Once Brothers

Nov 10, 2022 | Sports, Videos

‘Once brothers’ is a humbling and heart-wrenching story of two friends, Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac, who grew up together and later lifted the Yugoslavian National Basketball team to unimaginable heights; but were estranged due to circumstances beyond their control.

After conquering Europe, they both went to America and became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But due to the fall of The USSR on Christmas Day in 1991, Yugoslavia split up and unfortunately the two friends found themselves on the two opposing sides of the civil war between Croatia, to which Petrovic belonged and Serbia, to which Divac belonged. Long buried ethnic differences surfaced and though they continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, they never spoke to each other and the possibility of which became extinct when Petrovic died of an auto accident on June 7, 1993, leaving Divac longing for a chance to reconciliate with his long lost brother.

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