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Dražen Petrović would have been 50 years old today. His brief, but brilliant career in the NBA showcased a player that was destined for stateside greatness after dominating in Europe. In short order, he became one of the league's best shooting guards,

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Dražen Petrović would have been 50 years old today. His brief, but brilliant career in the NBA showcased a player that was destined for stateside greatness after dominating in Europe. In short order, he became one of the league's best shooting guards, battling the likes of Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, and Charles Barkley. Yet his life was cut short in a tragic car accident in the summer of 1993, just after his best NBA season playing for the New Jersey Nets. The Nets would soon after retire his #3 jersey and, in 2002, he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Dražen is widely considered the greatest European basketball player of all time and the springboard for the modern influx of European players into the NBA. Michael Jordan had this to say about Dražen: "It was a thrill to play against Dražen. Every time we competed, he competed with an aggressive attitude. He wasn't nervous; he came at me as hard as I came at him. So, we've had some great battles in the past and unfortunately, they were short battles." Dražen was born in Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. ------------------- Please TAG anyone you know that doesn't know the story of Dražen Petrović and wish him a Happy 50th Birthday in the comments!