Damir Markota

Damir Markota

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Damir Markota

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Damir Markota (born December 26, 1985, in Sarajevo) is a Croatian-Swedish professional basketball player at the forward position. He is 2.09 m (6 ft 10 ¼) tall and 118 kg (260 lbs) in weight. His style of play has been compared to that of Vladimir Radmanović. He is currently playing for the Slovenian pro team Union Olimpija.

Basketball career

Markota, born in the former Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Yugoslavia, escaped from Bosnia during the war and settled in Sweden, where he began to practice basketball. He played together with Maciej Lampe in Stockholm, until moving to Croatia when he was fourteen, after being invited to play in the Croatian league. Markota signed with KK Cibona, but was loaned to Zabok and Karlovac Šanac until the end of 2002-03. Subsequently, he received Croatian citizenship (holding Swedish as well), declining an offer to play for the Swedish national basketball team.

Markota was an early candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft, but soon withdrew his name from consideration. He was later invited to the Croatian national team, and in 2005 he changed his last name to “Markota” (his mother’s maiden name).

He was eventually chosen by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, 59th overall, then immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the summer of...
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