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ARIS fires Drucker, names Subotic coach
by: Vassilis Skountis, Athens
February 13, 2011
Aris BSA 2003 shook things up on its bench over the weekend by firing head coach Sharon Drucker and naming Slobodan (Lefteris) Subotic as his replacement. Drucker was dismissed on Saturday night and the club immediately hired “Piksi,” who returns in Aris after 14 years and will sit on the bench on Wednesday in the Eurocup game at BG Goettingen. Subotic, 55, grew up with Olimpija Ljubljana and moved in Greece to play for Aris from 1986 to 1993. He helped the Yellows win five Green League championships an five Greek Cups and reach three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours. After his retirement from playing, Subotic went in to coaching and worked for Iraklis Thessalonii (1993-1995), AEK Athens (1995-96), Aris Thessaloniki (1996-97), Panathinaikos (1997-99), Panionios (2000-01), PAOK (2001), Olympiacos (2002-03), Aurora Jesi in Italy (2004, 2006) and KK Split (2007-08) in Croatia. He also served as head coach of the Slovenian national team. As a coach, Subotic won the 1996-97 Korac Cup with Aris, two consecutive Greek championships with Panathinaikos (1997-98, 1998-99) and a Greek Cup with Olympiacos (2002).
“I feel very happy to coach Aris again. I feel here like at home. I watched a lot of games of Aris this season and I think that the team can improve a lot,” Subotic said.
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