Dražen Petrović

Dražen Petrović was born in Šibenik 22 October, 1964. Dražen’s serious approach to the game was sometimes camouflaged by his wide and sincere smile. Because of his distinctive game skills, Dražen became known as the Croatian Mozart. He set new standards for the game across borders, first in Spain for Real Madrid and later with the Portland Trailblazers and New Jersey Nets of the NBA. A star on multiple stages, Petrović earned two silver medals and one bronze in Olympic basketball, a gold and a bronze in the FIBA World Championship and a gold and a bronze in the FIBA European Championship. He represented Yugoslavia and, later, Croatia. He earned four Euroscar Awards, and was named Mr. Europa twice. In 1985 he received the Golden Badge award for best athlete of Yugoslavia. In 2002 he was posthumously enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He died in a car accident on 7 June, 1993.

Leave a Reply