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Edward Jurkiewicz

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Mieczyslaw Lopatka

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   Edward Jurkiewicz
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 in 1968.
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 Zag√≥rski). 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 nearby canal).

   Mieczyslaw Lopatka
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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