Created on 2014-10-21 at 11:00 AM
The list of legends who have taken to the court in the Audi Dome and its predecessor the Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle is long. This Thursday (23rd October, 20:45 CEST), European basketball royalty will take to the court when Bayern face Panathinaikos Athens in their first Euroleague home match of the campaign: Dimitris Diamantidis.
34 year old Diamantidis is one of the most successful players in Greek Basketball history, as are his team (34 Championship wins and a total of 56 titles since 1946). His stunning form also continues in the Euroleague, where he has been named Defender of the Year six times, picked up the most steals (389), picked up more assists than any other player and is closing on 1,000 points – he currently has 988 at an average of 4.4 per game.
“He’s a basketball genius – he is a perfect role model” said FC Bayern CEO Marko Pesic and added: “He is certainly one of the biggest names in the sport to have played in our arena.”
The pair go a long way back. Pesic used to play alongside a young Diamantidis: During the 1999/2000 season, FCBB CEO Pesic played for Iraklis Saloniki where the teenage Diamantidis was starting to make a name for himself.
After five years at Iraklis, where he also made his international debut for Greece, the 1.96m Guard headed to Panathinaikos Athens in 2004, having won the MVP award the year before. Since moving to the capital, “The Diamond Man” has won the domestic double seven times and three Euroleague titles. The man from Kastoria has picked up 22 titles at the club as well as winning the 2005 EuroBasket table against Pesic and his German counterparts. The 2007 Greek sportsman of the year has been named the Greek MVP six times and is a true legend of the game.
Panthinaikos’ captain is becoming a more potent threat with age – he is scoring more points each year. Last year he averaged 8.9 points per Euroleague match and 9.3 domestically, as a result of his powerful playing style and accuracy from range.
In September 2010, he retired from international duty having won 124 caps for Greece. This summer he recovered from injury for another crack at the big time, but it won’t be long before the sun sets on the career of this basketball legend, so Thursday’s game against Panathinaikos Athens provides a unique opportunity for basketball fans of all ages that shouldn’t be missed.
Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 2:
Thursday, 23rd October, 20:45 CEST, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball - Panathinaikos Athens
Beko BBL, Gameday 6:
Sunday, 26th October, 17:00 CET
Eisbären Bremerhaven – FC Bayern Basketball
Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Regular Season, Round 3:
Friday, 31st October, 20:15 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball - EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
Beko BBL, Gameday 7:
Sunday, 2nd November, 17:00 CET, Audi Dome
FC Bayern Basketball - WALTER Tigers Tübingen