OnScene: Zaza Pachulia receives Order of Honor from Georgian president

Pachulia proud to represent homeland on the court (0:43)

Warriors center Zaza Pachulia joins the Georgian national team as they prepare to play in the European championships in Israel. (0:43)

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia became the first player from the Republic of Georgia to win an NBA title when the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Two months later, Pachulia -- with the Larry O'Brien Trophy in tow -- is celebrating with his country. On Monday, Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili presented Pachulia with the Order of Honor, which is given for outstanding personal contribution to the building of the independent government.

Pachulia has been providing first-hand accounts of his trip for ESPN since he landed in Tbilisi on Sunday, and will continue throughout the week.


Larry goes back home tomorrow. This has been an amazing experience! Thank you ESPN and thanks to all the fans who have been following my trip!

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Pachulia sends Larry O'Brien trophy back to U.S.

Stretching after the game

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Playing defense during my first exhibition game

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Georgian National Anthem

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At my fitness center... it's very important to live a healthy life!

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Pachulia stresses importance of living healthy lifestyle

Very excited for the first exhibition game! We are playing against Czech Republic.

Zaza Pachulia


Pachulia sets scene before Georgia exhibition game


Very cool shirt! Thank you for the support!

Zaza Pachulia


This is the court where I first started playing basketball. It is now a court in the Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy.

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Zaza returns to the court where it all began

Posing with the trophy with members of the Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy

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Hanging out with Larry at the Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy

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Larry O'Brien Trophy makes appearance at Zaza's academy


Accepting the Order of Honor from the President

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My speech after accepting the Order of Honor

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At the Presidential Palace with my mother to accept the Order of Honor from the President

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Pachulia spends time with his mom before being honored

Arriving with the trophy at the Trophy Celebration Rally! Showing love back to Georgia

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Zaza shows off the Larry O'Brien Trophy

Met up with my friend I grew up with in my old neighborhood

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Zaza finds old friend in Georgia

At the Presidential Palace with the Georgian Basketball Team

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Taking photos with fans at the Street Ball Court Ground Breaking Ceremony

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Zaza snaps photos with fans

Georgian dinner with my friends

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Zaza shows what a Georgian dinner looks like

Taking a trip down memory lane

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Pachulia gives inside look of 16-year-old Zaza