[Prime] The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic Author Todd Spehr – Intimatenights.co.uk

The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic Interesante repaso a la vida de uno de los grandes mitos del basket europeo Con muchas ancdotas desde sus inicios en Sibenik hasta los Nets Entra tambin mucho en la personalidad de Petrovic, su manera de entender el baloncesto Quizs se echa en falta un poco ms de detalle de la etapa en el Real Madrid por aquello de la cercana. Draen Petrovic was born on October in ibenik, Croatia Learning basketball at an early age from his older brother, Aleksandar, Draen was a natural He began his professional career at the age of fifteen, playing for the national team, where he began his rise through the European circuit Known as a skilled shooter, it was not unusual for him to score evenpoints during a single game While playing for Yugoslavia in the Olympics, Draen and his team finished with the bronze medal in theSummer Olympic Games and the silver in theGames He later won silver in theOlympics while playing for CroatiaIn , Draen was drafted in the third round th overall by the NBAs Portland Trail Blazers Deciding to play a few years in Europe, he did not come to the US until the beginning of theseason Draen, along with a handful of other players, were part of the first groups of Europeans to break into the NBA, paving the way for future starsAfter struggling with playing time in Portland, Draen was traded to the New Jersey Nets inHe would become a premier player and was considered one of the finest shooters in the NBA, averaging overpoints a game in his two full seasons with the Nets He was both a hero in the US as well as at home in Croatia, where his success had become a beacon of hope for his beleaguered countrymen who were enduring war in what is now the former YugoslaviaIn the summer of , after his best season in the NBA, Draen traveled to Poland to help his country qualify for the upcoming FIBA European Basketball Championship Deciding against flying with his team back to Croatia, he instead chose to drive there with his girlfriend On June only a few months before his twenty ninth birthday, Draen Petrovic died in a traffic collision in Denkendorf, Germany Thousands attended the funeral in his hometown, and the New Jersey Nets retired his numberEven though his career was cut short, his passion, determination, and spirit continue to influence not only his home country, but international basketball as a wholeSkyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs Our list includes biographies on well known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O J Simpson We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first hand tales of adventure, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home

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