German champion Brose Bamberg will keep veteran point guard Nikos Zisis running the show after the sides agreed to a two-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday. Zisis (1.97 meters, 33 years old) has been with the club for the past season and a half and is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 assists in 22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games this season. He is a former EuroLeague and European champion who has won eight national championships in four different countries. Zisis has already played the fourth most games in EuroLeague history (275), is ranked eighth in competition history with 772 assists and 17th in free throws made (433).
Zisis, who made his Euroleague debut as a 17-year-old with AEK in 2001, has played a total of 15 EuroLeague seasons for AEK in his native Greece, Benetton Treviso and Montepaschi Siena in Italy, CSKA Moscow and Unics Kazan in Russia, Fenerbahce Istanbul in Turkey and Bamberg in Germany. He has also played for Bilbao Basket in Spain. Among his career highlights are winning the 2008 EuroLeague title with CSKA, eight national titles and six cups in four countries, as well as a gold medal at EuroBasket 2005, the World Championship silver medal in 2006 and a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009 with the Greek national team.
"I've been here for two years now, after years of traveling across Europe," Zisis told the Brose Basket web site. "I feel very good in Bamberg and, more importantly, my family feels very comfortable here. The management has taken care of me over the last few weeks and months and given everything I am extending my contract. The whole organization is extremely professional and has a clear view of the future. I am delighted to be a part of it."