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Toni Kukoc Biography
Toni Kukoc was born September 18, 1968 in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia and is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. He was renowned for his versatility and passing ability; although his natural position was small forward, he played all five positions on the court with equal prowess and demonstrated court vision and an outside shooting touch that were seldom found in players of his height. Kukoč was one of the first established European stars to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Having been drafted by the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1990, he continued to play in Europe, until finally reporting to the Bulls in 1993, when the team had just finished its first three-peat and had lost Michael Jordan to retirement. Kukoč was disappointed that he couldn't play with Jordan, although Jordan returned to the Bulls in 1995.
The 6'11 Kukoč came off the bench in 1993-94 behind small forward Scottie Pippen and power forward Horace Grant, though Kukoč could play shooting guard and center as well. Kukoč put up a solid rookie campaign, averaging double-digit scoring and earning a berth on the All-Rookie Second Team. After Grant left in the offseason
In 1997 and 1998, Kukoč again came off the bench as sixth man as the Bulls won their fifth and sixth NBA titles. Once again, he was the team's third-leading scorer.
In early 1999, the team was broken up, and Kukoč was one of the only players from their championship years that the Bulls retained. In the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, he led the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists. During the 1999-2000 season as Chicago continued their rebuilding scheme, Kukoč was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for whom he played briefly before he was soon traded again to the Atlanta Hawks. After a short stint with the Hawks, he finally found himself in a more suitable fit with the Milwaukee Bucks via a third trade.
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Posted on 1 July 2015 | 7:08 pm
Chicago Bulls legend Toni Kukoc worked with several young athletes ages 6 through 17 at a fundamentals basketball camp at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle, Illinois. At the camp the 60 or so attendees got to work hands on with the former Bull on footwork, ball handling, shooting, defense, and making free throws to improve their game Read More
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