The Slovenia Times

Basketball legend Milič hangs it up


Milič is remembered as the first Slovenian player to play in the NBA, the strongest league in the world.

The 38-year-old from Kranj started his career in the local club Triglav and rose to prominence in Union Olimpija from Ljubljana, which signed him when he was 17.

The powerful and explosive small forward received the attention of international scouts and he was picked by the Phoenix Suns of the NBA in 1997. He played two seasons overseas to return to Europe, where he spent the bulk of his career.

After winning the league championship with the Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid in 2007, Milič played the rest of his career in lesser known clubs and minor leagues, with his last stint being in the Kuwaiti league.

He also played 59 official games for the national team and participated at six European championships (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005) and at the world championships in 2006.

"After more than twenty years of professional career it is time to hang it up. My career was incredible, not only because of trophies, statistics and contracts, but mostly because of the people that I have met in clubs and cities on all the continents where I played," Milič said in a farewell statement.


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