Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 10/3/12

Long before there was Manu Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol there was Drazen Petrovic. Petrovic was the first big-time foreign star in the NBA and proved that the game did not just belong in America.

Drazen was a deadly outside shooter with a killer instinct. He dropped points like no other and there was no shot he would not pass up. However, the thing was... he would back it up by nailing the shots.

How confident was Petrovic? He looked forward to playing against Michael Jordan and in the video below, he actually waved MJ closer to him when he was on offense. Yeah he was THAT confident.

He schooled MJ, talked trash to Reggie Miller, and had many scoring outbursts. He showed passion, and intensity on the court. It was such a shame his life was cut short in a tragic accident. But he left many lasting memories during his time with the Nets.


 

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