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Gordan Giricek - SG, 6'6, 220
Retired - Retired after 2011 season
       Date of birth: 06/20/1977
       Country: Croatia
     Drafted (NBA): 40th pick, 1999
     Out of: CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right

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   "Gordan Giricek on trial for death threats against his wife."

Whilst Googling for news about whether or not former Jazz and Suns guard Gordan Giricek had re-signed with his former team, Cibona Zagreb, I found something astonishing and very different. Very, very different.

The quote in the post title is a translation of the headline of this article from Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija. The full translation is reprinted below:

Croatian basketball player who plays in the NBA, Gordan Giricek, was examined yesterday at the Zagreb County Court as a suspect for the death threats against his ex-wife Natasha Gulan and her mother, Gordana.

Upon application of his ex-wife, the Municipal Public odjetništvo filed another half a year ago the County Court a request for investigative action against Giricek.

It charged that in late August last year while their daughter was with him on vacation in Selce, threatened by phone Natasha said: "I'm gonna kill you! Did you hear me? I'll kill you! ".

Similar threats later, according to the report, sent to the former mother in law.

Gordan Giricek was yesterday before the investigative judge Vanda Sento argued that the statements of his ex-wife's completely untrue, so it was denied a criminal offense.

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   The best of what's left after what was the best of what's left has gone and is no longer left

- Gordan Giricek * - Croatian team KK Zadar were said to be interested in signing Giricek, but the move broke down because Giricek's salary demands were too high. Keep it right here, America, for your Gordan Giricek news.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 24

- Gordan Giricek

Giricek is signed in Turkey with Fenerbahce Ulker. He is averaging 8.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in the Euroleague, alongside 7.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in the Turkish league.

Fenerbahce are currently second in the Turkish league with a 16-3 record, just behind the 17-2 Efes Pilsen. However, Efes are imploding a bit, because their star signings haven't really worked out. Bostjan Nachbar has made some rumblings about being dissatisfied there, and star guard acquisition Igor Rakocevic and the coach hate each other. So Fenerbahce are very much in the hunt.

Giricek was originally drafted by the Mavericks in 1999, but was traded twice before he arrived in America. First, his rights were traded to San Antonio along with those of Chris Carrawell for the rights to Leon Smith (famous for trying to kill himself), and then three years later the Spurs traded them to the Grizzlies for a 2004 second rounder (which the Spurs used on Romain Sato, who never played a game in the NBA.) I think Jerry West's tenure in Memphis was a bit overrated, but this was a good under-the-radar move.

(Does anyone else think Giricek's picture here is basically just Kendall Gill's picture with the colours inverted?)

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition

Gordan Giricek - Giricek is now the guitarist in a band called Blank. Here's some video, and here's a still.

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