Do you have anything to say or condolence messages to share. Szalantzy's attempt to turn away from the truck left Petrovic most vulnerable on impact. Not happy with his role, he requested a trade, which was granted in January 1991. It's all a blur. On 7 June 1993, one of the greatest basketballer players to ever come out of Europe, Dražen Petrović, was tragically killed. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s, before joining the … "I used to be a national basketball player. People close to the situation anticipated Petrovic would return to New Jersey, especially since the Nets' offer - although lower than what he might have received in Europe - would have made him the league's second-highest-paid two-guard behind only Michael Jordan, says Reed. The team retired his jersey in 1993, nine years before his induction into the Hall of Fame. Voted the Best European Basketballer in History, Petrović 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%). CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Dražen also won Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships. "I get jobs but then they fire me because I can't remember telephone conversations, or who I talked to, or what was supposed to be the message," Edebal says. On 7 June 1993 one of the greatest basketballer players to ever come out of Europe, Dražen Petrović, was tragically killed. ", Latest Election Results as the votes are counted in key states, Nevada election official says he’s worried for staffers' safety as vote count continues, 'Stay calm’: Biden calls for patience with election results and vows to steer U.S. out of ‘terrible’ pandemic, Count. He had established himself as one of the top scorers in the NBA and was also one of the league’s best three-point shooters. I thought if I jumped I could stop dreaming.". "It was devastating for the organization, for the ownership, and for all the people that knew Drazen. I had lost my memory completely. There is an imperative episode missing from Hilal Edebal's brain, unremembered over 18 years of haze. Chuck Daly was their Hall of Fame coach. Petrovic's legend persevered nonetheless. On 7 June 1993, one of the greatest basketballer players to ever come out of Europe, Dražen Petrović, was tragically killed. What remains for the 41-year-old woman are huge gaps of empty space, mental lapses and problems maintaining a job. "I just wanted to wake up because I was dreaming. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The coronavirus pandemic has affected members of our Croatian-American community in Cleveland in many ways. "Everything was perfect before the accident.". (photo: SpeedyGonsales under CC). She is hoping for the best, less than two weeks into her latest job as a tourism organizer in Istanbul. The basketball player Drazen Petrovic died at the age of 28. Petrović was regarded a crucial part of the present-day mass influx of European players into the NBA. He also spent one season with Real Madrid in Spain, averaging 28.5 points per game. The Nets headed toward tougher times with Jayson Williams and Stephon Marbury, managing just one playoff win from Petrovic's death until the acquisition of Jason Kidd in 2001. He was on the brink of something special in the NBA. One of those early success stories was Croatian superstar Drazen Petrovic, who played four seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers and New Jersey Nets before tragically becoming one of the biggest “what if” stories in the history of the game. Dražen also won Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships. Still, it's a frustrating, defeating process. Petrovic had done it all in Europe, met nearly every challenge - he'd earned multiple domestic titles, four European titles, six European Player of the Year awards and two Olympic Silver medals, as well as providing the rest of the world a worthy international nemesis to Michael Jordan. He appeared in 77 games his rookie season, all off the bench, and averaged 7.6 points per game, certainly not what he was used to. Although funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, it goes without saying the family is dealing with a devastating loss and could use your support. Edebal vaguely remembers Szalantzy visiting her in the hospital, and then subsequent meetings at coffee shops after returning to Munich. Why was she even in Germany while enrolled in college in the United States? "I am angry because it's so unfair. Edebal, a sworn interpreter of English, German and Turkish, has been fired more times than she can remember, "because of my brain.". But while his name lives on, another victim of the accident lives alone in Istanbul. Edebal would have jumped out of a window. It's so unfair. I guess I can be happy I survived and I can walk and I didn't lose my ability to speak.". According to a 1996 report in Germany's largest newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Szalantzy spent a week in intensive care at the hospital and then left on her own. But it was too late. If doctors hadn't ordered constant supervision for her in the family's apartment on the 17th floor, she would have ended her life in order to snap out of the fog that enveloped her during her first year out of the hospital. Edebal doesn't know now if the accident was ever brought up in conversation. Why did she lose her career and Petrovic lose his life, while the driver of the car soon returned to basketball and modeling? RELATED: Toni Kukoc and the Forgotten Yugoslavian National Team Were One of the Main Reasons the Dream Team Was Created in the First Place. As good as he already was, he was entering the prime of his career and was only going to get better. She was airlifted from the scene and taken to a hospital, having suffered a broken hip and broken arm along with the head injuries. Drazen Petrovic Death – Obituary: Drazen Petrovic has left friends, family and loved ones heart-broken as the news surrounding the death of Drazen Petrovic was announced. The day will start with the laying of flowers at Dražen’s monument. I was in therapy for a very long time. At the time of the report, Szalantzy returned to driving and was juggling modeling in the United States with professional basketball in Germany. In 43 games with the Nets, he upped his average to 12.6 points in just over 20 minutes per game, one of the NBA’s best points-per-minute ratios. 7 June 2019 – 26 years ago today Croatia lost arguably one of its greatest ever sportsmen. It was his first postseason award in the NBA, unveiled just eight days before his death - with many more presumed to follow. She only recently recognized it was the same car crash that killed Drazen Petrovic and devastated two basketball communities - one in Croatia, the other in New Jersey. "And I've given up on it.