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Earnings: $19,729,500 ($32,689,331*)
Earnings: $19,729,500 ($32,689,331*)
Dino Radja and Dee Brown, together again at last. The wheels for their reunion kicked into gear about a year ago, when Radja, a walking bucket with the Celtics from 1993-1997, finally joined Instagram. At 53 years old, the Naismith Hall of Famer is not IG’s target demo. “I don’t like this new social media technology,” says Radja, from his home in Zagreb, Croatia. “It makes us all more stupid. But it reconnected me with Dee, and I’m so happy for that.”
Brown spent eight years in Boston, three as a captain. He’s still sixth all-time in steals, one of two Celtics to win a dunk contest and two Browns to wear the No. 7. He’d never met a player like Dino – “He was one of my better friends when I was playing.” – so he was happy to get the message. Still, he never imagined he’d end up at a hotel in Zagreb, waiting for a ride to his old friend Dino Radja’s house. He certainly never imagined that old friend, all 6-feet-10-inches of him, would arrive in a Smart car. “He picked me up and I was like, ‘Dino, what are you doing driving around in a two-seater? This is so European.’ He was still the same guy. So humble.”
Dino Radja shared his takes on various topics stretching from the NBA to his 2018 induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame talking to the Croatian news website Index.hr. Plenty of strong opinions presented by the retired player, former member of the Boston Celtics. “When the comparisons between LeBron and Jordan start, I vomit,” he argued, “My son assures me that LeBron is better but for me, it’s not a discussion. If he had played twenty years ago, LeBron wouldn’t have been able to do even half of this. Today, when LeBron enters the paint, everyone moves away from him, but Jordan was getting beaten like no one and he still dominated. In front of LeBron were Kobe Bryant and some others. I respect LeBron but Kobe was better.”
Dino Radja: It is difficult to write something about Drazen that has not already been written. Yet after watching the Last Dance I have to make a comparison. I’m not going to talk about playing qualities because it doesn’t matter in this situation. Just the mind. Everything in Jordan’s head was in Drazen’s. Identical. That’s why he was what he was. A winner above all. Games were lost here and there, championships and titles, but it was the mind that did not allow surrender and that pushed forward without compromise. From him, my mind also learned a lot and copied unconsciously. Who then has an idea of anything. And now to confirm only one situation that few people know. Drazen’s last match against Slovenia in Poland. Totally irrelevant because we played the qualifying finals and the first three go to the European Championships. It means a match for nothing. Nobody even needs to play. However, this was never an option for him.
Crotian Hall of Famer Dino Radja talked about the end of his Boston Celtics experience with contra.gr: «Υοu cannot work with a person who has lied to you. When he came to the Celtics i had heard rumors that he wants to get rid of everybody. For 4 years i was among the best players of the team. I felt i have the right to ask him directly about his plan. I went to see him to ask him if he wanted to trade me. I told him ‘i m 30 years old and i have the feeling that i have gain every right to ask you if you want to trade me. And i want you to give me an honest answer. If you don’t like me it is fine by me. It is your prerogative to trade me. it’s just business. Just say so and if you trade me i would like to go to a competitive team. Don’t send to me any whorehouse. This is something i deserve, after everything i have done for the Celtics and in my career’. He told me ‘no, i don’t have the slightest interest to trade you. I want to build the team around you”.
Dino Radja: “After few days i found out he trade me to the worst organization there was back then: the Sixers. I could have react in many different ways. The Balkans are smarter than the Americans. So i decide to don’t lose my right. I didn’t ask him to trade me to the champions. I just wanted to play in a good team. But he didn’t want to do that. I wasn’t trade because of my knee. If i would, i could finalize the trade. But that was something i didn’t want to do. So, we agreed on letting me go back to Europe».”