HoopsHype Drazen Petrovic rumors

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Relationships remain Lopez’s greatest currency and inspiration. In his apartment, there is a poster of former Knicks guard John Starks’ famous lefthanded dunk over Jordan and Horace Grant in the 1993 playoffs. Lopez sees Starks at community events for the Knicks. There is also a photo of Drazen Petrovic, the Croatian scorer, because his girlfriend, Kero, is Croatian. Lopez loved Petrovic’s spirit as a player, and tries to channel it on and off the court. He keeps a photo of himself with David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, on a table in his living room. It is not from draft night; rather it is from a community center with children. “I blew through a lot of money, but, for me, I knew money was never going to bring happiness,” Lopez says. “I spent on me and my family. At the end of the day, they are who is around me. I’m back where I started with more than when I began.” New York Daily News

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That whole thing was being at the forefront — and in the middle — of a globalization that has transformed the sport. In 1989, he helped persuade Marciulionis to sign with the Golden State team his dad coached. Eastern Europeans Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc and others also came to the NBA about the same time the Berlin Wall fell. “I grew up shagging balls for the old Celtics, so I knew what an NBA player looked, breathed and smelled like,” Nelson said. “So I would come back and say, ‘Hey, Dad, there’s a Larry Bird over there, only this guy is 7-4.’ When you’re over there and actually locking horns with them, you realize these guys belong.” That 7-4 Larry Bird to whom Nelson referred was former Soviet and EuroLeague superstar Arvydas Sabonis. He was drafted by Portland in 1986 but didn’t arrive in the NBA until nearly a decade later after foot injuries had robbed him of his mobility. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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What's the rumor we hear about NBA Jam being haunted? We had already finished making NBA Jam when Drazen Petrovic died. The game had already shipped and he was on the Nets. So we had all of these coin-op machines around, and one night we were playing Mortal Kombat and there was a Jam machine next to it, and all of a sudden the game started calling out "Petrovic!" "Petrovic!" And this only happened after Petrovic had died. Everyone started freaking out. Something weird was going on with the software, and to this day, if you have an original NBA Jam machine every once in a while it will just yell out "Petrovic!" It's wild. ESPN.com

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The late Drazen Petrovic is the clear No. 1 in the results of a poll conducted among 38 Eurobasket players in which we asked who were the Top 5 Europeans ballers of all time. The players competing at the tournament apparently put a lot of stock in the performances at FIBA championships as Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis and Dejan Bodiroga – with 11 NBA seasons combined – made the Top 4 while All-Stars like Detlef Schrempf, Predrag Stojakovic and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were massively snubbed and Dirk Nowitzki, the only Euro to win regular season and Finals MVP, ended up in a surprising fifth position. HoopsHype

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Petrovic, Drazen Petrovic's brother, said some of his star's problem was to due to his experience in the NBA, "14 months not playing and frustration," meaning his limited use by the Nets. Petrovic did say the dispute was not irredeemable, but in his most biting comment said, "Mirza must understand that there is no player in the world, including Drazen Petrovic , who played without teammates" The accusations required Teletovic to issue a statement in which he promised "I will do even more in order to fulfill all the ideas selector have, because our goal is all the same, and it's a better result at the European Championships in Slovenia." The dispute was laid out on Twitter by Bosnian blogger, Ademir Avdic. NetsDaily

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This week I spoke to Biserka Petrovic, the mother of the late basketball genius Drazen Petrovic, who was born on October 22, 1964 in Sibenik, Croatia and died on June 7, 1993 in Denkendorf, Germany. His mother and biggest fan, who is also the driving force behind the Drazen Petrovic Museum and Foundation, wants to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death with a game between KK Cibona Zagreb and the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, the two teams for which Drazen had his best performances in his short, but great career. It is an idea that deserves support. I really hope that such a game could take place next October at Zagreb Arena. Drazen deserves this effort. Euroleague.net

