22 years today since Petrovic's death

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NEWS | 07/06/2015

During his season with Real Madrid he won the European Cup Winners Cup and a Copa del Rey title.
On 7 June 1993 Drazen Petrovic was killed in a car accident in Germany. The Balkan was 28-years-old but had already cemented his legendary status in European basketball. Real Madrid fans got to enjoy his skills during the 1988/89 season and watch the team win a European Cup Winners Cup and a Copa del Rey title.

Petrovic was born in Sibenik (Croatia) on 22 October 1964. He excelled on the continental stage while with KK Sibenka and Cibona Zagreb, which earned him a move to Real Madrid in 1988. Among his many memorable moments as a player for the Whites was his Cup Winners Cup performance against Snaidero Caserta, when he scored 62 points. He later went on to play in the NBA, with the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Jersey Nets.

The latter of these American sporting franchises retired his number 3 shirt following his death. There is a museum in Zagreb dedicated to preserving Petrovic's memory and a statue of him was also erected outside the Cibona arena.