Italian League club Virtus Bologna where he also claimed the Italian Basketball Cup. Patavoukas was a member of the senior men’s Greek national basketball team and played at the following tournaments: the 1989 EuroBasket, the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 1991 EuroBasket, the 1992 European Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the 1993 EuroBasket, the 1994 FIBA World Championship, the 1995 EuroBasket, the 1996 Summer Olympics, and the 1997 EuroBasket. In 1989, he was a silver medalist at the EuroBasket 1989, in Yugoslavia. In total, he appeared in 162 games with Greece’s senior national team, scoring 873 points and averaging 5.4 per game.
Nasos Galakteros meanwhile, joined Amyntas B.C. at the age of 13, before joining AEK B.C. He was a Greek Cup finalist in 1992 before transferring to PAOK B.C. where he won the FIBA Korać Cup in 1994, and the Greek Cup in 1995. In the next season, Galakteros moved on to Olympiacos B.C. where he won 2 Greek League championships (1996, 1997), 1 Greek Cup (1997), and the EuroLeague (1997). The best season of his career was the 1996–97 one, when he won the Triple Crown. In 1998, Galakteros also won the Greek Cup, while playing for Aris B.C. A longtime member of the senior Greek national basketball team, he played at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, where Greece finished in 6th place, and at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, where Greece finished in 4th place. In total, he appeared in 74 games with Greece’s senior national team, averaging 10.5 points per game.
Stay tuned for more episodes of “The Lost Tapes – Mundobasket Edition” coming soon…!
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