Ubiratan Pereira Maciel
Maciel, as a member of Trianon Clube, in 1972.
|Born||January 18, 1944|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Died||July 17, 2002 (aged 58)|
|Listed height||6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m)|
|Listed weight||212 lb (96 kg)|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1978–1982||São José dos Campos|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|FIBA Hall of Fame as player|
Ubiratan "Bira" Pereira Maciel, commonly known as Bira Maciel, or simply Bira (January 18, 1944 – July 17, 2002), was a professional basketball player from Brazil. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil. At a height of 1.99 m (6' 61⁄2") tall, he played at the center position. He is often regarded as the best Brazilian center of all time. He was nicknamed "O Rei" (English: "The King").
National team career
Ubiratan Pereira Maciel played at 5 FIBA World Cups: (1963, 1967, 1970, 1974, and 1978). He totaled 41 games played and 474 points scored during those competitions, and he won a gold medal at the 1963 tournament in Brazil.
Maciel was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was awarded the FIBA Order of Merit in 1994. In 2009, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, as a player. On April 5, 2010, Maciel was announced as a member of the 2010 induction class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a player, and was formally inducted on August 13.
- HALL OF FAMERS Ubiratan Pereira (Brazil) Height: 199cm (6'6") Position: Center.
- Ubiratan Pereira Maciel, 58, Dies; Best Center in the History of Brazilian Basketball.
- A lenda do Cavalo de Aço (in Portuguese).
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