Petrovic was an extraordinary young man, and a true pioneer in the global
sports of basketball. I know that a lasting part of his athletic legacy
will be that he paved the way for other international players to compete
successfully in the NBA. I think all basketball fans will long remember
the scene of Drazen Petrovic and his gallant Croatian teammates, having
overcome enormous hardship, receiving their silver medals at the Olympics
in Barcelona. The memories of Drazen are etched in our minds. His contributions
to the sport of basketball were enormous. We are all proud of the fact
we knew him.
NBA Commissioner, David J. Stern
have never seen any pro or amateur player work as hard," Nets
Assistant Coach Tom Newell told the New York Daily News. "He's
the consummate pro in commitment and dedication."
is exactly how he lived his life. He has committed his life to the game
and to the country that he loved the most.