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He Was WARNED Not to Talk Trash...But Didn't Listen!

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  • Hrvoje Odak
    Hrvoje Odak Year ago +3441

    I have a personal story to share with Drazen. I was a young prospect back then, played in junior team of Cibona Croatian champion, where Drazen used to play. After a summer practice, our couch says: ok guys, you're shooting 3s and the one who wins, stays at an additional practise. We were like, wtf? But I won anyway, I was really good back then. Next thing I know, Drazen walks onto the court, introduces himself and we spent 2 hours in practice. Everything he did, I had to do to. 25 free throws Drazen, 25 free throws me, with Drazen passing me the ball. It was unreal. Oh, and did I mention this was when he was already a huge Nets star and he was in Zagreb on "vacation". Every day he spent in practise. That's how motivated he was. Thanks for this video @Cosgrove, made me cry.
    Edit: wow guys, I did not expect this... I'm really glad you liked the story . Thanks for all the love

    • tdwester
      tdwester Year ago +123

      Wonderful story. He passed way to soon.

    • Michael Frailey
      Michael Frailey Year ago +82

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.

    • Sunmar Allah
      Sunmar Allah Year ago +78

      Peace, I have his rookie card🤲🏾

    • Lando Cantu
      Lando Cantu Year ago +48

      Beautiful memory! Thank you for sharing.

    • Yayo 614
      Yayo 614 Year ago +36

      Great story!

  • Robert DeMartin
    Robert DeMartin 10 months ago +75

    He had an apartment in Hackensack, NJ, during the season and I often had breakfast with him at a local diner. He would always sit at a table away from any TV set because there was a terrible war going on in his Country and he couldn't bear to watch. He was a wonderful man, soft spoken and respectful.
    After the tragedy in Germany all basketball fans and in particular NJ Nets fans were in shock and, to this day, I still think of him once in a while. He was a great, great player.
    There was a day when a mass was held in NYC at the Croatian Catholic Church so that fans, fellow teammates and NBA dignitaries could pay their respects. I was fortunate to be at the mass and it was a very stirring moment. Drazen's mother said his favorite piece of music was 'Ave Maria' and a woman sang it beautifully at the mass and believe me when I tell you, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. For the rest of my life whenever I hear that beautiful song I will always think of that woman singing it at the mass in his honor.

    • S7
      S7 3 months ago +1

      RIP🙏 Drazen - from Brazil

  • James Page
    James Page Year ago +289

    I remember Petrovic clearly. I was 17 when he passed away. Living in NJ and going to Nets games Drazen was 1 of the only stars on the team. He gave real hope to us winning. He was an actual Star and he shined blindingly bright if only for a short time. Cant forget a guy like that. RIP Drazen.

    • Lance Uppercut
      Lance Uppercut 10 months ago +5

      DC, Kenny Anderson, and Petro were a nasty trio. That team was on the up when he passed away. Its a shame.

    • 1Matic Movie Clips
      1Matic Movie Clips 10 months ago +2

      No doubt bro.

    • Goober Picker
      Goober Picker 10 months ago +6

      I was 16 and living in NJ at the time as well. I was a Knicks fan as I grew up in the city but man did I love watching Petro play.

    • Rusted Root
      Rusted Root 10 months ago +4

      I remember too. I was certain he was going to be a great player. Unfortunately his life was cut WAY too short and we lost what could have been another one of the greats.

    • Equinox Shadow
      Equinox Shadow 10 months ago +3

      Too bad he couldn't figure out the importance of using a seat belt. It could have saved his life.
      Take a toy car and put a figurine in there, not strapped down and shake it around.
      Now take a toy car and put a figurine in there, belted and strapped down and shake it around.
      Very obvious why seat belts were invented.

  • pdxtim97209
    pdxtim97209 Year ago +91

    As a native Portlander, I am ashamed at how poorly we treated Drazen. May God forgive us!

    • CopperManArrowz
      CopperManArrowz 5 months ago

      Portland smh

    • Kadeem Corbin
      Kadeem Corbin 4 months ago +7

      Little dramatic lol 😂 they had a pretty deep roster idk if they treated him poorly or he just needed to be on another team where the guard rotation wasn’t sooo crowded … n 40 likes 😂🤣🤣😂 Jesus Christ 🤦🏾🤦🏾🤦🏾

    • zanetusken
      zanetusken 3 months ago +2

      Its ok, karma sent you all the druggies

    • EBK
      EBK 25 days ago

      @zanetuskenstupid 😂😂

  • Stan Salazar
    Stan Salazar Year ago +390

    Damn, I hadn’t heard of him and am not much of a basketball enthusiast but this was an exciting reel! Then it hit me like a ton of bricks when it was revealed that his life was cut short in an accident. Totally knocked the wind out of my sails. RIP Drazen.

    • H. Lightsphere
      H. Lightsphere 11 months ago +7

      Exactly the same here - Im not a majot bb fan (and I was facinated by the competitive rivalry) but I wondered why id never ever come across his name before - its terrible when great potential is cut short like that RIP Drazen.

    • Bruno
      Bruno 10 months ago +9

      Day when Dražen died, Croatian basketball started to decline

    • Gina Duncan
      Gina Duncan 10 months ago +2

      Yeah stunted me too, Rip Germany,s GOAT

    • hapwn
      hapwn 9 months ago +1

      Not a fan, but I remember the name.

