Greek Basketball legend Panagiotis Fasoulas was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame! Fasoulas is the second Greek player in FIBA’s Hall of Fame, after Nikos Galis was inducted in 2007.
Fasoulas is considered to be one of the best big men in European basketball over the last thirty years. He led Greece to their first ever European Championship in 1987 and the silver medal two years later at Eurobasket 1989. “The Arachni” of Greek basketball began his career with PAOK in 1981 and stayed in Thessaloniki until 1993. With PAOK, he won the FIBA’ Cup Winners Cup, the Greek League Title, and the Greek Cup. In 1993, he moved to Piraeus and played with Olympiacos until his retirement in 1999. At Olympiacos, he had great success, winning the Greek League 4 times, the Greek Cup twice, and helped Olympiacos win their first ever European Championship in 1997. In addition to his titles with Greece, PAOK, and Olympiacos, Fasoulas has been honored with a long list of individual awards.
Fasoulas is the second Greek player to be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Nikos Galis was the first Greek Hall of Famer as he was part of FIBA’s first Hall of Fame Class in 2007. Along with Fasoulas, NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon, Michele Timms of Australia, Spain’s Juan Antonio of San Epifanio, and Mexico’s Manuel Raga were inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame class. The 8 member Class of 2016 was capped off with coach Jorge Canavesi (Argentina), special contributors Juan Antonio Samaranch (Spain) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.