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Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
(Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced [ʋlǎːde dǐːʋats]; born February 3, 1968) is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former player, currently serving as the vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings.[1] Divac spent most of his career in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). At 7 ft 1 in, he played center and was known for his passing skills. He was among the first group of European basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late 1980s and was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague
EuroLeague
Contributors.[2] He is one of seven players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Pau Gasol, and Hakeem Olajuwon.[3][n 1] Divac was also the first player born and trained outside the United States to play in over 1,000 games in the NBA. On August 20, 2010, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
in recognition of his play in international competition.[4] Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a humanitarian, helping children in his native country of Serbia, and in Africa.[5] In October 2008, he was appointed as government adviser in Serbia for humanitarian issues.[6] In February 2009, he was elected President of the Serbian Olympic Committee
Serbian Olympic Committee
for a 4-year term [7] and re-elected in November 2012.[8] In 2013, Divac received an honor from the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.[9]

Contents

1 Club playing career

1.1 KK Partizan 1.2 Los Angeles Lakers 1.3 Charlotte Hornets 1.4 Two games with KK Crvena zvezda 1.5 Sacramento Kings 1.6 Return to the Lakers 1.7 Retirement

2 National team 3 NBA career statistics

3.1 Regular season 3.2 Playoffs

4 Major career achievements

4.1 KK Partizan 4.2 Yugoslavia national team 4.3 NBA

5 Administrative career

5.1 KK Partizan 5.2 LA Lakers 5.3 Real Madrid 5.4 Olympic Committee of Serbia 5.5 Sacramento Kings

6 Investments 7 Humanitarian work 8 In popular culture 9 Personal life 10 Filmography

10.1 Movies 10.2 Television

11 See also 12 References

12.1 Notes

13 Further reading 14 External links

Club playing career[edit] Divac began playing basketball in his home town Prijepolje
Prijepolje
for the team KK Elan. He began his professional career in Yugoslavia playing for Sloga from Kraljevo, and was immediately noted for scoring 27 points against Crvena zvezda.[10] KK Partizan[edit] In the summer of 1986, Divac was the top star of the basketball transfer season, and he ended up signing with Partizan for DM14,000.[10] In the 1986–87 Yugoslav First League season, with players like Divac, Aleksandar Đorđević, Žarko Paspalj, Željko Obradović, and with coach Duško Vujošević
Duško Vujošević
at the helm, Partizan had a "dream team", which won the Yugoslavian League title. In the subsequent 1987–88 FIBA European Champions Cup
1987–88 FIBA European Champions Cup
season (now called EuroLeague), the club failed to reach the top of the EuroLeague, after having lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the semifinal in Ghent.[11] Jugoplastika, with Dino Rađa
Dino Rađa
and Toni Kukoč, was a stronger team in the subsequent three years, reigning both in Yugoslavia and in Europe. Divac had an unusual style compared to most other centers of his generation: despite his height, he possessed good mobility, had good control of the ball, and was a decent shooter. On occasion, he would also act as a play maker. His trademark moves included a mid-range shot at the top of the key and flip shots around the rim, while facing the complete opposite direction. His quirky moves complemented how he liked playing gags on the court: in the 1989 EuroBasket, he lifted teammate Zoran Radović for a slam dunk. In just four professional seasons in Europe, he became the most sought-after big man on the continent, after Arvydas Sabonis.[10] Los Angeles Lakers[edit] Drafted into the NBA in 1989 by the Los Angeles Lakers, Divac became one of the first European players to have an impact in the league. Under the mentorship of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
and Magic Johnson, he improved his play and adapted to the American style of basketball. Though he spoke no English, he quickly became popular among his teammates and the public for his charm and joviality. In the 1989–90 season, he was selected into the NBA All-Rookie Team.[10] Divac earned a reputation for flopping, or deceiving the officials into calling a foul on the other team by purposely falling to the floor upon contact with an opposing player.[12] Veteran NBA forward P. J. Brown claimed that Divac might have been the best of all time at flopping.[13] Divac freely admitted doing so, adding that he usually did it when he felt like the officials had missed some calls and owed him.[14] However, when the NBA instituted anti-flopping penalties in 2012, Divac expressed his support for such rules, stating that he felt players after him were "overdo[ing] it" with respect to flopping.[15] Ian Thomsen, a Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
columnist, grouped Divac with fellow international players Anderson Varejão
Anderson Varejão
and Manu Ginóbili
Manu Ginóbili
as the players who "made [flopping] famous", exaggerating contact on the court in a manner analogous to diving in FIFA
FIFA
games.[16] Charlotte Hornets[edit] On July 1, 1996, Divac was traded to the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
and played two seasons there until signing with the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
in July 1998. Two games with KK Crvena zvezda[edit] During the 1998–99 NBA lockout, in January 1999, Divac played 2 games for Partizan's eternal rival KK Crvena Zvezda, in the 1998–99 EuroLeague
EuroLeague
season.[17] His debut for the crveno-beli took place mid-season, on Orthodox Christmas, versus a heavily favoured Žalgiris side led by Tyus Edney, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Saulius Štombergas, and Jiří Zídek Jr.. Supported by a raucous home crowd and energized by Divac's arrival, as well as his 16 points and 8 rebounds, Crvena zvezda pulled off a 77-69 memorable upset win.[18] Divac's brief stint with Crvena zvezda, for which he reportedly got paid US$250,000 per game,[18] immediately became a sore point with KK Partizan fans, who unfurled a banner calling him a traitor, at their club's next game.[18] The issue of playing for the hated cross-town rival reignited several years later, when Divac returned to KK Partizan
KK Partizan
as club president. At the time, he stated his decision to play for Crvena zvezda was "a mistake".[18] Sacramento Kings[edit] He then signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
where he played for six seasons alongside fellow countryman Peja Stojaković. Teamed with Stojaković, Hedo Türkoğlu, Chris Webber
Chris Webber
and Mike Bibby; Divac revitalized the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
franchise. The Kings rose in the NBA ranks, becoming a perennial playoff contender and eventually a championship contender, leading the league in wins in 2001–02.[19] The Kings, however, could not get past the Los Angeles Lakers, who beat them in a 7-game series in 2002. [20] Return to the Lakers[edit] After the 2003–04 NBA season, Divac became a free agent. He signed a deal to return to the Lakers, part of Mitch Kupchak's plan to overhaul Laker basketball. The Lakers, following a defeat in the NBA Finals, had traded away or released most of their players, including Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Derek Fisher, and more; Divac was supposed to help fill that void. However, Divac suffered back problems and could not play most of the season, and even when he returned, could only play about nine minutes per game, averaging 2.3 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game in 15 games, he played 8 games early in the season and 7 more in the final month of the season. On 14 July 2005, 37-year-old Divac announced his retirement, ending his sixteen-year NBA and twenty-two-year professional basketball career.[21] Divac accepted a position with the Lakers as a European liaison to help with scouting overseas. Retirement[edit] The Kings retired his No. 21 jersey in a ceremony on March 31, 2009.[22] Over his 16 years in the NBA, Divac earned over $93,000,000 in salary.[23] In September 2009, he played for the "NBA Generations" team in the 2009 NBA Asia Challenge, a series of exhibitions against Korean Basketball
Basketball
League and Philippine Basketball
Basketball
Association players.[24] National team[edit]

