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Drazen Petrovic
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Basketball Player
    (October 22, 1964-June 7, 1993)
    Born in Sibenik, Croatia (Hrvatska
    Shooting guard
    Played for BC Sibenka (1979-83), BC Cibona (1984-88), Real Madrid (1988-89), Portland Trailblazers (1989-91) and New Jersey Nets (1991-93)
    Died in an automobile accident in Germany
    #3 retired by the Nets
    Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (2002)
    He trash talked his brother when they played against each other in Yugoslavia.
    When their mother urged him to back off a little, he replied, 'If you can't take it, don't come to the games.'
    He saw little playing time with Portland, averaging 12.6 minutes, mostly in garbage time, during his first season.
    He was unhappy with the Nets for taking too long to renegotiate his contract and was considering leaving the NBA to play pro basketball in Greece.
    He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the fatal accident.
    Growing up, he practiced seven hours a day, declaring 'I love this. This is my life, like breathing.'
    He won Olympic silver medals with Yugoslavia (1988) and Croatia (1992).
    During his first year with the Nets, he was second in the NBA in three-point percentage.
    He was called 'the European Michael Jordan.'
    Commissioner David Stern said that he 'paved the way for other international players to play successfully in the league.'
    When fellow Croat Goran Ivanisevic won Wimbeldon (2001), he dedicated the victory to Petrovic and wore Petrovic's Nets jersey to a celebration in the city of Split.

Credit: C. Fishel

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