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Dan Rensberger
Sports In Society
Garth Pleasant
10-17-2013

Yugoslavia In the country of Yugoslavia, there were three different religions that had been there since the country was formed. There are the Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and some Muslim. The Slavs were a group of people that were fleeing Russia to escape persecution and they were split up by a group of mountains. The people on the west side of the mountain range were Roman Catholic, called the Croats of Croatia, and the people to the east were called Orthodox, called the Serbs of Serbia. They were joined together by the country of Yugoslavia, and this country brought together one of the best international basketball teams of the time. This team starred Drazen Petrovich and Vlade Divac among others. The team was a very tight knit group, and they were like brothers. They were all best friends and had great team chemistry, and that was one of the reasons that they were so successful. They seemed to have brought the country together from a time of violence toward each other, but they would also end up tearing the country apart. The Yugoslavian national team was very good, and they were just starting to hit stride. Drazen Petrovich was one of the best players in the world, and surrounded by Divac and Tony Kukoc, they were going to be a tough team to beat. The team was playing a lot together through the late 80’s and early 90’s, including playing the Boston Celtics, the NBA champions in 1988 featuring guys like Larry Bird and Danny Ainge, who the very young, talented Yugoslavian team would end up losing to. Soon after that, Divac and Petrovich were drafted into the NBA, Divac by the Lakers, and Petrovich by the Trailblazers. Vlade had instant success, playing many minutes and scoring points, becoming a star in the NBA. Drazen, on the other hand, was getting frustrated. He was rarely getting a chance to play, which he was not used to at all because he was always a star at every level in Yugoslavia. It was very difficult for him to sit on the bench. After the first season, they both went home to see their families and to play for the national team. This was things started to go south for their friendship. There was a civil war going on back home between Drazens people, the Croats, and Divacs people, the Serbs. They were fighting because of their religions, and the Croatians didn’t want to be a part of Yugoslavia anymore. That was when Divac made a mistake after a victory of the Yugoslavian national team. He was walking to the center of the court when a man holding a flag of Croatia started celebrating around him. He took the flag and threw it on the ground, because he wanted it to continue to be Yugoslavia. With Divac being a Serb and all of the cameras catching this act, it outrages the Croats, including the ones on the team, and especially Drazen. He was very religious and very loyal to Croatia, and nothing was the same with the two ever again after that incident. After they had returned to their respective teams, Drazen was acting differently toward Divac. He would not talk to him unless it was in front of everyone else, and that was just for show. After this season when they went home to play for their respective teams, because the country had split and formed Croatia and Serbia, they hadn’t talked much since the year before. Petrovich was now a star in the NBA after being traded out of Portland, and was playing with his Croatian national team when the unthinkable happened. He was killed in a car crash traveling with his girlfriend after a game. This was devastating to Divac because he was never able to make amends with Petrovich before he died, and this made Divac upset. Divac went on to become a great player in the NBA, along with a few others from that Yugoslavian team. But, to this day, one of his biggest regrets was not being able to talk to Drazen and become friends again before his death.…...

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