“The Lost Tapes”, powered by Stoiximan, return with EuroLeague, EuroBasket and World Cup champion Dimos Ntikoudis in another captivating interview with Vassilis Skountis about his rise to the biggest stage from the local championships in Greece, developing his game under the guidance of Dušan Ivković and Željko Obradović, the big game against USA in the 2006 FIBA World Cup, his admiration for Shaquille ‘O Neal, Kevin Garnett, Chris Webber and Kenyon Martin and all things basketball including the future of Greek basketball and his aim to actively help the next generation of basketball athletes as the newly appointed head of all National Teams for the Greek Basketball Federation!
Watch the full interview here:
Dikoudis started playing soccer at the age of 10 and later was involved in Taekwondo but after two years of martial arts he started playing basketball in his school team, winning the city championship and then joining his first club, Perseas of Larissa. He played there until the age 18, where he won four city and state championships as well as a national title, all while becoming a member of the all state team.
In 1995, Dikoudis signed his first professional contract with Olympia Larissa where he played for three seasons. He was the leading scorer and leading rebounder in the Greek 2nd Division in two seasons, and the MVP of the Greek 2nd Division in the last season, while a member of the Greek Under-21 national team at that time. In 1998, he signed with the top-tier level Greek League club AEK Athens where he played for five seasons, winning the FIBA Saporta Cup, the Greek League championship, and two Greek Cups. He was voted the Greek League Best Young Player for the 1999–00 season and the Greek League MVP for the 2001–02 season. In 2003, he decided to leave Greece, and he signed with the Spanish League club Valencia, playing for a year before moving to CSKA Moscow, where he won the Russian Championship and the Russian Cup (the first in the history of the club). With CSKA he also played at the Final Four of the EuroLeague, which was held at Moscow, and was won by Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2005, he returned to Valencia, and he played in the finals of the Spanish Cup while in the summer of 2006, he returned to Greece, and signed with Panathinaikos winning the Triple Crown in the 2006–07 season. In December 2008, he joined Panionios, becoming one of only two Greek players in history, along with Giannis Giannoulis, to compete in the EuroLeague with 4 different teams. In July 2009, he moved to Aris Thessaloniki before returning to AEK Athens and then finishing his career playing for PAOK B.C.
A longtime member of the Greek national basketball team, Dikoudis made his debut on November 24, 1999, against the Estonian National Team before playing at the 2001 EuroBasket at Turkey, the 2003 EuroBasket at Sweden and at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games of Athens. On September 25, 2005, he won the gold medal at the 2005 EuroBasket, with the Greek national team while on September 3rd 2006, he won the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
He is currently the head of all National Teams for the Greek Basketball Federation since 2021.
His many accolades include the following:
- 2× Eurobasket.com’s Greek 2nd Division Player of the Year: (1997, 1998)
- 2× Greek 2nd Division Top Rebounder: (1997, 1998)
- 2× Greek 2nd Division Top Scorer: (1997, 1998)
- Greek 2nd Division MVP: (1998)
- Greek League Best Young Player: (2000)
- 4× Greek Cup Winner: (2000, 2001, 2007, 2008)
- FIBA Saporta Cup Champion: (2000)
- 5× Greek League All-Star: (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008)
- EuroLeague MVP of the Round: 2001–02 Regular season Round 7
- 3× Greek League Champion: (2002, 2007, 2008)
- Greek League MVP: (2002)
- Greek League Finals MVP: (2002)
- Russian Cup Winner: (2005)
- Russian League Champion: (2005)
- EuroLeague Champion: (2007)
- Triple Crown Winner: (2007)
With the Greek National Team:
- 5× Acropolis Tournament Champion: (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)
- EuroBasket 2005: Gold
- 2006 Stanković Continental Champions’ Cup: Gold
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Silver
Stay tuned for more episodes of “The Lost Tapes” coming soon…!
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