      NICK SHARMA 9 months ago +1

      yeah, did not expect that at all. damn

  • Patrik
    Patrik 6 months ago +27

    Much respect for Drazen and his ability to not back down and to play the game he loved. His energy, confidence, mindset, and work ethic is something we all can appreciate. Definitely another great talent gone to soon!

  • SpiritEssence
    SpiritEssence 2 years ago +5493

    Died young, but still managed to immortalize himself into the basketball history. That deserves respect.

  • gillian67ec
    gillian67ec 10 months ago +38

    Drazen! ...I hated him for what he did to Italian teams he played against, but, when he died I cried like I had lost one of my family. We miss you!

  • stevealaska73
    stevealaska73 Year ago +57

    May Drazen Petrovic never be forgotten. What a legend he was. Another one taken too soon.

  • innertubez
    innertubez 10 months ago +49

    It's a shame I didn't know about Drazen Petrovic until he died. Thanks for this video laying out this historical tribute to his talent, his fighting spirit, and the Euro legacy he brought to the NBA.

  • Chris Lemery
    Chris Lemery Year ago +41

    I'm not even a basketball fan and I enjoyed this video immensely. It's fascinating to see 2 people so skilled and so competitive to one another that it left us all spellbound. Rest in peace Drazen.

  • Jon Q
    Jon Q 9 months ago +12

    Much respect to Drazen : He was a true legend who should be credited more for his basketball gifts..

  • J Alvarez
    J Alvarez 3 years ago +476

    I was a 21 year old Nets fan in 93 when my best friend called to tell me that Drazen had died in that car crash in Germany ..I cried like a little kid, like all Nets fans, I was devastated..Went to his Jersey's retirement game against the Pacers at the start of the season with a girl I had just started dating and I cried through the entireme ceremony. My favorite Net ever...rest in peace Drazen.. Pucaj Tricu!

    • Rich Panini
      Rich Panini 3 years ago +7

      All that crying during a date, that relationship did not last long i suppose.

    • duckhorseman
      duckhorseman 3 years ago +14

      Greats seem to leave early. The fact LeBron gave the respect is cool too.

    • Daniel Perkins
      Daniel Perkins 3 years ago +19

      @Rich Panini I was hoping she became his wife

    • Chris Krasniqi
      Chris Krasniqi 3 years ago +20

      Rich Panini Grow up

    • Ni Ri
      Ni Ri 3 years ago +9

      Daniel Perkins she became my wife

  • kkash
    kkash Year ago +96

    Growing up in Chicago I was a huge NBA fan going back to before Jordan played in the NBA. I got to see Jordan play live and also watched every game on tv. I watched those games that Drazen played against the Bulls and Jordan plus any other games Drazen played in that were broadcast nationally. He was a true superstar and not only the best European player I have ever seen but, simply one of the best NBA players I have ever watched. At the end of the season before he died I remember thinking, wow wait till next year, he will be a marquee player. It’s such a shame that he lost his life so young. The NBA not only lost a great player but a great ambassador to the game. The only other players that I have seen play with the same heart and determination were Jordan and Larry Bird and Kobe. What a huge loss, Rest In Peace.

    • m salih
      m salih 9 months ago +2

      Petro for 3? Yes!

    • Javigar13
      Javigar13 9 months ago +1

      That was a really nice take, totally agree. Good taste in basketball

  • Derpy Turtle
    Derpy Turtle Year ago +80

    Dude was a Savant, WELL AND TRUELY ahead of his time, We see what guards were doing in 2018-2019, splitting doubles, running around screens to get open threes, being one of the toughest to guard at the rim, and applied it in an era known as the Big Man era. You can’t take anything away from him.

    • Doodoo Swaggy
      Doodoo Swaggy 10 months ago


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    • Derpy Turtle
      Derpy Turtle 9 months ago +3

      @#DontFeedTheTroll theres a few different meanings of the word savant, but I’m saying he was mentally and intellectually amazing at basketball. Doing things back then that we were only starting to see at high levels of basketball about 15 years later.

  • Tomislav Duić
    Tomislav Duić 10 months ago +36

    Having watched all his career and having been on his funeral, I can only thank you for this video and a great memory of one-of-a-kind human being.

  • Crónicas desde la cripta
    Crónicas desde la cripta 11 months ago +35

    A completely wonderful player, incredible shooter. He played in Spain, Real Madrid team. Same as Fernando Martin, they both died in car accidents and we were very sad for it. Petrovic was practically unstoppable in the basketball court.

  • Terrell Rea
    Terrell Rea 9 months ago +7

    I had the honor of meeting him at basketball camp when I was young and you could just see that he had the Charisma and the talent and the heart for being a great basketball player and it was it was a tragic of losing him at such a young age and there won't be anybody like him again you know but he sure to give Michael a good tough battle

  • Matt Sims
    Matt Sims Year ago +860

    Drazen was a beast! Imagine the mental toughness you needed to have to go tit for tat with MJ and not break. Now, imagine facing MJ with the Dream Team and still thinking "we have a chance, boys!" and he played like it. Guy was fearless AF!

    • Dion St. Michael
      Dion St. Michael Year ago +3

      I’m a beast too! Ask anybody. Wassuup! Wanna go :)

    • dosdadio siapa
      dosdadio siapa Year ago +15

      of course that should be the mentality. To play hard even if you know that you will lost. Do your best and let it happen what will happen.

    • Jason Pierce
      Jason Pierce Year ago +3

      @James Edmonds LMFAO!!!!!!! Come on i think you're being too hard on wittle Dion there. Ahahahaha! He wants to be included in the Convo mane! XD!!

