Dario Šarić no longer on speaking terms with father

Dario Saric with his mother and father

When Croatian Wunderkind Dario Šarić recently signed with Cibona Zagreb it seemed like it was the end of a soap series that had lasted for months. Now, it turns out that it wasn’t.

Since the signing, Dario Šarić and his father are no longer on speaking terms and don’t have any contact with each other anymore.

Father Predrag did not even attend Dario’s first game for Cibona (8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the 73-64 victory against city rival Cedevita).

In an interview with www.24sata.hr the father says:

“Cibona was a big club. Once upon a time. Today they are not. There is financial chaos and they have debts everywhere. They don’t have a real team, no coach, and are losing games left and right sometimes even by 30 points. They are travelling by bus to international Eurocup games. Cibona was the worst option for Dario.”

It is publicly known that father Predrag would have preferred to see his son play (on loan) for KK Split.

“That’s a club with a vision and a proven coaching staff that would guarantee skill development. But Dario’s managers didn’t want to hear about it. I know at least a dozen clubs who were ready to pay the EUR 550.000 buyout and then send Dario on loan to Split where he could mature and develop his skills, but his managers sabotages every attempt in this direction.”

Father Predrag currently lives in Split and could also have monitored the development of his son closer if he had played for Split. He goes on in his expression of how frustrated he is with the managers of his son (of which one is a former team mate of the father when they both played for KK Sibenka).

“Before Dario signed with Cibona these managers called me every day, but now I have not heard anything from them. I was not involved in the negotiations with Cibona, nor do I know what type of contract my son eventually signed. I regret that I ever initiated the contact with these managers. But at that time I had no other choice. I speak no English and teams were calling us around the clock. I could not communicate with them, let stand that I had any experience with negotiations or knew anything about FIBA rules. That’s why I felt at that time that we needed help. I am fed up with everything. One day I will go out in the open and tell everything to the press”.


  1. willy on December 11, 2012 at 13:55

    C’mon Dad, why don’t you just shut it up…?
    Son is major, and you told him to sign with these agents to represent him… No what? 🙂

  2. Tin on December 11, 2012 at 12:41

    Cream will rise to the top.. Dario = cream!

  3. Jayman on December 11, 2012 at 10:22

    Incredible story! The father should have known better to start with. His son followed his advise initially with only good intentions off course. The agents themselves went their “own” way and this is the resukt. However, the father is more than right about Cibona as a club/organization. Sad story, no winners involved!

  4. Katz on December 11, 2012 at 09:47

    Nice story. Worst part is that father seems to be right and family is ruined. Why kids always think that their parents are idiots?

  5. Paul Hooks on December 10, 2012 at 14:32

    Managers called him every day, and now they do not call any more. In the meantime they signed him to a problematic club. The father choose the idiots to represent his son and now he is upset. He should have known better, he knows those snakes for a decades!!!

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