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Jan 29

once brothers doc and vintage basketball

By oregongal47 view (TG)
All my blogs are gone from my account that is still active on im a trailblazers acct...I will try my best to remember what I wrote or share what was on my heart after seeing that documentary last saturday...

I had been wanting to see this documentary once brothers for the longest time but had missed it on espn when it first aired and never saw it again on the tv schedule....Last sat I was searching online and found it in six parts on youtube. i was interested in this documentary as it involved Portlands first Euro player drazen petrovich and his freind vlade (I never knew about their relationship).  I wanted to know their story seperated by war where they were once brothers and close teammates on the yugoslavian basketball team.  I remember that team they were great and quite a few ended up playing in the nba and becoming stars in their own right.

This documentary hit me very hard as I realized how hard it has been and still is for some Euros to play over here.  I never realized how hard it must have been for petro as he was very driven and very much a star in his own country and had won champs and played tough in the olympics.  To come to Portland and not get to play...it was not all his fault we had clyde, terry and danny ainge at that point so we were deep in guards. Also the language and culture adustments really brought that out.  Especially hearing what Vlade went thru in la.
I want the guys who are Internatinals to know most portland fans know who you are.  We are probably as frustrated as you are you dont get to play and show us what you can do. I felt that way bout Drazen as I had seen him play on tv and thought cool we get Europes biggest stars and scored over a hundred points in a game and we were not playing him. I thought so not fair to him why draft a guy of such talent and not use him. I have never gotten that totally...that was the year we made it to the finals and had a shot at another championship but he rarely played.  anyhow that is why I stand even further behind our international guys knowing the adjustments they have to make as Europe is a different game but back then it was even more a world apart as vlade and drazen were one of hte first to come over here and open the door sort of pioneers in their own right..im grateful for them.

What really hit me hard was the story of their war torn country that tore their freindship formed in youth and playing together.  I felt horrible for Vlade that he never got the chance to heal that relationship as Drazen was taken too soon in a horrible auto crash on the german autobahn. I realized how much their families miss them as well.  His poor mom when he died. What was great was that Vlade did a get chance to go back to croatia after many years of not being allowed in due to war.  He got the chance to talk to Drazens mom and his brother.  Im sure that brought some healing...She was so gracious and wonderful and so was his brother.  What touched me was Vlade going to Drazens grave and placing something there.  This doc made me cry as it made me remember how I cried when I heard Drazen had been killed...I followed his career after he left portland (once a blazer in this town your always one).

I could understand family missing their loved ones while overseas playing professional sports.  My step brother played basketball for the u of o and later was drafted by the san diego clippers at that time they were in san diego and later doing summer league and that not working out.  My brother spent a year in Europe (back then Europe was where guys who did not make it in nba to play there was no d league to develop so you went over to europe to play).  He played in England for a season.  We worried about him, how was handling the culture shock and loneliness etc so my family has been on the other end sending someone away.  I will say this to our  internationals I kind of get what your families are going thru as I have been there.

I want to say this if you want to see a great documentary that gives you history and a lesson on what racial divide and war can do to a team that was once united and what the first euros coming to the nba went thru this is a great one to see.  a tip have a box of kleenex handy if your a major weeper.

I am glad Vlade made this doc and that espn aired it.  I will never forget it.  It touched my heart deeply as I had no idea this was going on why these guys were expected to play basketball I dont know how they did it.  

hopefully you will check out the doc once brothers i would love to own this on dvd.
All my blogs are gone from my account that is still active on im a trailblazers acct...I will try my best to remember what I wrote or share what was on my heart after seeing that documentary last saturday...

I had been wanting to see this documentary once brothers for the longest time but had missed it on espn when it first aired and never saw it again on the tv schedule....Last sat I was searching online and found it in six parts on youtube. i was interested in this documentary as it involved Portlands first Euro player drazen petrovich and his freind vlade (I never knew about their relationship).  I wanted to know their story seperated by war where they were once brothers and close teammates on the yugoslavian basketball team.  I remember that team they were great and quite a few ended up playing in the nba and becoming stars in their own right.

This documentary hit me very hard as I realized how hard it has been and still is for some Euros to play over here.  I never realized how hard it must have been for petro as he was very driven and very much a star in his own country and had won champs and played tough in the olympics.  To come to Portland and not get to play...it was not all his fault we had clyde, terry and danny ainge at that point so we were deep in guards. Also the language and culture adustments really brought that out.  Especially hearing what Vlade went thru in la.
I want the guys who are Internatinals to know most portland fans know who you are.  We are probably as frustrated as you are you dont get to play and show us what you can do. I felt that way bout Drazen as I had seen him play on tv and thought cool we get Europes biggest stars and scored over a hundred points in a game and we were not playing him. I thought so not fair to him why draft a guy of such talent and not use him. I have never gotten that totally...that was the year we made it to the finals and had a shot at another championship but he rarely played.  anyhow that is why I stand even further behind our international guys knowing the adjustments they have to make as Europe is a different game but back then it was even more a world apart as vlade and drazen were one of hte first to come over here and open the door sort of pioneers in their own right..im grateful for them.

