HoopsHype Drazen Petrovic rumors
At approximately 5:20 p.m., they encountered a truck that had crashed through the guard rails and was blocking all lanes of traffic. According to the police, the truck driver got out of his vehicle to try to warn oncoming traffic. But it was too late. Szalantzy's attempt to turn away from the truck left Petrovic most vulnerable on impact. Petrovic, who was sleeping, flew out of the front window. His head hit the truck's diesel tank and he died instantly. Edebal, who is 6-2, wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was crushed in the back seat. New York Daily News
Edebal says Szalantzy endured emotional distress following the crash, including death threats from fans of Petrovic, but also bears some blame for the accident. Based on information she gathered from police reports, Edebal says Szalantzy was speeding along the Autobahn - a German highway with no set limit - and that other cars were able to avoid the disabled truck because they weren't traveling as fast. "She didn't mean to kill (Petrovic), but she was driving way too fast," Edebal says. "And she ruined my life." Edebal vaguely remembers Szalantzy visiting her in the hospital, and then subsequent meetings at coffee shops after returning to Munich. It's all a blur. Edebal doesn't know now if the accident was ever brought up in conversation. New York Daily News
"I really don't remember what we talked about," says Edebal. "Then all of a sudden she disappeared anyway. She got married. I haven't seen her in a long time." New York Daily News
Reed had a five-year extension offer on the table for Petrovic, a free agent who also was entertaining a $4 million-per-year offer from a team in Greece, Panathinaikos. People close to the situation anticipated Petrovic would return to New Jersey, especially since the Nets' offer - although lower than what he might have received in Europe - would have made him the league's second-highest-paid two-guard behind only Michael Jordan, says Reed. "I'm pretty sure he was going to end up back with us," Reed says. "He liked playing in New Jersey. He had a lot of friends in New York. New York was an ideal place for him." New York Daily News
Divac and Petrovic once were best friends, and you would think that would count for a lot/something. But there are certain parts of the world where nationalistic pride dissolves bonds once thought indelible. Not saying that's right or wrong, just how it is, and watch a soccer match between two former warring nations and see if you don't agree. I'll never forget the tears that welled in Divac's eyes when I asked about the troubles back home, knowing I never would understand them in the way he did. Las Vegas Review-Journal
For the documentary, Divac had a chance to sit down with Petrovic’s parents. Twenty years later, it was an opportunity to comfortably walk in a region of his native land that once loathed his kind. “Everything is fine there now,’’ said Divac. “The war will always stay on people’s minds, especially if they lost somebody in this stupid war. “For me, the trip to Croatia was helpful, but there’s still sadness of the early 1990s and the stupid war and missing Drazen. It’s terrible. “The way I see it, if you’re a friend, you’re a friend forever, not a part-time friend. And the war hurt many people and I am just glad many of us have been able to recover.’’ Boston Globe
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