MEMORIES ON DRAZEN
Drazen's jersey #3"
he 1993. NBA season just started, but New Jersey had to say goodbye. It was a magnificent and unforgettable night in the Meadowlands Arena where the Nets said goodbye to Drazen Petrovic - and thank you.
|Derrick Coleman and Chuck Daly carrying Drazen's jersey.|
The ceremony started with Derrick Coleman and Chuck Daly carrying Drazen's jersey to the middle of the court where they were awaited by Drazen's family, friends, the players and people from the Nets.
Chuck Daly's opening words:
Thank you very much for your attendance this evening. I don't know if you can put in the words what Drazen meant to this club, both emotionally, physically and in every way. I guess all of us will always remember what we just saw on the screen. That smile, that emotion, a competitiveness, and above all from the basketball stand point - the shot! We'll never forget.
Drazen respected other players. He worked very hard on improving his defense. For all European players defense is their biggest problem, but Drazen resolve it with hard work. He love the game, and had a great desire for winning. His combination of defense and phenomenal offense become a real problem for his opponents. He could have been one of the greatest.
|Among the stars...|
- Phil Jackson, Chicago Bulls Head Coach 1990-1998.
I have never seen any pro or amateur player work as hard. He's the consummate pro in commitment and dedication.
- Tom Newell, NJ Nets Assistant Coach
- Huan Antonio Samaranch, Olympic Committee Commissioner
- Chuck Daly, Detroit Pistons, NJ Nets