Croatian national basketball player and Philadelphia 76er, Dario Šarić, who is in his NBA rookie season, played in Los Angeles for the first time Saturday night as his side fell to the Clippers 112-100. The 22 year-old Šarić was born in Šibenik and has played for the national side since his U-16 days, where he was voted unanimous MVP of the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. His breakout moment came at the 2016 Rio Olympics where he blocked Pau Gasol’s last second shot to secure the win for Croatia over Spain.
Šarić has been on a tear the last six weeks with fellow rookie teammate Joel Embiid out to injury and the trade of Ersan Ilyasova giving the Croatian a starting spot. Šarić is nearly averaging 20 points per game in that span with his name quickly rising to the top of ‘Rookie of the Year’ talks.
Here’s what Šarić had to say when asked about possibly being named Rookie of the Year, the Croatian basketball federation and if he feels he has to carry on the legacy from the late, great Dražen Petrović, who was also from Šibenik.
Šarić has career night with 29 points vs. Lakers