Basketball player Andrei Kirilenko: biography, personal life and interesting facts
Andrei Kirilenko - basketball player, biographywhich is inextricably linked with sports, has been one of the most successful representatives of the Russian school for many years. In his arsenal of a huge number of awards - cups and medals. Moreover, it is he who, from 2015, heads the basketball federation (RFB). That's why many readers will be interested to know the biography and interesting facts from the life of this young, but already well-known person.
Future illustrious basketball player AndreiKirilenko was born on the eighteenth of February 1981 in the city of Izhevsk. His father, in the past also a well-known sportsman, at the time of the birth of his first-born was already a coach of one of the Leningrad football teams. Basketball is also engaged in the mother of Andrew. For her professional career, she performed in well-known clubs: "Hammer and Sickle", "Spartacus", "Burevestnik", "Skorokhod."
And although the family of the future sportsman was always in Leningrad, in the last months of pregnancy, Andrei's mother went to her relatives in Izhevsk. It was here that her son was born.
Only at the age of four monthsThey were transported back to their native city on the Neva, where the famous basketball player spent his childhood and youth. Andrei Kirilenko at an early age took a great interest in football, then swimming and handball. However, he soon decided that his life would only connect with basketball.
For the first time in this sport, a boybegan in the children's school Frunze district of his native Leningrad, the current St. Petersburg. After some time, the guy was identified in the national team of his native city. It was played in its composition, basketball player Andrei Kirilenko achieved his first triumph, having won the Cup of Russia in one of the youngest age categories.
According to his mentors, the boy's talent wasis noticeable already from early childhood. Apparently, therefore, he was soon accepted into the first professional club in his career. They became "Spartacus." Debuting in January 1997, basketball player Andrei Kirilenko was named the youngest player in the history of the national championship. At that time, the boy was only sixteen years old.
And although in the first season the athlete spent onparquet only three games, but the next year he made sure that he was made the main player of the team. His excellent game Andrei Kirilenko was able to draw the attention of coaches of CSKA Moscow, who in the summer of 1998 lured a promising young player to him.
Recognized leader of the "army"
The fact that their choice was made correctly, youngthe basketball player proved already in the first season. He began to recruit for the game an average of twelve and a half points, and later, along with the "army team" won the Russian championship. CSKA's team in the Euroleague reached the quarter-finals, and this was a very good experience for a beginner player. The 1999/2000 season proved to be a very good start for Andrei Kirilenko. He, after gaining for a game of thirteen or more points, soon found himself the recognized leader of the "army".
In the same year the team again became the champion of Russia, and the athlete himself was awarded the title of the best player of the championship. It was then clear that the athlete in the Russian championship will not stay long.
Season 2000/2001 was for CSKA the mostheavy in recent years. The team, left without medals, lost its former fervor. Her only bright spot, especially against the backdrop of general despondency, was still the brilliant play of the young striker.
Transfer to the NBA
As a result, in late 2001, the leader of the "army", leavinghis former team, moved to the overseas command "Utah Jazz". As part of the new club, Russian basketball player Andrei Kirilenko played ten full seasons. During this period, he managed to become one of the most notable players of the starting five and, as a result, turned into one of the most highly paid attackers.
It was in the team from Utah that Kirilenko succeededto achieve their most significant victories. However, he could not become the champion of the NBA. Despite this, the Russian wagon appeared several times in the symbolic team of the overseas tournament, and once even played in the match all the stars of this basketball league.
A succession of successes
In 2007-2012, according to the version of Andrei KirilenkoThe European International Basketball Federation was recognized as the best attacker of the Old World. His personal successes were supplemented by successes as a player of the national team. Playing for the Russian national team, this talented striker won the gold of the European championship in Spain (2007), became the bronze medalist of the same championship in Lithuania (2011). In addition, Andrei Kirilenko in 2012, along with the Russian team reached the third place in the Olympic basketball tournament.
As a result of the NBA's lockout in 2011,the season 2011/2012 the player had to spend in Russia. Here, as part of his home club, CSKA Kirilenko became the champion of the VTB United League, but subsequently moved again across the ocean. The next stage in the career of this star striker was "Minnesota Timberwolves", followed by the club "Brooklyn Nets", where the famous player performed until 2014. Completion of his career took place in 2015 (CSKA).
In 2001, at the age of twenty, Andreiwas married to Maria Lopatova, the daughter of a well-known basketball player. She is older than her husband for eight years. However, the age difference does not affect his family happiness, as Andrey Kirilenko himself says. A basketball player with his wife brings up four children: three sons-Fedor, Stepan and Andrew, and also a daughter of Alexander, whom they adopted in 2009.
During the seasonal games of the NBA, spouses with children lived in their home in Salt Lake City, and at other times in Moscow or France.
Despite the fact that a star athlete alwaysvery busy, he surprisingly manages everything. On the basketball player Andrei Kirilenko all those who know him are warm. He created a charitable foundation, working both in the US and Russia. The purpose of this organization is to help children with disabilities. The Kirilenko Foundation also helps hospitals and sports schools, veterans. Help from him receive orphanages and nursing homes.
Basketball player Andrei Kirilenko, whose growth is two hundred and six centimeters, in 2002, starred in the video of his wife.
Despite the rumors, he is not a relativefamous tennis player: she's just his name. Although in one of the interviews Maria Kirilenko said that she was familiar with Andrei, and they have an arrangement for a joke to call each other a brother and sister, true, cousins.
In 2012, the basketball player was a confidant of Mikhail Prokhorov.