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Ivo “Ivan” Mrázek in 2014
|Born||18 January 1926|
|Died||4 April 2019 93)(aged|
|Listed height||5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach
Ivan Mrázek (18 January 1926 – 4 April 2019) was a Czech professional basketball player and coach. At 5'7 1⁄2" (1.71 m) tall, he was a point guard. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players, in 1991.
Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia, was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.
The point guard (PG), also called the one or point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time. Above all, the point guard must totally understand and accept their coach's game plan; in this way, the position can be compared to a quarterback in American football or a playmaker in association football (soccer). While the point guard must understand and accept the coach's gameplan, they must also be able to adapt to what the defense is allowing, and they also must control the pace of the game.
He was born Ivo, but called Ivan by many, including his mother.
Mrázek died on April 4, 2019. He was 93 years old.
In his club career, Mrázek won 6 Czechoslovak League championships (1947, 1948 2×, 1949, 1950, 1951).
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Mrázek helped lead the senior Czechoslovakia national team to a EuroBasket gold medal at the EuroBasket 1946, as well as to three EuroBasket silver medals, in 1947, 1951, and 1955. Mrázek was the MVP and Top scorer of EuroBasket 1951. He also represented Czechoslovakia in two Summer Olympic Games, in 1948 and 1952.
The Czechoslovak national basketball team was the basketball side that represented Czechoslovakia in international competitions. After the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia set up their own national teams.
EuroBasket, also commonly referred to as the European Basketball Championship, is the main international basketball competition that is contested biannually, by the senior men's national teams that are governed by FIBA Europe, which is the European zone within the International Basketball Federation.
The 1946 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1946, was the fourth FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe and the first since 1939 due to World War II. Ten national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took part in the competition. Switzerland hosted the tournament for a second time, as the championship returned to Geneva.
In his head coaching career, Mrázek was a 6 time Czechoslovak League champion (1958, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968).
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