|24 October 2011|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|The bronze monument unveiled in honour of Drazen Petrovic in Sibenik|
No one is ever going to forget Croatia's legendary basketball star, Drazen Petrovic.
Among the world's best shooting guards, Petrovic died tragically on June 7, 1993, in an automobile crash.
He was only 29 and in the prime of his career, a player in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and the leading man in Croatia's national team.
Petrovic would have celebrated his 47th birthday on Saturday.
To mark the anniversary, the city of his birth, Sibenik, unveiled a bronze monument in his honour next to the sports hall in Baldekin and there were more than one thousand people to attend.
Among them were his brother, Alexander 'Aco' Petrovic, and mother Biserka.
|The legend lives on - many young fans were amongst the more than a thousand people in attendance |
Those at the ceremony, including many children, listened as the Petrovic family reflected on Drazen, who is known as the Genius of Sibenik.
Visitors to Sibenik can also go to the Memorial Room on Petar Preradovic street, which has been established in the family home of Petrovic as an extension of The Drazen Petrovic Memorial Center in Zagreb.
Inside, one finds the jerseys that Petrovic once wore both in Europe and the United States, along with photographs and other historical information about the city's most famous son.
BC Sibenik is where Petrovic took his first steps in basketball, at the age of 13.
"It has always amazed me the love that people feel toward Drazen, and not only in his hometown of Sibenik," Petrovic's mother said.
Petrovic was posthumously enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.