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Dino Radja
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In his first NBA game, on Nov. 5, 1993, Radja had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists off the bench in a 111-108 loss to the host Knicks. “Coach [Chris Ford] told me to come in some time in the first quarter and I remember standing by the scorer’s table waiting to get in, and I look around and you think like the little boy from Split [Croatia] is entering the basketball league where [John] Havlicek stole the ball,” Radja said. “Bill Russell played and won eight titles in a row, where Larry [Bird] and Kevin [McHale] played. I played with Chief [Robert Parish], I shared the same locker room with him. You see all the banners out there and I’m about to enter in the game and your emotions are really high. “That feeling I will never forget.”
“I faced a lot of skepticism when I came in because people didn’t know anything about European players,” Radja said. “They thought I don’t know English. They thought I can’t play. I remember [general manager] Jan Volk telling me what kind of skepticism I will be facing, and he told me, ‘Don’t worry about. I’ve followed you for a long time. You just go in and play hard.’ “Early it wasn’t easy, a 26-year-old rookie had to carry the bags, which I did for a very short time. Two months down the road I was starting already. It was a great feeling.”
Former world champion with Yugoslavia and two-time EuroLeague champion with Jugoplastica Dino Radja will be officially inducted into the Hall Of Fame on Friday (7/9). Ahead of his induction, Radja remembers the one and only, the Mozart of basketball, Drazen Petrovic. “We were great friends. He used to call me in the middle of the night talking about water polo, soccer, handball,” Radja noted, as adapted by masslive. “We would talk for an hour, at least every time.”