Tuzla is called the city of sport for reason: Mirza Delibašić – a sportsman with a soft heart and a golden hand
A legendary basketball player Mirza Delibašić, a sportsman who won all that could be won, was born in Tuzla in 1954 where he started playing tennis and started as a champion from the fresh start. He was republican champion of B&H in the category of pioneers.
After tennis, Mirza definitely chose basketball and became a member of Tuzla’s Sloboda in 1968. Four years later he moved to Sarajevo’s Bosna. Kinđe won the title of the champion of the state with “Students” two times: the cup of then Yugoslavia and in 1979 the title of the champion of Europe with the victory in Grenoble after the finals against Italian Emerson (96:93).
He played almost 700 matches for Bosnia achieving more than 14.000 scores and afterwards moved to Real from Madrid where he ended his career.
Free throws in Moscow
With the representation of ex Yugoslavia he won everything that could be won: European, World and Olympic gold … It will be talked about their scores, especially those two free throws in the last moments of the semi-finals with Brazil on the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, when he was declared for the best basketball player of Yugoslavia.
The press wrote that Mirza had the body of a giant and the face of a boy, that the world spinned around him like a carousel, he was accompanied by lots of women, money, rich, famous and prominent people. But he did not care about it too much. Then the press wrote: “The son of miners, son of Husino and Bosnia came back to his land…“.
Mirza was cruel only towards himself, but it, obviously, was stronger than him. It was his choice. He could not get rid of some habits, but without them Kinđe would not be the one we remember. The last basketball romantic, better human than basketball player.
Here is only one detail from the time spent in Real Madrid. He signed a three-year contract. Actually, he was supposed to sign it but on that day Kinđe shocked the president of the Royal Club. In the world full of doubts, steady contracts with thousands of clauses, Delibašić simply said: “I don’t need a contract, I will not sign anything, your word is enough…”
He has always been like that, he trusted others unconditionally…
“My grand father was a miner, my two uncles as well. The fact that my grandpa decided to provide education to my father does not have any relation to what I have done in life. Behind my success there is a lot of work and a lot of sweat and the fact that I was thinking during matches a bit more”, said Mirza after being declared for Bosnia-Herzegovinian sportsman of the century.