Miki Vukovic: the man who changed everything, the father's legacy, the Master who taught us to win


"Miki Vukovic changed everything." That was one of the most repeated statements in all the messages of affection for his memory and of pain for his death with which the basketball people turned upside down yesterday through all possible ways. But Miki not only changed everything by taking a team recently relegated to the second category and in four seasons promoting it to the ACB, making it the first rookie to win the Copa del Rey and qualifying for a European final in his first participation in continental competitions.


Miki changed everything for the legacy of ambition and fighting without fear of anything that he has left in all those who had him as a coach and sports father. He changed everything by laying the foundations for an entity that has grown to become one of the best in Europe. It changed everything because of the influence he still has on the technicians who work with the young people at L’Alqueria del Basket and who meet in a room that bears the name of the Master. It changed everything because Valencia Basket could not be what it is today without Miki Vukovic. This land that he loved and never wanted to leave now cries for him like one of us even though he was born 76 years ago in Kraljevo.