  • Jason Christen
    Jason Christen 8 months ago +15

    Growing up in NJ and going to Nets games, I quickly became a Drazen fan. I remember this 1 game he scored every OT point in a Nets win and on the way out I purchased his jersey...the 1st one I ever owned. I'll never forget listening to the radio while laying in bed and hearing the news of his death when I was 15. Never thought you could be emotionally connected to someone you've never met, but I cried my eyes out that day. You were one of the best basketball players I've ever seen Drazen and I love you for playing hard and never taking it for granted. Thanks for the memories 😢 ❤️

  • CJ Salmagundi
    CJ Salmagundi 4 months ago +5

    Never heard of this guy, but goodness what a beast from what I see in this clip. Cut short so young and suddenly. Much respect to him! 🏀

  • chvzm
    chvzm Year ago +62

    Loved Drazen's game. He was a part of what got me seriously playing hard even when the odds where against our team

    • 25mfd
      25mfd 9 months ago

      the BEST comment on here

    • Tay Daley
      Tay Daley 8 months ago

      He’s got that underdog energy that I love. I’m an underdog in music and always was in sports too. I played basketball and soccer. Have always been good at that and music but no one gives me the chance. That’s why I love guys like him who are also so clearly talented and hardworking but people overlook. Never give up! I’m so glad you got to watch him play over there. If he hadn’t died so soon I would have definitely known him more as I was an avid NBA fan in the 90s. Grew up in Portland. RIP Drazen

  • # Guiltless
    # Guiltless Year ago +25

    Such a shame to lose such an immense talent and great human being..RIP Drazen 🙏🏻

  • Brian Velez
    Brian Velez 7 months ago +2

    Im in tears thanks for this i really didnt k ow about him now i do and he was truly amazing r.i.p "Drazen" :(

  • Jeremy M. Thompson
    Jeremy M. Thompson 3 years ago +742

    I was a 15-years-old growing up in a Chicago suburb when Petro died. I'll never forget the immense sadness that I felt. Petro was fearless and obliterated the myth that Euro players were soft and couldn't play in the NBA. He will always be a legend!

    • Sapienti Sat
      Sapienti Sat 3 years ago +35


    • Jeremy M. Thompson
      Jeremy M. Thompson 3 years ago +26

      @Sapienti Sat Wow! I know that hit you really hard! I will never forget him!

    • Paradox
      Paradox 3 years ago +16

      Amen brother! he was unreal.

    • jamie Allen1977
      jamie Allen1977 3 years ago +6

      i remember that guy

  • ZekaSkope
    ZekaSkope 3 months ago +1

    Cannot believe that I can't remember this guy. What a legend. Imagine what he might have become.

  • ThABaTToSai
    ThABaTToSai 10 months ago +17

    Damn Drazen, you went at the GOAT like you belonged on his level and you held your own every time. RIP

    • gavriil nick
      gavriil nick 9 months ago +10


    • CAM MAC
      CAM MAC 9 months ago

      But theres this factor that separates the likes of gods mj, wilt, kaj from greats such as drazen. Theres also powerscaling in nba lol

    • T-Love
      T-Love 9 months ago

      @CAM MAC there are no gods, just humans.

  • Dr. Kroenen
    Dr. Kroenen 3 months ago +1

    Man I forgot how good this guy was. A shame he passed away so young.

  • Tyson Laplante
    Tyson Laplante 9 months ago +2

    wow i feel this shows how important a team is. michael always had a team behind him where Drazen clearly the mvp on this team and gave his full heart into it.

      HELLRAiSER 9 months ago

      Michael did worked with his team , he didn't have it for himself, he enforced his team .

  • Dominic Eugenio
    Dominic Eugenio 10 months ago +8

    One of my favorite all time players of all time I would watch the nets just to see him shoot pure magic .the will he had to win was impeccable. So sad he tragically died on June 7 1993 he was one of the best and would have been even better .you are still missed draz.but never forgotten can't believe it's almost 30 years you left us R I P brother I hope to meet you on the other side

  • XhopFPS
    XhopFPS 2 years ago +575

    He played basketball for the thrill of the game and to face strong people. Nothing but respect for this man

    • Elvir Hurem
      Elvir Hurem 2 years ago +14

      True example of sportsmen

    • marlo219 219GI
      marlo219 219GI 2 years ago +1

      He’s better than lequeen if u ask me

    • Agent Zeeda
      Agent Zeeda 2 years ago +5

      lol he was the goku of basketball

    • Lourdes Ortiz
      Lourdes Ortiz 2 years ago +1

      @marlo219 219GI How the fuck does LeBron get mentioned here... STOP HATING

  • Saif Rahman
    Saif Rahman 10 months ago +3

    Drazen was such a baller. I teared up at the end. Gone too soon

  • Vajaga
    Vajaga 11 months ago +1

    He is from Croatia, but don't forget that he played for Yugoslavia most of his career! Such a shame he is not among us. He will be remembered as one of the best players ever. R.I.P. legendo!

  • Alejandro Macias
    Alejandro Macias Year ago +56

    As a 90's kid. I remember some of those iconic clips. All I want to say is from my heart I thank you for making these videos. You made my day and I have mad respect for your work.

