|Born||January 25, 1969|
|Nationality||Slovak / Italian|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Gymnázium Andreja Vrábla Levice|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2002–2003||Upea Capo D'Orlando|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Richard Petruška (born January 25, 1969) is a Slovak-Italian 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.
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.
National team career
After he retired from playing professional basketball, Petruška became a basketball coach. He has worked as a coach at the CBA (Canarias Basketball Academy).
Petruška lives in Canada.
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