"It is easy to be mean. You don’t need human qualities for that. As soon as human value is lost, everything is in danger, everything collapses."

Krešo

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06/02/2020

Kreso's First Basketball Hoop Soon to Be Renovated!

The Kresimir Cosic Association is working with the local government to renovate Kreso's first basketball hoop by May 25, 2020 in remembrance of his passing.

The hoop is located in Zadar, by Kreso's childhood home, Frana Alfirevica street.

04/02/2020

Kresimir Cosic Street And Memorial Center in Dobropoljana.

Kreso's parent's birth place, Dobropoljana on Pasman Island across from Zadar, is giving back to Kresimir Cosic who put them on the map.

Recently a mural was painted at the enterance of the village and the main street that enters Dobropoljana was named after Kresimir Cosic. Soon we will be seeing Kreso's memorial center, welcome signs with his name on them and a statue!

Pasman Mayor, coincidently named Kresimir Cosic, who was named after this great basketball legend said:
'We plan to build a memorial center for Kresimir Cosic. His family and the Kresimir Cosic Association will be involved in the process. We also asked the Croatian Olympic Comittee, Croatian Basketball Federation and the government for finalancial help. The center will be built by the basketball court where he as a child spent his summers playing basketball. We also plan to build a life size statue of Kreso as well as setting up welcome boards upon entering Dobropoljana where it will be evident that Kreso was originally from there.'

This basketball hall-of-famer is already givien tribute in Zagreb where a square is named after him, in Vukovar and Zadar each with Kresimir Cosic streets, on Ugljan Island a palace bears his name, in Opatija he has a star on their walk of fame, in Provo (Utah) his Jersey was retired at BYU, and in Zadar he has his statue looking at the Kresimir Cosic Sports Hall.

Since 1998 the Croatian national basketball cup bears the name - The Kresimir Cosic Cup.

https://www.kresimircosic.com/en/kresimir-cosic/landmarks/ 

04/02/2020

Krešo Made His First Basket for Zadar in Dubrovnik

Vlado Vanjak, coach and personal friend, doc. Ivan Fattorini, family friend, and Ana Cosic Pajurin, Kreso's daughter presented Kreso's autobiography in Dubrovnik. 

Ana emphasized how when deciding on the book concept, she realized that it had to go chronologically because while you are reading it, you realize how much he matures as a man and as a basketball player with each turning page. 

Kreso started writing his autobiography in the 80's, just as Ana was born, and never quite finished it. Ana took all his writing and audio cassettes and complied a 400-page book. It’s based on all his memoirs and as Ana claims 'Every single word in that book is his. This is why it is so important for athletes to read it, he constantly emphasizes that a great player is not necessarily the one with the best stats. A great player, makes the team great.'

Vlado said that it was a privilege to know him and be his friend, because wherever he went, he just made everyone a better person. He said that little is known about his efforts in the Croatian embassy in the U.S. during the Homeland war in Croatia, how important he was for the country in helping explain the complex situation that was taking place at the time. 'He was very much at home in the U.S., he knew so many people wherever he went. In Utah he was a hero, they build a sports hall just so that they could fit 20,000 people that wanted to go see him play at BYU. He was the first foreigner All-American, can you believe this man rejected the NBA? Who does that? He was offered a huge contract but finally decided to go home, because he missed his friends and the Zadar way of life too much.'

Fattorini recalled memories of them visiting Italy where Kreso played and how he received the biggest standing ovation even though he was at the time playing for the competing team. 'Wherever he showed up, they applauded him, it would take us an hour to just walk down a street because everyone wanted an autograph, to talk to him, just to say hi.' 

The Visia Hall in Dubrovnik center was filled with nostalgic fans and young basketball players showing that he is not forgotten in any corner of Croatia and wider.

 

04/04/2019

Here is What People are Saying About Kreso’s Book

''I have the need to say that I am honestly fascinated with the text. It fantastic, interesting, intriguing, with numerous life lessons. There is no such book in Croatian literature. It is so powerful, it reveals in a very direct way a completely new dimention of a great athlete. Reading is joy, it widens the readers horizons and enables a sort of emotional connection to a world-class athlete. I especially enjoyed the end, I had this gush of emotion and couldn’t keep myself from sheading a tear. It was an honor to read this book. As a reader I have to say: Thank you for sharing it with the world."

Alan Čaplar, editor, 1st edition

 

''This is great. This book is especially important for the history of basketball. An unusual writer, an exceptional basketball player. I am still in shock, good shock, as to how much this autobiography is nothing like I’ve ever read."

Jovan Kosijer, former Sportske novosti journalist

 

"I can’t remember the last time I read a book. This one, however, I read with such ease and anticipation. Here you see who Kreso was. Objective, self-critical, objective and aware of himself and his surroundings. The way that he presents the success of the Jugosavian national team is elegant and full of spirit. And that is exactly who he was."

Vladimir Vanjak, friend

 

"Kreso just gave me blast from the past. I went back with him to our days when we were young, days I long for. His memories of every moment of his life and partly mine made me very emotional. I was especially fascinated with his thoughts and explanations, almost philosophical value in all of them. Not to mention his knowledge of sports psychology which is at a scientific level. 
And so, as much as I was happy to read this book, I was also sad. I had a hard time going back to those great times. This book will remind everyone who knew him of who he was and to those that didn’t, it will tell the true story of the greatest of the great, my teammate, friend and best man that I will miss forever.
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Dragan Kapičić, teammate in Jugoslavian national team