Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko is a famous Russian basketball player, captain of the Russian national team.
Andrey Kirilenko was born on February 18, 1981 in the city of Izhevsk. I got carried away with basketball professionally, when I lived in St. Petersburg. There he began to participate in basketball competitions for the city team. And already in 1995 in the biography of Andrei Kirilenko was won the first victory. Then his team became the champion of Russia. In the history of the Russian basketball superleague, Andrei was the youngest player. . In 1998, the athlete began to compete for CSKA, Russia’s best basketball club. Being in the team, Andrei Kirilenko twice became the champion of Russia: in 1999 and 2000. The season of basketball games of 2000-2001 was remarkable for the basketball player of his team Euroleague FIBA - the most prestigious competition in Europe, and in the “Final Four”.
Professional athletic qualities distinguish Andrei Kirilenko among other basketball players. The athlete combines excellent defense skills, as well as successfully passed passes. Andrew has highly developed team, individual skills. The basketball player acts on the positions of a heavy and easy striker.
Due to high sports performance in June 1999, Andrew was selected to participate in the games of the NBA “Utah Jazz” club. The debut game for this club in the biography of Andrei Kirilenko occurred in the 2001-2002 season. The basketball player played at number 24. In the first season, Andrew showed a highly professional game, due to which was included in the top five players among the newcomers. The combination of circumstances, when the leading players of “Utah Jazz” left, allowed Andrei Kirilenko to become the leading, the best player of the team.
After injuring his hand in the 2004-2005 game, the basketball player returned to the team in the following season. In the biography of Andrei Kirilenko, the best season is probably 2005-2006. Having the highest parameters of the game, such as the number of transfers, interceptions, covered throws, Andrew was chosen the best players of the NBA. But already in the next season the basketball player showed not such a brilliant game. This was facilitated by a new coach strategy, in which Andrei was not part of the main attacking force. The athlete even said about possible care in case the situation does not change.
Nevertheless, Kirilenko is the greatest Russian basketball player, often in favor of the Russian team. So it was at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, the European Championships in 2007. Successfully conducted basketball games with Lithuania, Spain contributed to the conquest of the title of “Most Valuable Player” by Andrey in 2007.
In May 2008, a scandal broke out around the sportsman, as Andrei missed a training session in Utah on the eve of an important match that was lost by the way. However, the coach of the team took all the blame on himself.
In July 2008, Andrei Kirilenko was chosen as the standard-bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is a great honor for an athlete to carry a Russian flag on the opening parade of the Olympics.
Physical data of the athlete: height – 206 cm, weight – 103 kg.