According to Los Angeles Clippers coach, Doc Rivers, Vucevic is at the moment the best unsung hero of the NBA. When he moved to Orlando Magic in 2012 was almost unknown to everyone. But he proved the critics wrong. Vucinic enjoys an exciting season with an average record of 19 points and 11,1 rebounds.
Back on the 23rd of January in 2006, Vucevic survived from the most horryfying train accidents in the Balkan peninsula as 45 people were tragically killed. The train was derailed falling in a canyon of 30 metres depth.
Every year on this day, him and his ex-teammates of the under-18 Mornar squad who survived, send texts to each other recalling their memories. “Yeah, that’s true. I really admire your interest over this story but I don’t want to talk too much about it. It was very harsh. I experienced scenes that I don’t want to revive them ever again,” Vucevic told sdna.gr.
But he carries on despite the fear these scenes bring to his memory. “Suddenly the train stopped and I realised that something is going wrong. I heard the inspector saying… ‘this is realy bad’ and straight after the train started speeding up enormously. It was terrifying. The train was spinning, one carriage was cut in two pieces and the roof collapsed. Can you imagine how does it feel for a 16-year-old boy to see everywhere dead bodies, injured people, blood? You can’t forget it. The death was all over the place. One of my teammates unfortunately died. The whole country was in shock. I was transferred to a nearby hospital. Most of us escaped the accident with injuries. But one of us didn’t. He was only 14 years of age,” he said.
This accident helped Vucevic as a person as it changed his perspective of life. “My life changed completely from this day onwards. I have changed my priorities in my everyday life,” Vucevic acknowledges.