Basketball is one of those sports which has successfully conquered the world. Many players such as Shaq, Jimmy Lin, etc. have emerged from it. So, if you are one of those avid fans than Marko Jaric might sound familiar to you guys.
The former professional Serbian basketball player has played for different teams, including international clubs and the National BasketballAssociation(NBA). But what makes him so unique? And why people aside from the fans are keen to know about him? Let’s find out, shall we?
But first, some facts to let you know about him.
Marko Jaric: Quick Facts
October 12, 1978
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
6 feet 7 inches (2.01m)
102 Kg(224 lbs)
Early Life and Education
The former shooting guard player was born on October 12, 1978, in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. He is the son of a father, Srecko Jaric, and a mother named Leposava Jaric. His father is also a retired Serbian professional basketball player.
Aside from his parents, Jaric has an elder sister named Tamara and a younger brother named Nikola, who is also a basketball player. However, there is not much information when it comes to academics.
Age and Height
Jaric was born in 1978, which makes him 40 years as of now. He recently celebrated his 40th birthday on the 12th of October. Not to mention, he was born under the sign of Libra.
Moreover, the professional basketball player stands tall at an astounding height of 6 feet 7 inches(2.01m) and weighs around 102 kg(224 lbs).
Being an athlete and having gone under rigorous training, Jaric has a mesomorph body type; lean but muscular. Furthermore, he has short light brown hair and bright brown eyes.
Marko Jaric: Wife, Divorced, and Children
Talking about his personal life, Jaric is probably single as of now. However, it was not the same in the past. The 6 feet 7 inches Jaric was married to Brazillian supermodel Adriana Lima.
Likewise, the couple engaged on June 12, 2008, and married the following year on February 14, 2009. They tied the knot on a beautiful wedding ceremony held at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the United States of America.
That same year, the couple was blessed with a daughter named Valentina Lima Jaric on November 15, 2009. Likewise, on September 12, 2012, they had another child named Sienna Lima Jaric.
Right, when the couple had a good life together, they divorced on May 2, 2014, and it was finalized in March 2016.
Net Worth and Income
As of 2019, the former professional basketball player has a net worth of $20 million. He was able to accumulate such an impressive amount thanks to his successful basketball career.
Moreover, Jaric earned extra bucks from his other individual projects like endorsements and sponsors.
Marko Jaric: Career and NBA
Jaric began playing basketball professionally from the year of 1996. He started playing with the Greek Basket League club, Peristeri. With the club, he played two seasons in the European-wide 3rd tier level FIBA Korac Cup.
Likewise, by the time NBA selected him, Jaric had already won Italian League championships twice, making him the first player to achieve such feat.
Similarly, Jaric was selected in the 2000 NBA draft as the 30th overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. On August 12, 2005, Jaric, along with Lionel Chalmers, was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On June 26, 2008, he was traded to the Grizzlies in an eight-player deal involving rookie players like O.J. Mayo, and Kevin Love. And they mutually agreed that Jaric would not attend the team’s training camp.
The following year, on December 22, 2009, he signed with the Spanish club Real Madrid only to sign with the Italian Club Montepaschi Siena for the rest of the 2010-11 season.
After the end of the season, Jaric signed with the Chicago Bulls in October2012 but was released from the team on October 24. Likewise, from September 2013, he started playing for the Brooklyn Nets but was released from the team on October 15.
In 2013, Jaric officially retired from playing professional basketball. As of now, he has achieved many awards, including a gold medal at the 1998Under-20 FIBA Europe Championship. And he also won gold at EuroBasket 2001 and 2002 FIBA World Championship.