Drazen “Petro” Petrovic – 25 Years Ago….


Drazen Petrovic NJ Nets Blue

25 years ago today on June 7, 1993 Drazen Petrovic was killed in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 28. Already a legend in Europe, Petrovic joined the Portland Trailblazers for the 1989-1990 season at the age of 25 (the Blazers had selected him in the 1986 draft and owned his rights). He was coming off his best NBA season with the New Jersey Nets in 1992-1993, and entering the prime of his career. He was one of the league’s best shooting guards, but yet was very underrated during his short four-year tenure in the NBA. The criticism of the league at the time was that they weren’t promoting the new wave of European talent, and at the time of his death Petrovic was contemplating returning to Europe to play. The Nets retired his jersey in 1993, and history has come to respect how great of a player Petrovic was. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2002. His Champion jersey is one of the rarest and highly collectible.


6-9-18 Drazen Petrovic Car Accident

2 thoughts on “Drazen “Petro” Petrovic – 25 Years Ago….

  • February 13, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Hey there,
    I’m a jersey collector from germany and NBA fan for almost 30 years now.
    Let me say, I love your site…great work!

    I got a question regarding a jersey I saw on ebay recently.
    It’s a Jerry West LA Lakers jersey with a Hardwood Classics tag and size tag on the lower left.
    It’s the blue road jersey from ’65 with sewen numbers and letters.
    I googled like crazy to find something about this, but I can’t. (I can only find jerseys from Adidas or M&N)
    Do you know if this is a legit one?

    Keep up the good work and don’t abandon this blog!


    • March 1, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks for checking out the site. In Europe only, around the time of 50th Anniversary of the NBA in 1997, Champion did release Authentic throwback jerseys with the Hardwood Classics tag. The jerseys are duel tagged, with the jock tag (size is NOT numerical, it’s S, M, L, XL, XXL) and the Hardwood Classic tag. The Jerry West jersey you are referring to is legit. Here are the Champion Hardwood Classics Authentic Throwbacks I’ve seen/owned (maybe I’ll make a gallery someday when I have time):
      Walt Frazier – Knicks (white)
      Julius Erving – NJ Nets (white)
      Julius Erving – Sixers (red)
      Bobby Jones – Sixers (red)
      Moses Malone – Sixers (red)
      Alex English – Nuggets (white/rainbow logo)
      David Thompson – Nuggets (white/rainbow logo)
      Abdul Jabbar – Lakers (Gold/script logo)
      Magic Johnson – Lakers (Gold/script logo)
      Jerry West – Lakers (Blue/script logo)
      Larry Bird – Celtics (white)


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