A music video dedicated to the late Croatian basketball great Dražen Petrović was released this week on what would have been his 55th birthday.
The music video Dražen – za sva vrimena (Dražen – for all time) was presented at a ceremony at the Dražen Petrović Musem – Memorial Centre in Zagreb where it was also announced that a musical dedicated to the legend will premiere next year.
The song was written by musician Stanko Šarić, whilst the video was filmed at the Dražen Petrović Musem – Memorial Centre and Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and produced by Antonio Zadro.
The musical, titled Bound Amadeus, will premiere on 22 October 2020 on what would have been 56th birthday.
“Dražen’s journey through Šibenik, Cibona, Real, the NBA and the Croatian basketball team is more or less known and valorised, but what needs to be unveiled are all those crucial life moments that determine the final direction and path that is impossible to tell from the sum of titles he won, and the goal of this project is to get a glimpse of Dražen’s perspective through a musical – a contemporary ancient greek tragedy with music,” said screenwriter Dražen Runje.
Dražen’s mother, Biserka, was also present at the presentation.
“I’m sure my Dražen couldn’t have imagined that on his 55th birthday, his life would be turned into a work of art,” said Biserka Petrović.
Born in the Dalmatian town of Šibenik on 22 October 1964, Petrović was just 28 years of age when he was 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, Petrović enjoyed an illustrious career winning Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships.
The music video released this week is below.