  • Andrej Zavadlav
    Andrej Zavadlav 9 months ago +3

    A legend, that left us way too quicly. Remember the day of the accident, still getting tears in my eyes whren remembering it. With his brother Aci, that was a splendid 3 point shootet, they formed a team we ex Yu basketball lovers won't ever forget. Also privately a man of honous and respect. Rip

  • Scrappy Spider
    Scrappy Spider Year ago +825

    One of the most underrated players in NBA history. RIP D. Petrovic, NBA really misses players like you

    • Order 66
      Order 66 Year ago +30

      I'd say THE most underrated player in modern NBA. Toni Kukoc used to say he was their MJ...in Croatia. Cut in his prime, what a trajic loss

    • Εvd Leo
      Εvd Leo Year ago +12

      Probably yes because his career in NBA ended tragically but on the other hand he was already a Legend in Europe. One of the best 3 European players ever.

    • Order 66
      Order 66 Year ago +4

      @Εvd Leo Did you follow his career? In Croatia I mean? His game really hit stride in the NBA after a few years when he was allowed to do more but Toni Kukoc said he was the Croatian MJ. In fact some said he had already peaked n was past his prime in America. Such a tragic loss. Great guy and one of the GOATs

    • Εvd Leo
      Εvd Leo Year ago +3

      @Order 66 He was very young and so ahead of the other basketball players in Croatia ( probably his opponents were not so serious in my opinion). His career started when he played for Real Madrid and had great games in Yugoslavia and Croatia National team. He made a mistake to sign with Portland. This player was a superstar in Europe and had so much Ego. The guy wasn't used to play for 10 or 15 minutes from the bench. He took it badly but fortunately he signed for New Jersey and so he showed to his critics how great shooting guard he was. He wasn't something special as a defender but he was a good passer and a stealer. But he was great shooter and a born leader of course which was his biggest advantage. The guy has never been afraid of Michael Jordan and his rediculus trash talking.

    • Order 66
      Order 66 Year ago +4

      @Εvd Leo Jordan was jus tryin 2 get in his ops head. He loved 2 play mind games. But there will never be a player better. It's impossible. MJ today would avg 45 a game. But this was about Petrovic. He's as good a shooting guard as a gunslinger/marksman as anyone I've ever seen. He's way more beloved in America than ppl in Europe probably think. They knew he was the real deal. Croatia was a great team. I felt kinda bad that MJ n Pippen abused Kukoc because the Bulls drafted his rights and they HATED Jerry Krauss, and Kukoc was "his guy". But a player like Dražen will be celebrated for hundreds of years. His greatness crossed continents, race, language, everything. He is the best European player by far. Thanks for all the info! R.I.P. Drežen Petrović. Much love 👍🏼‼️

  • Eric Seitzler
    Eric Seitzler 3 months ago +1

    He is the definition of a guy you hate to play against but loved to have on your team.

  • Duh
    Duh Year ago +1

    At least he did what he loved,was well respected by idols not just fans/family & he was really good at something most people dream about! Nothing but love RIP

  • BlkDiesel
    BlkDiesel 10 months ago +3

    R.I.Power Drazen...he played with no fear. He was simple one of the best European players I ever saw play in the NBA. And, his duels against MJ bought the best out of MJ because he used to get under MJ's skin like Dumars and Mitch Richmond. I don't know if he ever said it publicly but you could see MJ has MASSIVE RESPECT for Drazen. He reminded me of a younger Oscar Schmidt from Brazil...extremely talented, in elite condition and fearless on the court. Again, R.I.Power Drazen.

  • Patrick McClure
    Patrick McClure 10 months ago +2

    What a very talented young player, such a shame his career ended in this way. A Great NBA legend.

  • Pat Conneen
    Pat Conneen 9 months ago +2

    Loved his determination. Didn't back down to anybody.

  • Martina
    Martina 2 years ago +507

    As a Croatian myself I can say that back when he was a kid he didn’t have the conditions to play bc the country was poor and after his basketball training he would break into the gym and train ALONE for 4 hours every day. This man loved basketball soo much and since he died no one in Croatia, imo, even in Europe was born ,to this day,with such love and will for basketball. Rest in peace legend❤️🏀🇭🇷

    •  North Jersey Bob 🥂
      North Jersey Bob 🥂 2 years ago +4

      What about Porzingis?

    • packerpf
      packerpf 2 years ago +3

      2 great athletes just came out of Europe in Porzingis and Giannis and there's loads more that could be named.

    • Vasko Kuzmanov
      Vasko Kuzmanov 2 years ago +13

      You can't compare Porzingis to this guy he was the European Jordan.
      Luka Doncic is going to surpass every European player to ever play in the NBA.

    • freddy
      freddy 2 years ago +15

      Danilo Blandon wut, They play football. Barely 12 countries play cricket in the world at any competitive level.

    • Well*Thy*One
      Well*Thy*One 2 years ago

      Martina breaking and entering, what a criminal

  • Johnny Longshlong
    Johnny Longshlong 8 months ago +3

    I was addicted to Basketball at this time. I would never miss a Bulls game. I used to take days off school "sick" just to watch a replay if I missed the game that night. I have to be honest, I can barely remember Drazen. However, this video shows he was loved and respected. RIP.

    LUIS FRANCO 9 months ago

    Great superstar, may he Rest In Peace. What a talent. World class to say the least.

  • jesus tamez
    jesus tamez Year ago +13

    Man this video dang near me got me in tears. Dont ever let anyone convince you cant do something no matter how impossible the goal is.