What really hit me hard was the story of their war torn country that tore their freindship formed in youth and playing together.  I felt horrible for Vlade that he never got the chance to heal that relationship as Drazen was taken too soon in a horrible auto crash on the german autobahn. I realized how much their families miss them as well.  His poor mom when he died. What was great was that Vlade did a get chance to go back to croatia after many years of not being allowed in due to war.  He got the chance to talk to Drazens mom and his brother.  Im sure that brought some healing...She was so gracious and wonderful and so was his brother.  What touched me was Vlade going to Drazens grave and placing something there.  This doc made me cry as it made me remember how I cried when I heard Drazen had been killed...I followed his career after he left portland (once a blazer in this town your always one).

I could understand family missing their loved ones while overseas playing professional sports.  My step brother played basketball for the u of o and later was drafted by the san diego clippers at that time they were in san diego and later doing summer league and that not working out.  My brother spent a year in Europe (back then Europe was where guys who did not make it in nba to play there was no d league to develop so you went over to europe to play).  He played in England for a season.  We worried about him, how was handling the culture shock and loneliness etc so my family has been on the other end sending someone away.  I will say this to our  internationals I kind of get what your families are going thru as I have been there.

I want to say this if you want to see a great documentary that gives you history and a lesson on what racial divide and war can do to a team that was once united and what the first euros coming to the nba went thru this is a great one to see.  a tip have a box of kleenex handy if your a major weeper.

I am glad Vlade made this doc and that espn aired it.  I will never forget it.  It touched my heart deeply as I had no idea this was going on why these guys were expected to play basketball I dont know how they did it.  

hopefully you will check out the doc once brothers i would love to own this on dvd.

All my blogs are gone from my account that is stil active on im a Trailblazers fan acct.. I will try my best to to remember what I wrote or share what was on my heart after seeing the documentary "Once Brothers" last Saturday..

I had been wanting to see this documentary "Once Brothers" for the longest time but had missed it on ESPN when it first aired and never saw it again on the tv schedule...Last Saturday I was searching online and found it in six parts on youtube.  I was interesed in this documentary as it involved Portlands first Euro (if there was one before drazen im not sure) player Drazen Petrovich and his friend Vlade (I never knew about their relationship).  I wanted to know their story seperated bt war (drazen was croation and vlade a serb) where they were once brothers and close teammates onthe Yugoslavian Basketball team.  I remember that team they were great and quite a few ended up playing in the NBA and becoming stars in their own right.

This documentary hit me very hard as I realized how hard it has been and still for some Euros to play over here.  I never realized how hard it must have been for Petro to play for Portland as he was very driven and very much a star in his own country and had won championships and played tough in the olympics. The team he was on was of Europes best teams..they were off the chart.  To come to Portland and not get to play must have been so hard for him....it was not all his his fault we had clyde, Terry and Danny Ainge at that point so we were deep in guards. Also the language and culture adjustments really brought that out even harder for him not do well here. and hearing how Vlade described what he said his freind went thru was tough to hear.....

I want the guys to know who are Internationals to know most Portland fans know who you are.  We are probably just as frustrated as you are that you dont get to play and show us what you can do.  I felt that way about Drazen as I had seen him play on tv and heard about his great shooting game of hitting over a hundred points in game and here we were not playing him.  I thought so not fair to him...why draft a guy of such talent and not use him?  I have never gotten that totally...that was the year we made it to the finals and had a shot at another championshp but he rarely played.  Anyhow that is why I stand even further even behind our International players knowing the adjustments they hve to make as Europe is a different game but back then it was even more a world apart as Vlade and Drazen were one of the first to come over here and open the door for other euros (sort of pioneers in their own right...I am grateful for them.  For we would not have nico, rudy or patty and sean...

What really hit me hard was the story of their war torn country that tore their freindship formed in youth and playing together as teammates become no more even as they had to play for seperate countries and no longer was the last year it was yugo team ever united. that part was very sad.  I felt horrible for vlade that he never got the chance to heal his relationship with Drazen as he was taken too soon in a horrible auto crash on the German Autobahn.  I realized how much their families miss them as well as they miss their home.  mothers worrying about how their sons are doing...His poor mom when he died hit me very hard as her pain was painful to watch...The great thing for Vlade was that he did get a chance to go back to Croatia after many years of not being allowed to go back due to war.  He got the chance to talk to Drazen's mom and his brother.  I'm sure that brought healing...drazens mom was so graciou and wonderful and so was his brother.  What touched me was Vlade going to Drazens grave and placing something there.  Im sure that brought as much closure as you can when you cant talk to that person.  This Documentary made me cry  as it made me remember how cried when I heard Drazen had been killed...I followed his career after  he left Portland (once a Blazer in this town your always one)!!

