(1954 - )
Miki Berkovich, born as Moshe
Berkovich February 17, 1954, in Kfar
Sava, Israel is
considered to be Israel’s best basketball
player in history.
Berkovich joined Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball
club's junior team in 1965, and adult team
in 1971. With Maccabi, he won 19 national
championship titles and 17 national cups.
In 1974, he took young NT
to the fourth place in European Championship
and was the leading scorer of the tournament.
In 1975, heplayed for Nevada
college, but returned to Maccabi after just
one year even though he got some calls from
the New Jersey Nets and the Atlanta Hawks
from the NBA.
In 1977, Berkovich helped
Maccabi to win its first European Championship,
defeating Mobilgirgi Varese 78-77 in the
final and CSKA Moscow 91-79 in the semifinal,
an achievement that produced Tal
famous sentence, “We are on the map, not
only in basketball.”
In 1979, Berkovich and Israeli
NT finished second after the Soviet Union
NT in the European Championship in Turin.
In 1981, the second European
Championship for Maccabi, Berkovich scored
the winning basket from Moti Aroesti's assist
and Maccabi won 80-79.
Berkovich's career in Maccabi came to the
end in 1988, when he and Aroesti joined Maccabi
Rishon-LeZion. Later he played for Hapoel
Jerusalem and Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Miki Berkovich retired from
basketball in 1995 and wrote the autobiography,
“Born to Win.”
Miki was also the owner
of the Ramat-Hasharonbasketball team, both
of his sons played for the team (he has 2
boys and a girl) at the time. Today, Miki
is the Director of basketball operations
of Ironi Nahariya.