No team paved the way for international basketball in the NBA more than the Nets. Drazen Petrovic became the first foreign player to prove he could play on the NBA stage. In the Thorn era, the team has had great success with Nenad Krstic but less with Zoran Planinic and Mile Ilic and none with Christian Drejer. But now the Nets are looking at players like Tiago Splitter ... just like a lot of other NBA teams. What was a risk with Petrovic is now smart business.
- NBA draft becomes global search - Al Iannazzone - The Record