Zagreb, March 31st, 2018 – The good news came to Croatian basketball. Famous basketball Olympian Dino Rađa was inducted into the Basketball House of Fame in Springfield, USA. He became the fourth Croat who received this prestigious award, reserved only for the selected ones, following Krešimir Čosić and Dražen Petrović who were inducted in 1996 and 2002 respectively and Mirko Novosel in 2007.
Dino Rađa was born on April 24th, 1967 in Split. In his childhood, he tried his skills in a few sports: rowing, swimming, water polo, but he demonstrated a remarkable talent by when he came to Gripe basketball hall and very son he became a member of the junior national team. He was first a member of the team that won the championship of Europe in 1986, and he experienced the main takeoff at the World Championship in Bormio in 1987, where the double world champion USA was defeated on two occasions. In the first match, they were driven crazy by, and in the second by Dino Rađa.
He won three titles of the Yugoslav national champion with Jugoplastika in 1988, 1989 and 1990. The Yugoslav Basketball Cup in Split's yellow shirt Dino Rađa won in 1990. Already in 1989 in Munich, at the age of 22, Rađa experienced an incredible success - Jugoplastika won Barcelona and Maccabi and came to top of Europe. Dino Rađa was the key player in that big win. Dino Rađa repeated the same success in 1990. Jugoplastika is again on the roof of Europe, in Spanish Zaragoza. In the finals, as well as a year earlier in the semi-finals, the famous Barcelona "fell".
In 1990, Dino Rađa left Split and went to Il Messaggero in Rome as the best paid European basketball player. Italian journalists compared his transfer with Maradona’s transfer. The five-year contract in Italy was terminated after the winning the Radivoj Korač Cup. He went to the NBA league in 1993. It was sensation because he joined Boston Celtics, the most successful NBA club. 1995 and 1996 were particularly successful, but injuries returned him to European parquets. With Panathinaikos he won two Greek championships and in 1999 he returned to Croatian basketball. He played for Zadar for a year and then for Cibona and the Greek Olympiacos. At the end of his career he returned to Gripe, in his native Split, with the title of the Croatian champion in 2003. It was the first title of “yellow” team since Croatia became independent. After leaving the parquet floor at Gripe Hall, Rađa has been the president of KK Split for several years.
As a member of the national team of the former state, he participated at Olympics in 1988 in Seoul, where he won the silver medal, and as a member of the Croatian national team he was a participant of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he also won the silver medal. At the World Championship in Buenos Aires in 1990 he won the gold medal, and in Toronto in 1994 bronze medal wearing the colors of the Croatian national team
He has played at five European Championships and won the bronze medal in 1987 in Athens, in 1989 in Zagreb and in 1991 in Rome. As a member of the Croatian nation team he won bronze medals at the European Championships in 1993 in Munich and in 1995 in Athens. He was a member of the Yugoslavian national team from 1987 to 1991 and of Croatian national team from 1992 to 1996 respectively, and he also performed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
By his brilliant career he became one of two "bell-towers" in the history of Split's basketball - together with his best man Tomi Kukoč. He was awarded the number of sports awards - in 1989 he was named the best basketball player in the country in polls of Sportske novosti and Nedjeljna Dalmacija. He was chosen in the first five best players of the 1993 European championships in Munich and 1994 World Cup in Toronto. He received the Franjo Bučar State Award for sport as a member of the national team in 1992 and in 2003, was awarded the State Prize of the Order of Danica Croatia with the figure of Franjo Bučar, and since 2010 Dino Rađa is a famer of the Split Sport Hall of Fame.
The Croatian Olympic Committee congratulates its meritorious Olympian on a grand prize - induction into the Hall of Fame.