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I guess that, simonoivc many basketball lovers, the name of Ljubodrag Simonovic aka Duci prononced Dutsi does not mean a lot. However, those whose memory reaches back to the seventies will surely remember a great player whose brilliant talent clashed with his strong personality and ideas, a combination that shortened a career that could have been much bigger. In the world of basketball there are many players with university degrees and in this aspect, Duci Simonovic is not an exception.

He got a degree in law at 23 years old but later he even added a PhD in philosophy.

Istorija: Duci Simonović, buntovnik s razlogom – KOS magazin

This is his story. Porto San Smionovic, The second junior EuroBasket. Ranko Zeravica, the coach of the Yugoslav national team, had a golden generation in his hands: The flawless scouting of the federation never let any talent get loose. Yugoslavia ended up being second because hosting Italy had also a brilliant generation led by Dino Meneghin, Iellini and Zanata. But Zeravica knew that he had a lot of potential in a team that just needed some time. He also made his debut in the absolute national team at the Tunisia Mediterranean Games.

That same year, Zeravic, who had also been promoted to coach of the absolute national team, took a young team to the Helsinki EuroBasket: Yugoslavia, who had been runner-up in the previous edition, finished up in ninth place. The press took it on Zeravica, who changed simnoovic decisions a little for the next appointment at the Mexico Olympics. Simonovic had to stay home. That team won its first Olympic medal, a silver one, after defeating the USSR in semifinals with two historic free throws by Cvetkovic ljuborrag three seconds to go.


The national team was back to the EuroBasket in in Naples, and three years after winning the silver medal as a junior, Duci ljubpdrag the ljybodrag silver medal at barely 20 years old.

The peak of his career arrived at the World Championships of Ljubljana smonovic Zeravica, true to his vision, took seven youngsters with him: The same group that had failed at the Helsinki EuroBasket. He mixed them with veterans like Daneu and Rajkovic while Cermak, Tvrdic and Skansi were the generation in the middle. All the seven young ljubldrag had an important role as Yugoslavia won its first gold medal in a big competition. Duci Simonovic averaged 6. Duci was a modern player, way ahead of his time.

He played shooting guard, but he could rebound like a power forward. He was a pete athlete, physically powerful but with good technique. I remember one of his best performances against Partizan, in which he scored 59 points!

He was a real talent but he also worked a lot to reach that high level.

For him, work was everything. Even though he was playing elite basketball, he passed his university tests with good grades. He knew that basketball was not his future. At the EuroBasket, with an average of A new silver medal was the least that was expected from the World champions. In the season he won his second league with Crvena Zvezda and takes his team to the final of the Cup Winners Cup played in Thessaloniki.

Then,that samethe Munich Olympics arrived and that was the beginning of the end of his brilliant career. In the game against Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia lost by against all odds.

Ljubodrag Simonović

Duci scored 10 points. Nobody could know those would be his last 10 points in the national team. As it would have it, the Puerto Rico players were positive in a doping test. In a meeting, the players decided to walk out of the competition as a protest!

The directors, fearing a severe fine, intervened to avoid the fleeing of the players and all changed their decision. Duci Simonovic took his bag and walked out of the Olympic Village.

To this day, he is still angry that nobody walked with him or said goodbye to him. Back home, he kept playing for Crvena Zvezda, but he was never back to the national team. His numbers with the plavi jersey got stuck at games 90 wins and 1, points. The following season, Crvena Zvezda repeated the title game of the same competition in Nantes, but lost to Spartak St.


Petersburg by a single points, Inafter 10 years in Crvena Zvezda, he moved to Germany to play with Bamberg and also complete his studies.

Since then, and for many years, he kind of disappeared. He kept a low profile. He reappeared many years later as a great rebel against deceit, irregularities and everything false in professional sports.

It could be argued that he was the first anti-globalist in sports. He dedicated himself to fighting double morals, doping, ruthless commercialization of sports and basically everything he considered wrong.

Ljubodrag Simonovic: The rebel genius – KOS magazin

His obsession was the Olympic movement. Because of his character and speaking his mind he had a lot of problems everywhere he worked. In Yugoslavia he was not able to find a job.

For some years now he has been doing a little better because, as a world champion, he has a national pension. He has three sons from two marriages. He lives in Belgrade, with his dog, and writes books. He is a left-wing man with high morals, loyal to his ideas and still a rebel character.

He stays away from basketball and from time to time he appears on some TV show defending his ideas to the latest consequences.

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