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Petrovic, Drazen

Born: 1964 AD
Died: 1993 AD
Nationality: Croatian
Categories: Baseball Player

1964 – Born in Šibenik on the 22nd of October.

1982-1983 – Sibenka reached the final of the Radivoj Kora Cup twice losing to CSP Limoges both times.

         – He also brought back the silver from the European Championship for Junior Men in Greece.

1983 – The 18 year-old Petrovi hit two free throws for Šibenka’s victory over BC Bosna Sarajevo in the final playoff game of the Yugoslavian club championship, but the title was taken away from Šibenka the next day by the national basketball federation and awarded to Bosna shortly after, with irregularities in refereeing cited as the reason.

1987 – Petrovi earned his third European trophy: a European Cup Winners Cup title against BC Scavolini Pesaro, whose net he filled with 28 points.

1988 – Summer Olympics Petrovi earned 2nd place, as Yugoslavia lost once more to the Soviet powerhouse.

         – he decided to postpone his departure to the United States and signed with Real Madrid instead, for at that time a hefty sum of around US$ 4 million.

1988-1989 – Season saw Petrovi wear the colors of the Spanish royal club, Real Madrid.

         – He left Spain rather abruptly at the end of the season, bought his way out of the contract with Real, and joined the Blazers.

1990-1991 – The beginning of the season brought Petrovi ‘s frustration to a climax, as his playing time dropped to 7 minutes a game. At his insistence, 38 games into the season, a three-way trade with the Denver Nuggets sent him to the New Jersey Nets.

         – On the 23rd of January, Petrovi became a member of the New Jersey Nets. Petrovi was now a part of a team that featured two of the best young prospects in the league, Kenny Anderson and Derrick Coleman, but a team that hadn’t reached the playoffs.

1993 – His best NBA season and the Nets’ first-round elimination by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Petrovi traveled to Poland, where the Croatian national team was playing a qualification tournament for the Eurobasket.

         – Dražen Petrovi Basketball Hall on the 4th of October, and the city of Zagreb dedicated a square in his name.

         – Died on the 7th of June.

1995 – On the 29th of April, a statue commemorating Petrovi ‘s significance to the world of sports was erected in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland,

2001 – On the 9th of July, having defeated Patrick Rafter at Wimbledon, Croatian tennis player Goran Ivaniševi dedicated the win to his late friend Petrovi and wore Petrovi ‘s Nets jersey amidst the 100,000 strong crowd celebrating his victory in Split.