Petrovic Drazen Petrovic

1988 · 1989
Place of birth
Sibenik (Croatia)
Year of birth
22/10/1964

“The Sibenik genius”

A master player and basketball legend. The Croatian shooting guard was one of the most talented players ever produced by the Old Continent. He left his mark and stamp on every team he played for. Cibona, Real Madrid, Portland Trail Blazers and Nets were witnesses to this and enjoyed his quality basketball.

His signing by Real Madrid was not easy. At the time, end of the eighties, Yugoslav players under the age of 28 could not sign for foreign clubs. The rules had to be changed to allow Drazen Petrovic to sign for Madrid, forming with Biriukov, Rogers, Fernando Martin  and company one of the most brilliant teams in basketball history.

The Whites’ fans will never forget the sublime play of the Sibenik genius during the European Cup Winner’s Cup final against Snaidero Caserta in 1989. His 63 points and his masterful control of the play gave the club a new continental title. At that precise moment he reached legend status for Real Madrid fans.

Once crowned king of Europe, the NBA cast its nets over him. US fans also appreciated his undisputable quality, however destiny crossed his path. In the spring of 1993 his career was cut short forever by a tragic car accident on the A-9 freeway between Nuremberg and Munich.


Honours

Copa del Rey (1989).
European Cup Winner’s Cup (1987 with Cibona, and 1989 with Real Madrid).
European Cup (1985, 1986 with Cibona).
Yugoslav League (1985).
Yugoslav Cup (1985, 1986, 1988).
Silver Medal, Olympic Games (1988).
Silver Medal, Olympic Games (1992).
Bronze Medal, Olympic Games (1984).
Gold Medal, World Championship (1990).
Bronze Medal, World Championship (1986).
Gold Medal, Eurobasket (1991).
Gold Medal, Eurobasket (1989).
Bronze Medal, Eurobasket (1987).
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