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Drazen Petrovic

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A late great Croatian NBA Player

Dražen Petrović (October 22, 1964 – June 7, 1993) was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining … see full wiki

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Rest in Peace

  • Jun 8, 2011
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I was young but I remember watching Drazen play. He didn't get much playing time when the Pistons and Blazers were battling each other in the finals but I remember the Nets were finally relevant again once he joined the team. 

And who could forget the battle between the Croatian team and the Dream Team, the greatest team of all time in the 1992 olympics. Everyone knew that he was a special player and he was going to be a star in the NBA.

It was so tragic and unfortunate that he passed in 1993 in a car accident (the anniversary of his death just passed on June 7). He had just come off the best season of his career and was almost guaranteed to be an All-Star the following year after getting the snub in 1993. He was only 28 years old but he helped pave the way for other International basketball players. 

It's also unfortunate that European players have been given the 'soft' label. Petrovic was anything but soft and could talk trash with the best of them and wasn't afraid to back down:

"When you go out onto the floor, its important that you don't back down for anyone. The players do everything they can to distract one another. If you back down and don't retaliate, then they've succeeded. I fight back automatically, and they don't like that."

It was also unfortunate what was happening in his home country and the situation in Yugoslavia and the split of a friendship between him and Vlade Divac. For anyone who hasn't seen the recent ESPN documentary 30 for 30 'Once Brothers', I highly recommend it. RIP Drazen.

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Position: Guard
Birth Date: October 22, 1964 – June 7, 1993
Birth Place: Croatia
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5
Weight: 200 lbs
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