Dimitris Diamantidis will always be considered as one of the EuroLeague’s greatest contributors after the Panathinaikos veteran call time on his career last season. And now, there will be a gala held in his honour.
The gala, which also includes art exhibition highlighting Diamantidis’ greatest accomplishments was held at the Eugenides Foundation, home of the city’s planetarium.
Over the course of Diamantidis’ 17-year career, he has won three EuroLeague titles, an MVP and two Final Four MVP awards. The 36-year-old is also a six-time EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year and in his final season, he was given the high accolade of EuroLeague legend.
“It’s a very special moment for our club. We wave goodbye to the best athlete that has played for Panathinaikos, ever not only for his abilities in the game, but his attitude in and out the court,” said Panathinaikos coach Argiris Pedoulakis For the faith and devotion he has showed to the team. He’s the guy that made us change our way of thinking about basketball.”
“I never believed that I could have such a career,” said an emotional Diamantidis. “I am very happy for this and also for the fact that I finished my career the way I did and for my family with two great children.”
Among the incredible memorabilia that was given to Diamantidis to highlight his career was a Maccabi Tel Aviv jersey, especially made for the Panathinaikos great.
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