  • Jim Johnson
    Jim Johnson Year ago +19

    RIP Drazen. Many my age don’t get to hear about you. Hopefully many more hear about your story

  • Iloyd Martinez
    Iloyd Martinez 10 months ago +2

    Drazen was awesome. When Dirk came into the league and started to find success, the first thing I thought of was, the second coming of Drazen.

  • buffalopatriot
    buffalopatriot 2 years ago +183

    I was living in New York when Petrovic was balling. He was no joke and did a lot for New York basketball. It was a real shocker when he died. He definitely represented European basketball and got it noticed. Rest in Peace Drazen.

    • Sel Sam
      Sel Sam 2 years ago +3

      The Knicks had a hard time with the trio from the Nets . Coleman, Anderson, and Petrovich were fire. And I was a huge Knicks fan but you couldn't front on them under Chuck Daly.

  • Intrepid Venture
    Intrepid Venture Year ago +4

    This kid was special and confident. You can tell he would have been one of the best.

  • Arcade Music Tribute
    Arcade Music Tribute 8 months ago +15

    Dražen Petrovič was probably the best European Basketball player of all time. I can not stress enough how good this guy was. He was a basketball giant! So sad he passed so soon. What a legend! I'm from Slovenia and we have Luka Dončič now who's walking in his steps but when Dražen was playing with Cibona [his team from Croatia] in the 80s, I watched all their games in the Euro League. They had great duels and legendary finals against Žalgiris and their Sabonis from Lithuania. Sabonis also went to NBA. That was some peak Euro basket at that time. I think at that time Euro basket differed in style more from the U.S. than it does today in a sense that it was harder for Euro players to adapt, but Dražen was all about taking challenges. He was so good! Btw - Croatia in 1992 also had Kukoc and Radja. I think Radja also played in the NBA. Their team back then was certainly #2 in the World at that time. It was no coincidence they ended up in the final, but the dream Team back then was on another level - they should've just went play some intergalactic matches against some Alien basketball team because they were just too strong for anyone here at that time :D :D

    • Skinnie
      Skinnie 4 months ago

      Haha no. Nowitzki is far and away the best European NBA player ever.

    • Cujo
      Cujo 3 months ago +2

      @Skinnie Dude impact that Dražen left for European players is something else he opened door dor European players back than

    • jusup djidjimidjimilovic
      jusup djidjimidjimilovic 3 months ago +2

      @Skinnie Well,no. Nowitzki had hell of career in NBA, but several players were better as players, Petrović, Divac, Sabonis and Kukoć. And present Dončić.

    • jusup djidjimidjimilovic
      jusup djidjimidjimilovic 3 months ago +1

      Dino Rađa played in Boston Celtics many years, he was bought as reserve pivot but in first year he become no1 player of Boston and remained on that position until end of NBA career. But Boston was not something this years so he was forgotten.

    • Arcade Music Tribute
      Arcade Music Tribute 3 months ago

      @jusup djidjimidjimilovic Ow yeah - Dino Radja was fantastic

  • MrDarksprayer
    MrDarksprayer 2 months ago +1

    I remember these days of great basketball. Drazen definitely was one of the greats from the old school and hard nose basketball days

  • Original Mindset
    Original Mindset Year ago +37

    It HURT 😞 me so bad, when Petrovic died in that unfortunate and fatal car accident. A LEGEND in his own time, and a DEVASTATING blow to the NJ Nets. RIP my dear friend. #BrickCity

    • Frodo Frodovic
      Frodo Frodovic Year ago +5

      It is nice to read that so many US Americans loved him. Thank you Bro. Greetings from croatia

  • Johnsshow Mauri
    Johnsshow Mauri 11 months ago +2

    When he died it was a gut punch to the league. A lot of players, and coaches like Chuck Daly, really liked and respected this guy.

  • Damon Z. King.
    Damon Z. King. 2 years ago +1160

    I'm from his home town of Šibenik, Croatia. And i remember him very well. He was 3 years older than me. And was a national hero already with 18 years. He was a magnet for people,and for girls. He had a beautiful contagious smile, and wonderful curly hair...But he never spent the nights with the girls outside, never drink or whatever young people of his age doing...All he was interested about was basketball. He used to come at 6 in the morning, every morning, before school, put the chairs all over the floor and dribble through them for 2 hours....And shooting from all directions practicing fast release. Then the cleaners would come and at the 8 he would be in his clasroom. And afternoon he would come again and stay on th floor untill midnight. He was just MAD basketball addict. Very polite nice and humble guy outside, but cold stone killer on the floor. Drazen outside, and in the floor, was two completly different persons. He didn't respect even his own brother. Once he had a free throws against his brother team Cibona, in the game that means NOTHING to Dražen, but means EVERYTHING to his brother team. I don't remember what the game was for, but it was important European championship play off game. He was a player of Real Madrid then. It was few last seconds of the game. And Dražen on the free throw line.He was begging Dražen to miss the throws, saying, please, let us pass this, this game means nothing to you. You are already a champions...but we desperately need this game.He was mentioning some big money award too, if they win the game.Dražen was just look at him, gave him one ironic smile and cold as a stone put both throws inside. He just couldn't imagine to loose the game. His brother didn't wanna speak to him for months after that game.

    • Damon Z. King.
      Damon Z. King. 2 years ago +35

      Cody Levinson Definitely. He was just about to reach his prime.

    • Hassan Abudu
      Hassan Abudu 2 years ago +67

      Thanks for sharing the story. RIP Dražen...

