Měl jsem krásný basketbalový život
Jiří Zídek was born on the 8th of February of 1944 in Prague. Soon after, the family moved to a small town of Poběžovice near Domažlice. When Jiří was attending a high school in Plzeň, the coach of Spartak, the local basketball team, noticed how tall Jiří was and invited him to join the team. This way, his basketball career started. Starting from 1962, he played for fourteen consecutive seasons for Slavia in Prague. With Slavia, he became the winner of the league six times, he played in the EuroLeague FIBA European Champions Cup and the FIBA European Cup Winners‘ Cup. With the Czechoslovak representation, he won silver and bronze at the European Champioships, he participated in the Munich Olympics in 1972. He‘s been the unbeated leading scorer of the Czechoslovak (and Czech) league of all times. In 2001, he was voted the best Czech basketball player of the century and in 2013, he was introduced to the Hall of Fame of the Czech Basketball Federation. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) introduced him to their Hall of Fame as the first Czech ever in 2019.