The deadliest jump shot ever to come from the tiny town of Sibenik, Yugoslavia, Drazen Petrovic’s tragic tale received a minor moment of positive on November 11th, 1993 when the New Jersey Nets honored his legacy by retiring his number 3 jersey.
Petrovic was a talented guard who’s NBA career ended abruptly after he was killed in a car accident in Germany shortly after the Nets were eliminated in the 1993 playoffs by the Cavs. The compelling story of the sharp shooter from Yugoslavia and his relationship with fellow Yugoslavian Vlade Divac was well documented in the ESPN 30 for 30 film Once Brothers.
Petro was apart of the once promising Nets team that included 2 dominate left handers Kenny Anderson and Derrick Coleman. Other than back to back trips to the NBA finals where the Nets were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs the franchise has seen very little success.
The team went through a major transformation in 2012 moving from New Jersey to the new multi-billion dollar Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The new look Brooklyn Nets deadly backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson brings Nets fans a feeling of optimism they haven’t felt since the days of Petrovic, Coleman, and Anderson.
Along with a new stadium the Nets underwent a change in logo and uniform colors. Designed by part owner Jay-Z the new look gear has the team dressed for success, but the jury is still out on if it will translate in the win column.