    • wwlb
      wwlb 2 years ago +61

      It's not a good sport behavior to let someone win. Normally it's a crime against sports betting. He just proved he was a true professional. Those who wanted to win should've tried harder.

    • Damon Z. King.
      Damon Z. King. 2 years ago +9

      @Sext Empiric He was not like Dražen but what you say is not true. Aco was good shooter and good playmaker, with little arrogant behaviour. But he contribute a lot to his team.Of course, he was not even close to Dražen. But he was also leading Croatian national team few times, with not so much success.And i never really thought he is capable for that .And i think the same today.

  • Zhubo Tang
    Zhubo Tang 8 months ago +1

    A real gem of a video. I never knew how good he was. Until now, he had no fear.

  • Manny P
    Manny P 10 months ago +2

    A life ( and a stellar sportsman ) taken too soon. What a player.

  • Lorens Kresic
    Lorens Kresic 8 months ago +1

    RIP Drazan Petrovic. You were the greatest for me.

  • Samael Martinus
    Samael Martinus 10 months ago +1

    What an awesome relationship they had.
    Sometimes a bond is built between two great rivals.

  • Javigar13
    Javigar13 9 months ago +7

    Young kids, you dont know how good Drazen was, of you did you would not ever say the words "best shooter ever" on anybody else without thinking. A pleasure to watch him play, true great

    • Skinnie
      Skinnie 4 months ago

      Haha no. Nowitzki is far and away the best European NBA player ever.

  • Jay Chill
    Jay Chill Year ago +380

    Rest on, Drazen. Appreciate what he contributed to the sport and to people who face challenges in any way❤️💯🙏🏾

  • scark00
    scark00 Year ago +2

    I do not watch NBA basketball anymore. But back then with players like these, you couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the talent.

  • CashMoney813
    CashMoney813 Year ago +1

    Dude was a beast def a guy that wasn’t a house hold name bc of the class of guys he had to compete against but one that could shoot your eyes out like a Red Rider BB gun and had energy like the energizer bunny. #RIP

  • The Watchmen
    The Watchmen Year ago +5

    I remember watching him play. I was an amazing shooter! The guy never missed. He was practically automatic. I was so crushed hearing of his accident bc i knew we missed out in watching a great player entertain us RIP

  • Tuco
    Tuco Year ago +19

    Petrovic should have been part of the NBA 75, I know his career was cut short, but his legacy still lives on, he opened the path for international players in the NBA.

  • Johan B
    Johan B 4 months ago +4

    One summer in the 80s my father was on vacation in Croatia on a searesort. He went in the water seeing a guy he knew, but couldn’t place him in his mind right for the moment, so he greeted the guy and they were small talking in the water for the couple of minutes, suddenly my father realised it was’nt a guy back from home, it was Drazen who he have seen so many times on TV during basketball games. My father were so impressed how kind and humble he was, and felt a little a shamed after meeting the legend. Rip Drazen!

  • SKS
    SKS 10 months ago

    Missed out watching these games back in the days. What a miss... Very sad that we all missed out on Petrovic's talent and on court effort because of the tragic car accident.

  • Average Erie Railroad Enjoyer

    The fact that he talked trash to jordan and back it up gives my respect to him. RIP The Fallen Angel.

    • Average Erie Railroad Enjoyer
      Average Erie Railroad Enjoyer 2 years ago +12

      Climb Ontop yeah but at least he had the balls to do it. Even though he lost multiple times, he wasn't afraid to talk trash at Black Jesus so yeah.

    • Average Erie Railroad Enjoyer
      Average Erie Railroad Enjoyer 2 years ago +8

      Climb Ontop same. Mans can shoot.

    • Sub Zero
      Sub Zero 2 years ago +2

      @Average Erie Railroad Enjoyer I ain't afraid to trash talk professional that doesn't mean ima win what respect does that get 😂😂... Congrats u trash talked and lost good job lol.

  • Troy Allen
    Troy Allen 11 months ago +2

    So sad to lose such an amazing talent at such an early agearly age I never knew until this day I don't follow basketball but who doesn't know Michael Jordan and Petrovitch now rings a bell and my head everyday from this day forward

  • David Stith
    David Stith 11 months ago +4

    Rest in peace, Drazen. He was a great player. I remember him.🙏

  • Cosmicpolitan
    Cosmicpolitan 9 months ago +3

    I remember getting a Petrovic 1992-1993 Topps Gold Card when I was 12 and was super excited about it haha. Seems like 50 lifetimes ago. But he was an absolute sniper with the basketball. Dude could put your lights out all day with long / short-range jumpers.

  • fred stahl
    fred stahl 11 months ago +1

    Drazen was a beast!!! He always gave mj a hard time!!!! R.i.p

  • Kabamaru Iga No
    Kabamaru Iga No 9 months ago +3

    Croatia had an amazing team, but imagine playing against united Yugoslavia. I remember our Greek team playing against them and Drazen was a nightmare although still young. Definitely one of the best European players of all time.

      NENAD MORDŽIN 8 months ago

      Believe me Galis was also for Yugoslavia especially in EC in Greece 1987 and you even stop our revenge for the lost against USSR in Seoul in 1989 when was our home court for the EC.

  • Ivan Camaro
    Ivan Camaro 3 years ago +397

    I had the honor of knowing him personally as a kid, he was our hero. And really great and simple guy. You are truly missed Dražen.

    • Margarita M
      Margarita M 3 years ago +9

      Here from Mexico we will miss him, great player not haughty at all.

