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This summer will mark Zubac’s return to the national team and it’s an ambitious one. “I think we have a really good chance to do something in the EuroBasket this summer,” Zubac said. “We got a lot of good players and I think that this is the year that we’re all going to come together. We can get a good result. Of course [I’m committed]. I’ll be there. Hopefully, everyone else will. I think we have a good team and this is a good chance for us to finally fight for the medal.”
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Dino Radja: ‘I still think about Drazen Petrovic a lot’

“It was awful, just awful. For weeks I just thought about it. In the first practice, we stood on the court and just cried. We were not able to play at all. He was one of my best friends. We talked almost every day, we were together a lot. Many years passed, but I still think about him a lot. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen, and he also helped me a lot as a player. His way of thinking was so unique. In training, when someone was wrong, Drazen was the first to get upset and comment. Even before the coach. He swept you to strive for the best”.
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Petrovic’s close friend and Hall of Famer Dino Radja spoke to Walla and reflected on the moment he learned about the news of his passing, in a traffic accident on the evening of June 7, 1993, and how it still affects him to date. “We were on the team together, we played in the European Championship qualifiers in Berlin, and we were supposed to meet for further training in Zagreb,” Radja tells Walla. “At two in the morning, I got a phone call. My mom called me and informed me. It was one of the most horrible moments of my life. I called Mirko Novosel, who confirmed it was true. At first, I thought maybe he was just injured, but the worst happened”.

Goran Sobin (1963-2021)

Goran Sobin died on Sunday after suffering cardiac arrest, Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija reported Monday. He was 59. Major highlights of his playing career, the 1989 and 1990 titles in the FIBA European Champions Cup, the predecessor of the modern-day EuroLeague. Playing with Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja, Dusko Ivanovic, Velimir Perasovic, Zoran Savic, and others, he was among the key players of KK Jugoplastika. A legendary lineup coached by Bozidar Maljkovic.
Legendary Croatian-born NBA player Drazen Petrovic will be portrayed in Danilo Serbedzija’s upcoming biopic film “Higher Force – The Drazen Petrovic Story” (working title). The film was penned by Ivan Turkovic Krnjak (“Lovebox”) and is being produced by Ljubo Zdjelarevic and Ivor Siber at Zagreb-based Kinoteka. The film will shoot next year in Croatia, Germany, and in the U.S. across Portland and New Jersey. It will be released in 2023 on the 30th anniversary of Petrovic’s death. One of Croatia’s best known filmmakers, Serbedzija previously directed “Tereza37” which was Croatia’s official Oscar entry this year. His other directorial credits include “72 Days” which was Croatia’s Oscar entry in 2011, and “The Liberation of Skopje” which he co-directed with his father, the actor-director Rade Serbedzija.