Nearly 25 years after his death, Croatian basketball legend Drazen Petrović is still making headlines on ESPN, senior writer Zach Lowe explains. Last night in Brooklyn, Petrović was honored by the Nets in a pregame ceremony which saw his mother, Biserka, and nephew, Marko, attend. The 2002 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee has left a legacy which will remain for future generations to come.
This is a great piece by Lowe which illustrates how future players will be impacted by Petrović’s move to the United States. Slovenian superstar Luka Dončić, who is projected to be the #1 pick in the draft this year, has been told dozens of stories of Petrović’s past by current coach Igor Kokoskov.
“Kokoskov told Dončić about how, during Yugoslavia’s run to the 1989 EuroBasket championship in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), Petrović would wake up before 6 a.m., drag an assistant coach into his red Porsche 911, and drive to a gym for a workout while the rest of the team slept. He would return two or three hours later, dripping in sweat, and eat breakfast with his groggy teammates.”