    • Reek Goes Outside
      Reek Goes Outside 2 years ago +1

      Was he a great ballplayer as a kid?

    • Ivan Camaro
      Ivan Camaro 2 years ago +5

      @Reek Goes Outside Yeah, basically he was a basketball prodigy, but I was a kid in the 80's when he was already a well known famous athlete in our country and beyond. He's older than me. 16 years older.

    • letsall getalong
      letsall getalong 2 years ago +2

      😥 sad man, what a shame, criminal he was taken on the eve of his prime!

    • Ivan Camaro
      Ivan Camaro 2 years ago +1

      @letsall getalong Yeah, truly sad, I guess it was "in the stars" for him to go this early and in this way. Unfortunately.

  • Bangpaulxu
    Bangpaulxu Year ago +5

    I come back every month just to rewatch this! Cosgrove never disappoints !!!!💯💯💯

  • jeremiah johnson
    jeremiah johnson 10 months ago +1

    I remember him well on the Blazers, I live in Portland and followed the team at the time, it was a difficult situation for him because the Blazers already had Clyde Drexler as the starting SG, and next to Jordan he was the top SG in the NBA at the time. Petrovic could clearly play but he wasn't going to get significant PT on the same team as Clyde the Glide. I was happy for him when he went to NJ and got some real playing time, then proved he was for real in the NBA. The car accident was a shock, he was so young and still had years ahead of him in the NBA. A shame.

  • I H
    I H 10 months ago

    He could achieve so much more. It's such a tragedy. Croatian team was playing in Germany and everybody was flying back home but he decided to drive back with his girlfriend. I remember when it happened. The whole country was in shock.

  • Concrete Jungle
    Concrete Jungle 10 months ago +2

    I remember watching this guy play in the NBA back then and remember saying to myself... This guy is fearless 🔥🔥🔥

  • Jasna. Zagreb. Croatia

    Počivaj u miru legendo💞💞💞🙏

  • Michael Cheng
    Michael Cheng Year ago +358

    Respect 🔥 The fact that Petrovic came up against Jordan with all he’s got just shows how confident and capable he was and how much he loved the game. Challenging the GOAT and not backing down warrior style, always giving the game his best, pioneering European basketball, mad respect right there. R.I.P. legend 🙏🏻

    • Cabell Perry
      Cabell Perry Year ago +3

      We know who the best is #23

    • thagoff
      thagoff 11 months ago +3

      everyone tried to challenge the GOAT, but every single one of them turned out to be a push-over, including drazen.

    • Ben Moore
      Ben Moore 11 months ago +3

      Yeah, he was able to have some success against Jordan. The narrative that he was a threat of any kind to Jordan is preposterous. If MJ played at 100% and Drazen played at 100%, Jordan would win every time.

    • Joe Lazarus
      Joe Lazarus 10 months ago +1

      So we're congratulating Petrovic for doing what he's SUPPOSED TO DO?? lol
      Pro basketball standards has gone down in this era.

    • Ricky Spanish
      Ricky Spanish 10 months ago +2

      @Joe Lazarus Every player in the NBA is supposed to produce cause youre in the premier league, but do they all produce? In every performance based job, recognition is warranted. You're not talking about toll booth attendants.

  • Tommy D
    Tommy D Year ago +8

    RIP Drazen. Fantastic player, loved to see him lighting up the bulls and Jordan.

    • Ben Hibma
      Ben Hibma 9 months ago +2

      Bulls fan 46 years. Drazen was different. In a time when the fear of Jordan was growing. Drazen never backed down and welcomed the challenge. People were scared of Jordan’s shadow back then. Petro was an animal out there. One of my all time favorites

  • VintageElii
    VintageElii 11 months ago +2

    Wow!! I will forever remember this guy!! What a legend !!

  • WhoTendsThe Fire?
    WhoTendsThe Fire? 10 months ago +1

    And as it turned out...he was all that, and much more!
    Dude played up in the lights! A true highflyer!

  • Patrick Pope
    Patrick Pope 10 months ago +3

    This was great, I followed Drazen Petrovich career and a heck of a ball player, jumpers out of nowhere and baseline moves, if he was on a more talented team he would have won multiple championships, yes he was that good and still very great in Heaven.

  • Easy Way
    Easy Way 9 months ago

    Počivaj u miru legendo!

  • Matt Delaney
    Matt Delaney 2 years ago +380

    Petro was unreal....I consider myself lucky to have seen so many of his games while he was on the Nets. Just a special player.

    • Guy Guy
      Guy Guy 2 years ago +13

      Cody Levinson He scored over 100 points in one game people forget that. And what MJ is for Americans and the World, Petrović is to us Croatians

    • Sion thefool
      Sion thefool 2 years ago +2

      @Guy Guy 100% true but the level of competition also plays a role.

    • Guy Guy
      Guy Guy 2 years ago +3

      @Sion thefool true but 100 points is 100 points and he scored 112

    • Ivan N
      Ivan N 2 years ago +4

      david carrasquilla Just look up on youtube for games when he played for Cibona Zagreb 85/86, they were european champions back then, it was magical.

    • Sppecials
      Sppecials Year ago

      @Ivan N @ back then I thought it was a top basketball, now I know it was just a second hand level basketball compared to nba.

  • Vato Loko
    Vato Loko 10 months ago +1

    What a sad ending to a wonderful beginning RIP legend.

