czech The Draft Review - The Draft Review
  • League: Mattoni NBL (Czech Basketball Federation)
  • Continent: Europe
  • Nationality: Czech
Country Background:
Following the First World War, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar years, the new country's leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Sudeten Germans and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians). After World War II, a truncated Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize Communist party rule and create "socialism with a human face." Anti-Soviet demonstrations the following year ushered in a period of harsh repression. With the collapse of Soviet authority in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom through a peaceful "Velvet Revolution." On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, November 2004
 
(5) Draft Picks
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
2 2 32 2012 Tomas Satoransky SG Washington
1 6 6 2011 Jan Vesely SF/PF Washington
1 16 16 2003 Jiri Welsch SG Philadelphia
1 22 22 1995 George Zidek C Charlotte
2 19 46 1993 Richard Petruska PF/C Houston

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