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Brooklyn Nets to play in Croatia to honour Dražen Petrović?

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Dražen Petrović (Photo credit: Lipofsky Basketballphoto.com/CC BY-SA 3.0.)

Biserka Petrović, the mother of the legendary late Croatian basketballer Dražen Petrović, has exclusively revealed to Croatian radio that the Brooklyn Nets are eying a match in Croatia.  

From 1991 to 1993 Petrović played for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA, who are today called the Brooklyn Nets, and for the 30th anniversary Biserka Petrović says that Petrović foundation is working on something special. 

“We are negotiating with the Nets about a game in Croatia for the 30th anniversary. I have to go to New York, to the NBA offices. I hope we will be successful in negotiating it,” Petrović told HRT, added that Arena Zagreb is one possible venue for the match. 

“There is no specific date yet, we will leave it to them when the date suits them, we will not tie it to a birthday or anniversary, but something big must be done for the 30th anniversary,” she added.

When asked if the Nets would play Croatia, Petrović responded. 

“We will see, it is difficult to put together the best players from Europe, but we will work on that. I can’t say anymore at this moment, but we are working on it.”

Dražen Petrović, who would have turned 57 last month, was tragically killed in a car accident in Germany after returning from playing for Croatia in Poland on 7 June 1993. 

Voted the Best European Basketball player in History, Dražen enjoyed an illustrious career with the New Jersey Nets, averaging 20.6 points in 36.9 minutes on the floor, and nearly leading all NBA guards in field goal percentage (51%). He did not miss a single game.

Dražen also won Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships.

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