Richard Petruška

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Richard Petruška
Personal information
Born (1969-01-25) January 25, 1969 (age 51)
Levice, Czechoslovakia
NationalitySlovak / Italian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High schoolGymnázium Andreja Vrábla Levice
(Levice, Slovakia)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career1988–2003
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1988–1990Inter Bratislava
1993–1994Houston Rockets
1994–1998Cagiva Varese
1999–2001Unicaja Málaga
2001Tau Cerámica
2002–2003Upea Capo D'Orlando
2003CAI Zaragoza
Career highlights and awards
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Richard Petruška (born January 25, 1969) is a Slovak[1]-Italian[2][3] retired professional basketball player and coach. He was born in Levice, Czechoslovakia. At a height of 6'10" (2.08 m) tall, and a weight of 260 lbs. (118 kg), he played at the power forward and center positions.

College career[edit]

Petruška played college basketball at Loyola Marymount, and UCLA, in the United States.

Professional career[edit]

Petruška was selected by the Houston Rockets, of the National Basketball Association (NBA), with the 46th overall pick (2nd round), of the 1993 NBA draft. He played in 22 games with the Rockets, during the 1993–94 NBA season, and scored 53 total points. His only NBA season also saw him as part of an NBA championship team, which resulted in him accidentally dropping and denting the team's first Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during the celebration of the title. The dent in the trophy's basketball would remain a part of the trophy until 2018, when the team commissioned replacements after an ownership change.[4]

National team career[edit]

Petruška was a member of the senior Czechoslovakian national basketball team. He played with the Czechoslovakia at the 1991 EuroBasket.

Coaching career[edit]

After he retired from playing professional basketball, Petruška became a basketball coach. He has worked as a coach at the CBA (Canarias Basketball Academy).

Personal life[edit]

Petruška lives in Canada.


  1. ^ Richard PETRUSKA (SVK).
  2. ^ Richard Petruska nacionalidad | licencia: ITA (in Spanish).
  3. ^ RICHARD PETRUSKA Nationality ITA.
  4. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (20 September 2018). "Rockets receive replicas of championship trophies". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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