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NBA basketball side the Brooklyn Nets could be set to play a match in the Croatian capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its former Croatian star Drazen Petrovic. The Brooklyn Nets, who were called the New Jersey Nets when Petrovic was a star there in the early 1990′s, will play a match against Petrovic’s former club Cibona in Zagreb if there is enough interest, it was reported on Euro Leagues website. Croatia Week

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In the early ’90s, the Nets looked like a team on the rise, with a young core of Kenny Anderson, Drazen Petrovic and Derrick Coleman. Led by future Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly, the Nets were 43-39 and pushed the 54-win Cavaliers to a decisive fifth game in the first round of the 1993 Eastern Conference playoffs. But everything changed on June 7, 1993, the day Petrovic died in a car crash in Europe. “When we had Drazen die,” Anderson said last night, “that turned the organization back a few years . . . more than that.” New York Post

February 26, 2012 Updates

On Monday, Kelly Dwyer noted that New Jersey Nets sharpshooter Anthony Morrow had plans to honor franchise legend Drazen Petrovic at Saturday's Three-Point Contest. It was a great idea to pay tribute to one of the Nets' best players ever, a guy who would have gone on to accomplish even more in the NBA if his life hadn't been cut short by a terrible car accident in 1993. Morrow followed through on his promise, wearing a classic Petrovic jersey during his first-round run during the Three-Point Contest (screenshots via SB Nation). And while Morrow's 14 points weren't enough for him to advance to the competition's final round, most everyone agreed that his gesture made him the event's emotional winner. Yahoo! Sports

February 20, 2012 Updates

Anthony Morrow will use the All-Star break as an opportunity a pivotal figure in Nets history and a superstar lost to early. Morrow will participate in the three-point shooting contest this weekend wearing a Drazen Petrovic jersey. Petrovic was a Net for two-plus years, from midway through the 1990-91 season until 1993, and left a large impression on the franchise. He died in a car crash at 28 years old that summer. His No. 3 jersey is one of five retired by the organization after he spent his only two full seasons with the team averaging more than 20 points-per-game in each. Newark Star-Ledger

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There is an imperative episode missing from Hilal Edebal's brain, unremembered over 18 years of haze. As with a lot of incidences and acquaintances since the accident, she can't recall anything about the day her neurons shifted and her former life was snatched away. She only recently recognized it was the same car crash that killed Drazen Petrovic and devastated two basketball communities – one in Croatia, the other in New Jersey. New York Daily News

Edebal was the other passenger in the red Volkswagen with Petrovic speeding along a German superhighway on June 7, 1993. To newspaper readers in this country, where Edebal was scheduled to enter her second season at Niagara University, she wasn't even at the scene. Reports at the time misidentified her name as Hilal Haene and her age as 53 - off by a considerable 30 years. Her tragic story was lost, not only in the immediate aftermath, but also in the ensuing years of stories and documentaries. Her budding basketball career, which included a spot on the Turkish national team, was destroyed on impact. Her brain was shaken and driven backward, Edebal says, resulting in eight comatose weeks and a rescinded scholarship at Niagara. New York Daily News

"It's been a tough time. Drazen died, it's really horrible, I know, but if he would have survived, I don't know how it would have been for him," Edebal says. "If you see the car, you know he couldn't have continued playing basketball. And I don't know if he could have handled not playing basketball. "It was tough enough for me. I was in therapy for a very long time. I had lost my memory completely. I couldn't find my way around in Munich, even though I grew up there. No matter where I went, my parents had to drive me there and back." New York Daily News

Edebal took the trip as a favor to Szalantzy, a longtime friend and former basketball teammate, who wanted company for the 250-mile trek from Munich to the airport in Frankfurt. They picked up Petrovic, who had arrived with the Croatian national team following a European Championships qualifying game in Poland. According to his lawyer, Nicholas Goyak, Petrovic decided against flying to Croatia with the rest of his teammates because he was eager to see his girlfriend. A long-distance relationship afforded them little togetherness. "I'll talk to you when I get back to Zagreb (in Croatia)," Petrovic told Goyak over the phone before getting in the car. New York Daily News

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