Twenty years ago, on May 25, 1995, Krešimir Ćosić, one of the best world and European basketball players, Croatian notable and sports role model, died from an incurable disease. Near the Dom Sportova in Zagreb, there is a square that bears his name since 2005.
In Zadar, his hometown, Višnik hall, the home arena of the KK (basketball club) Zadar was named after him as well (since 2008). Krešimir Ćosić, golden Olympian (Moscow 1980) and holder of two silver Olympic medals (Mexico City in 1968. and Montreal in 1976) is also the first non-American basketball player who was picked at the NBA draft. He played for the U.S. Brigham Young University in Utah before returning to Europe where he played six times for his national team. At the European Championships, he was declared the best player – not once, but twice (in 1971 and in 1975)
Until the end of his life, he was working as Deputy Ambassador of Croatia in Washington, D.C. In May 2006, this virtuoso, intellectual and friend of the American culture and basketball, was elected to the world's Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball.
Sports Zadar expressed its gratitude to this notable by organizing a basketball tournament for kids at the Zadar Forum, as well as by organizing a photo exhibition entitled "We miss you for already 20 years", on the times of his full basketball and sports domination. In the tourist resort Punta Skala in Petrčane, in the presence of many notables of Croatians sport and society, a gala dinner was held in honor of the man who has indebted European basketball, sports and the Olympic movement.