The basketball courts of the former Yugoslavia were ruled by the true masters of the sport. At that time, the state league was the most powerful league in the world, which was not considered the NBA. However, the biggest stars in the league gathered in one place only once, and at the last moment before the war, YU All Stars only appeared once.
On this day 30 years ago, Kukoč, Đorđević, Zdovc, Danilovic and other legendary figures gathered in Sarajevo. Only one year later, the city will become a symbol of the war.
The entire game lasted four days and was organized by the noble Večernje at the time, while Sarajevo lived only for basketball during those few days. Jugoplastika won the third consecutive European championship three weeks ago, and the entire Skenderija hopes to see the split wizard Toni Kukoč live. Although Kukoč won all the awards he could get, due to various circumstances, the true hero of this story came from Zadar, an 18-year-old junior from Zoran Bacalja.
Without a doubt, this is the most bizarre game I have ever played in my career. The war has actually begun, the first victims have fallen, and a competition has been organized in Sarajevo. Because of the open conflict between Belgrade and Zagreb, Sarajevo became the center of this scale, symbolizing the declining siblings and unity, and I think this is the reason for this strange match in Skenderia. Why do I say weird? First of all, because that year, when everyone knew what happened, someone organized the YU All-Star Game. Why hasn’t it been organized before? At that time, the game was not played according to the classic East-West system, but they confused us for no reason. Zoran Čutura told us that it was clear that they wanted to maintain a certain appearance of unity and unity,” he recalled the unique game held in Skenderija in Sarajevo that day 30 years ago, adding:
“I only remember that I had played games with Sretenović and Kukoč. I didn’t even know how to score more than 20 points. The ball fell into my hands alone. Yes, I remember wearing some weird jerseys.”
Since Croatia was already at war and had occupied part of the country, Kukoc, Pelasovic, Komacic and others went to Sarajevo to fight the numerous roadblocks leading to the city, and suffered exactly one year later. The tragedy and cruel siege lasted three full years, victimizing thousands of victims.
The whites faced off against the Red Army, and the whites won 125:114.
Toni Kukoč (Toni Kukoč) is the most valuable player of the game, in the three-pointer final, Arijan Komazec (Arijan Komazec) is better than Danko Cvjetičanin (Danko Cvjetičanin).
However, no matter how surreal the whole event is, considering all the circumstances and the time when everything happened, Zoran Chutula tells us that he is happy to remember the wonders of Sarajevo.
“In an angry attack in the war, when I saw what they did to us, I threw out all the souvenirs of the Yugoslav national team. I threw away all the jerseys, sportswear, whistle, and found I saved the jersey from Sarajevo for some reason. Čutura remembers that a few years ago, when I met Duda Ivković in Athens when I was bidding farewell to Duda Ivković’s basketball, It was given to the actor Sergej Trifunović.
However, the entire Sarajevo event is only 30 years away, and the dunk game is the most memorable. Toni Kukoč did what only Michael Jordan could do at the time and won the slam dunk contest. The Split guide took off and was knocked down from the free throw line. There were two more, because one was not enough for him. Because of this unusual, almost movie-like story’s true hero.
Approximately 20 basketball players applied for the dunk contest. Most of them are stars in the strongest leagues second only to the NBA. Damir Avdić, Miroslav Pecarski, Toni Kukoč, etc. Zoran Bacalja, a small anonymous 18-year-old child from Zadar, pushed himself into it.