Tony Kukoc

“MYTH” Category

He was nicknamed "the Heron fom Split", "the Spider from Split", "the Pink Panther", "the Croatian Sensation” and his career started with his hometown club, Jugoplastika Split. He achieved significant success during his time with the club, winning various national Championships and three Champions Cup, together with the gold medal at the 1990 World Championships.

In 1991 he came to Italy in order to play with Benetton Basket for the following two seasons. They won a championship, but they were defeated by Danilovič’s Virtus Bologna during the second year he was with the club, so he decided to fly away. He landed in the USA and he played with the Chicago Bulls of  Michael Jordan’s era winning three NBA titles from 1996 to 1998 and, it was in the very 1996 that he was rewarded with the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.

His natural position was forward (both small and power) but he treated the ball as a playmaker. Toni Kukoč could catch the rebound, take the ball from one side to the other of the court and then decide whether to pass or to set shot, without any qualms. He has been in the Basketball Hall of Fame since 2017.

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