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Dražen petrović


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Dražen petrović

  2. 2. Facts  Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player  He achieved success playing for European teams and later joining the National Basketball Association (NBA)
  3. 3. Early years  Dražen was born in Šibenik October 22nd, 1964  His older brother Aleksandar was the first one to trade the basketball path providing a lead for young Petrović to follow
  4. 4. Career beginnings  At the age of 13 Petrović started playing in the youth selections of the local Šibenka and by the age of 15 he had already made the first team Petrović playing for Šibenka
  5. 5. Professional career  In 1984, after spending a year serving a mandatory time in military, Petrović followed his brother’s footsteps and moved to Cibona  The very first year in Cibona he won the Yugoslavian league championship, the national cup and European Cup title
  6. 6. Professional Career  Dražen needed new challenges so in 1988 he signed with Real Madrid for 4 mil.$USD  Petrović helped Real to win the King’s Cup title and also led the club to victory in the European Winner’s Cup final
  7. 7. Professional career  For the 1989-1990 season Dražen joined the Portland Trail Blazers in the USA  His lack of playing time during the second year in the league brought Dražen’s frustration to a climax
  8. 8. Professional career  In 1991 Petrović became a member of New Jersey Nets  His determination and hard work made him a team leader, later he was named team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP)  His success translated into success for the team, recording 14 more wins than the previous year
  9. 9.  Petrović playing for Nets
  10. 10. National team  Petrović started playing for the Yugoslavian national team at the age of 15 and helped them to win numerous awards  From 1992-1993 he was a leader of Croatian national basketball team
  11. 11. Tragic destiny  Petrović died in a car accident on June 7th, 1993 as he was travelling back to Croatia from Poland with his girlfriend, Klara Szalantzy
  12. 12. Dražen Petrović Memorial Center  A museum named The Dražen Petrović Memorial Center was founded in his honor and the idea originated form Dražen’s parents