Greece's legendary basketball player - European Basketball's Greatest scorer
International Committee Nominee in the American basketball Michael Naismith Hall of Fame for 2013.
Nikos Galis' passion for his homeland and for basketball brought him back to Greece. A life changing move and one that would affect us all. Disciplined and determined, his untiring leadership and his incredible talent paved the way and helped establish basketball as a mainstream sport in Greece. Nikos Galis' tremendous success inspired many, bringing tens of thousands to the stadiums and leading the way for the basketball champions that Greece would produce over the next 25 years..
A jubilant Nikos Galis with the EuroBasket Trophy
14 June 1987
You can have your say too by casting a vote in the ESPN Poll on the 2012 nominees - click here to vote for Nikos 'Nick' Galis... it just might help!
Nick Galis' legend and tremendous contribution to Greece's sporting history earned him the honour of being chosen by the Athens 2004 Olympic Games organisers to be the first torchbearer in the Opening Ceremony
Nikos Galis -
13 August 2004
PS If you were ever happened to be around when Nick was somewhere in public, you could see the star quality... it didn't take long for people to realise who this well-dressed, quietly spoken gentleman was and then you would see him surrounded by admiring fans of all ages... young and old! We happened to be dining next door to him at the Byzantine Cafe of the Athens Hilton one day, the year he signed up for Panathinaikos... well, that had to be seen to be believed but you could see it made him happy. As he said to Rigas Dardalis of Eurohoops when asked what did he get the most satisfaction from-the recognition or his titles and records?
The love of the people. Then comes everything else. When they see you on the street and they have the thirst to talk to you, that’s the greatest honor an athlete can have”.
We will leave you with another statement that Nick made to Rigas Dardalis in the same interview, which we hope our politicians have read or will read...
Nikos Galis - Wikipedia
PS He didn't make it but we'll keep plugging! He deserves it!
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