(July 30th, 2012) Last year the NBA & TNT put out what I consider one of the best commercials ever. The video was called “Forever” and beautifully spliced together past and present players to the music of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. There’s a quick moment in the video that stood out for a lot of people and that’s when they showed a shot of the late great Drazen Petrovic.
Thankfully somebody had the equally great idea of putting together this awesome tribute to Drazen using the same emotional song and opening it with Reggie Miller saying Petro was the greatest shooter of all-time.
Younger people often accuse older people of exaggerating on how good things and players were in the “good ole days” and that’s often true, but when it comes to Drazen, not many people are overrating him by talking about how good he was and what we didn’t get to see.
What isn’t talked about it as much is the potential of that early 90s Nets team. There was a point when many, myself included, felt Kenny Anderson and Derrick Coleman would be right up there with Stockton and Malone (yes, I said it), Penny and Shaq and Payton and Kemp. And with one of the top 3 shooters in the league in Drazen, underrated (yes, I said it too) big man Sam Bowie and underrated (yep) high flying Chris Morris, the Nets were going to be a championship contender for years to come.
That potential turned more into a fantasy most people will gladly forget but the reality of Drazen’s greatness and importance to the league is something that should live forever.