I can understand family missing their loved ones while overseas playing professional sports.  My step brother played basketball in  for the u of o and later he was drafted by the San Diego Clippers at that time they were in San Diego . he played summer league the team did not need him so he went over to Europe to play. My step brother spent one season over in Europe (back then was where guys who did not make it in the nba to play as there was no d league to play in).  He played in England.  We worried about him, how was he handling the culture shock and loneliness was he safe as he traveled to some countries back then that were under communist rule...So my family has been on the other end of sending someone way.  I will say this to our international players I really get what your families are thru as I have been there.


I want to say this if you want to see a great documentary that gives you history and a lesson on what racil divide and war can do to a team that was once united and that the first euros coning to the nba went thru this is a great documentary to see (also you get to see a lot of vintage basketball and old film clips) . here is a tip have box of tissues handy if your a major weeper.

I am glad Vlade made this Documentary and that ESPN aired it.  I will never forget it.  It touched my heart deeply as I had no idea this was going on with these players from yugoslavia. i do not know how they were able to play wtih all this going on back hom...

Hopefully you will check out this documentary...You will not be disappointed if you love vintage basektball. I miss the old days of old school ball....











All my blogs are gone from my account that is still active on im a trailblazers acct...I will try my best to remember what I wrote or share what was on my heart after seeing that documentary last saturday...

I had been wanting to see this documentary once brothers for the longest time but had missed it on espn when it first aired and never saw it again on the tv schedule....Last sat I was searching online and found it in six parts on youtube. i was interested in this documentary as it involved Portlands first Euro player drazen petrovich and his freind vlade (I never knew about their relationship).  I wanted to know their story seperated by war where they were once brothers and close teammates on the yugoslavian basketball team.  I remember that team they were great and quite a few ended up playing in the nba and becoming stars in their own right.

This documentary hit me very hard as I realized how hard it has been and still is for some Euros to play over here.  I never realized how hard it must have been for petro as he was very driven and very much a star in his own country and had won champs and played tough in the olympics.  To come to Portland and not get to play...it was not all his fault we had clyde, terry and danny ainge at that point so we were deep in guards. Also the language and culture adustments really brought that out.  Especially hearing what Vlade went thru in la.
I want the guys who are Internatinals to know most portland fans know who you are.  We are probably as frustrated as you are you dont get to play and show us what you can do. I felt that way bout Drazen as I had seen him play on tv and thought cool we get Europes biggest stars and scored over a hundred points in a game and we were not playing him. I thought so not fair to him why draft a guy of such talent and not use him. I have never gotten that totally...that was the year we made it to the finals and had a shot at another championship but he rarely played.  anyhow that is why I stand even further behind our international guys knowing the adjustments they have to make as Europe is a different game but back then it was even more a world apart as vlade and drazen were one of hte first to come over here and open the door sort of pioneers in their own right..im grateful for them.

What really hit me hard was the story of their war torn country that tore their freindship formed in youth and playing together.  I felt horrible for Vlade that he never got the chance to heal that relationship as Drazen was taken too soon in a horrible auto crash on the german autobahn. I realized how much their families miss them as well.  His poor mom when he died. What was great was that Vlade did a get chance to go back to croatia after many years of not being allowed in due to war.  He got the chance to talk to Drazens mom and his brother.  Im sure that brought some healing...She was so gracious and wonderful and so was his brother.  What touched me was Vlade going to Drazens grave and placing something there.  This doc made me cry as it made me remember how I cried when I heard Drazen had been killed...I followed his career after he left portland (once a blazer in this town your always one).

I could understand family missing their loved ones while overseas playing professional sports.  My step brother played basketball for the u of o and later was drafted by the san diego clippers at that time they were in san diego and later doing summer league and that not working out.  My brother spent a year in Europe (back then Europe was where guys who did not make it in nba to play there was no d league to develop so you went over to europe to play).  He played in England for a season.  We worried about him, how was handling the culture shock and loneliness etc so my family has been on the other end sending someone away.  I will say this to our  internationals I kind of get what your families are going thru as I have been there.

I want to say this if you want to see a great documentary that gives you history and a lesson on what racial divide and war can do to a team that was once united and what the first euros coming to the nba went thru this is a great one to see.  a tip have a box of kleenex handy if your a major weeper.

I am glad Vlade made this doc and that espn aired it.  I will never forget it.  It touched my heart deeply as I had no idea this was going on why these guys were expected to play basketball I dont know how they did it.  

hopefully you will check out the doc once brothers i would love to own this on dvd.

2 Comments

  1. i saw this documentary a couple of months ago and i was blown away. my dad, as usual, had told me the story about Drazen playing with portland, then new jersey where he flourished. it was tragic what happened to him, but i thought it great how Vlade still honors his friend.

    by Kassandra on 1/30/2011 3:29 PM
  2. it was great...he was awesome. he gave mj a run for his money...who knows what would have came ofhim gone too soon

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 1/30/2011 8:06 PM
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