  • Fred Tapalo
    Fred Tapalo Year ago +3

    He was a legend, and had team power, May his soul rest in peace

  • Thomas Engel
    Thomas Engel 7 months ago +5

    Personally he is not just the best European player, i think he is the best player of all time. People praise his game in the NBA with the Nets and he only played for the Nets with 10% his capacity. He only needed a little more time to adapt to the NBA tempo and if Portland gave him green light from the get-go he would have been greater than MJ. Things he was doing was unreal and his work ethics and killer instinct, when challenged, were out of this world. RIP

    • Sonder.
      Sonder. 4 months ago

      That’s theoretical but I can see your point, drazen was ahead of his time just like jordan but with different appoach to the game. He wasn’t as athletic as players throughout the 90’s, yet he still was cooking them and going toe to toe with mj every matchup. To some extent he paved the way for other european players who don’t rely on athleticism instead by just sticking to pure fundamentals.

  • LastbutNotFirst
    LastbutNotFirst Year ago +1

    i remember their battles on the court. thats how good this guy was.

  • Tom Hank
    Tom Hank 10 months ago +1

    He was the best player we will all miss him he was too young to leave

  • Lior Lotem
    Lior Lotem Year ago +156

    Such a pity that most of today's NBA fans and even those of that time haven't had the chance to watch Drazen at his pre-NBA years in Europe. Playing for Cibona Zagreb and later on for Real Madrid he was literally unstoppable and was capable of taking the whole team on his, then skinny, shoulders to win a game.
    Drazen was one of those players that even if you were a fan of the opposing team and he was destroying you bucket after another you just couldn't help admiring him. Just like MJ, people came to see him play even if their beloved team had no chance whatsoever. A true and unique genius of the sport, Drazen's tragic passing at the young age of 28 left me and every other basketball fan in the world in complete shock.
    R.I.P. Drazen - I am thankful to have had the chance of seeing you play.
    For me you will always be the greatest European player to have ever played the game !

    • CrowRidgeWoodworking
      CrowRidgeWoodworking Year ago +2

      This is the first time I’ve ever heard of him. What a legend though. RIP

    • MrsCrazyrange
      MrsCrazyrange Year ago +1

      @CrowRidgeWoodworking there’s an ESPN 30 for 30 about him and Vlade Divac that’s well worth a watch.

    • Skinnie
      Skinnie 4 months ago

      Nowitzki is easily the greatest European NBA player of all time and we got to watch him for decades.

  • Trapstarr Quita
    Trapstarr Quita Year ago +5

    He definitely was a beast rip 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • Diego Camarero
    Diego Camarero 8 months ago +1

    I was a teenager when he was an actual demon playing for Cibona. When he arrived at Real Madrid before his NBA career, he was virtually unstoppable. He had not only a lethal fast 3 points shoot but also was super-skilled dribbling and a gifted passer. His offensive awareness and aggression were well above his physical abilities. Sure, he was not the NBA athleticism stereotype but damn, he did not need to be athletic to dominate the game! Like other IQ basketball freaks like Stockton, he could push his game further than you could expect. Let's put it simply: he was a European version of Steph Curry. Nothin lesser.

  • T- Mensah
    T- Mensah Year ago

    Never head of him as I was too young at his time. My heart sank getting to know such gem only had a short life. My he rest in Perfect Peace.

  • Workin4 ALivin'
    Workin4 ALivin' Year ago +1

    Jordan loved the challenge. Drazen was fearless because he understood Jordan. Warrior respect.

  • Grouchy Old Woman
    Grouchy Old Woman Year ago +2

    So sad he was very young. R.I.P. Drazen.

  • Viggaracci
    Viggaracci 2 years ago +287

    I had to hold my tears in at the end of the video. Never heard of him but respect him so much now after seeing this.
    RIP, brata...

    • Stephen Irby
      Stephen Irby 2 years ago +1

      Man who you telling

    • Jack M
      Jack M 2 years ago +1

      Stephen Irby lmfao🤣🤣🤣

    • KarlbushtheIV
      KarlbushtheIV 2 years ago +2

      Yeah. I got a little welled up there and I'm not even a big basketball fan (not that I have against it). Everyone liked watching the Bulls back when I was a kid though.

    • Dionysus Khanyile
      Dionysus Khanyile 2 years ago

      Same here

    • djam2489
      djam2489 2 years ago

      I was just about there with you. That was incredibly sad. Definitely didn't see that coming.

  • Elron Humpperdink
    Elron Humpperdink Year ago +2

    The “you ain’t all that” and “you can’t stop me” back and forth is like that masculine trash talk that you just can’t help and actually ramps up the energy of the game. No throwing fists or chairs, just “you’ll regret those words” and then have a dunk or a three pointer to back it up.

  • Host
    Host Year ago +1

    Wow thank you for sharing this great video. Drazen is an absolute legend I didn't even know about him, not that I know much about bball but not heard of him nevertheless. He should have been portrayed better for commoners like me to have appreciated him. Legends always live on. Grrrr

  • Ricardo Pena
    Ricardo Pena 2 months ago +1

    I am lucky to have seen Petro on Sports channel on a regular when he was with the Nets it hit me hard when he passed so abruptly he was an incredible passer shooter and defender Petro would have definitely been mentioned for the HOF if he kept those stats going and unfortunately we will never know RIP

    • C71
      C71 2 months ago +1

      That Nets team had great potential. Some people really don't know basketball! I bet people don't even think they've ever been to the NBA finals as a team WITH J. Kidd!