One of the most talented scorers in the history of Polish
basketball. Famous player of Wybrzeze Gdansk and national team (195
games and 4,114 points). Participated in the Olympic games in Mexico
Born on January 22, 1948 in Puszcz Gdanski. The son of Witold Jozef
and Stefania Ciesielska. As a player (195cm, 90kg) played for AZS
Gdańsk, Legia Warszawa and Wybrzeże Gdańsk, where was coached by:
Mieczysław Kozłowski, Stefan Majer and Jan Rudelski (national team
coach Witold Zagórski). Like all other boys in Pruszcz he played
soccer. At the age of 15 (1963) he was discovered by soccer coach
Grzegorz Polakow,who was impressed with his huge hands. He was able
to hold soccer ball in the way others would hold tennis
ball.Jurkiewicz started his basketball career at AZS Gdansk (coach
M. Kozłowski), where he was discovered as a player with best
shooting skills in the history of Polish basketball. However after
many years other experts admitted that his skills were supported by
very hard work at practices and shooting sessions. He practiced at
the club basketball court, where he was first to arrive, and leave
when arena was closing for the day. In his backyard his father
assembled a basket board for him. Even during his army duties, he
was practicing his shooting skills at night on the court by 29
Listopada street. When he was at home, after his daily shooting
practices, he worked on his vertical jump (500 jumps per day on the
Mieczyslaw Lopatka, a legendary player of Slask Wroclaw, was one
the best centers in Europe in sixties. He was the best scorer of the
1967 World Championships in Uruguay. He didnt can go to NBA, because
in Poland was bed political sitiation. Mieczyslaw led Slask Wroclaw
to two domestic league titles as a player, and four as a coach. He
is father of Miroslaw Lopatka, who play now in Turow Zgorzelec.
Miroslaw was great talent, but he doesnt play like his father.
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