Ed Odeven Reporting

This featured on veteran coach Zelko Pavlicevic appeared in The Japan Times on Aug. 6, 2006, a few weeks before the start of the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Japan.
Headline: Wily coach Pavlicevic building Japan team block by block

By Ed Odeven
His eyes have seen thousands of well-executed plays — and just as many fundamental miscues.

What’s more, he was the only man with a whistle around his neck on Friday afternoon at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences’ third-floor gymnasium.

He is Zeljko Pavlicevic, a coaching journeyman. And he’s the man in charge of the Japan men’s basketball national team, a project he accepted in 2003 when he took over as head coach.

For Pavlicevic, Friday’s practice at the JISS gym was just another day at the office, a familiar scene for a man who has been involved in basketball for his entire adult life.

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