Divac with Dražen Petrović
Dražen Petrović
in the 1990 FIBA World Championship
1990 FIBA World Championship
held in Argentina.

In summer 1986, at 18, right after signing for KK Partizan, Divac debuted for the senior Yugoslavia national basketball team
Yugoslavia national basketball team
at the 1986 FIBA
FIBA
World Championship in Madrid, on invitation by the head coach Krešimir Ćosić. However, the excellent rookie's performance was spoiled by the event in the semi-finals against the Soviet Union. Forty-five seconds before the end, Yugoslavia had a comfortable lead of 9 points, but the Soviets scored two three-pointers within a few seconds and cut the difference to 3 points. Yugoslavia tried to hold the ball for the remaining time, opting to continue the play with throw-ins instead of free throws following fouls, but with only 14 seconds left, Divac committed a double dribble, the Soviets were awarded the ball, and tied the score with another three-pointer. In the overtime, the Soviets easily prevailed against the shocked Yugoslavs, who had to be content with the bronze.[10] The next year, Divac participated in the team that took the gold at the FIBA
FIBA
Junior World Championship (since split into separate under-19 and under-21 events) in Bormio, Italy. That event launched the young generation of Yugoslavian basket ballers, also featuring stars like Rađa and Kukoč, regarded as likely the best in history. Before the breakup of Yugoslavia, they would also take the titles at EuroBasket 1989 and the 1990 FIBA World Championship
1990 FIBA World Championship
in Argentina,[10] where they were led by Dražen Petrović,[25] as well as the EuroBasket
EuroBasket
1991 title, with Aleksandar Đorđević
Aleksandar Đorđević
at point guard.[26]

Divac (fourth from right, at centre) with the Yugoslavia team that won the EuroBasket
EuroBasket
1989.

When Yugoslavia won the gold in the 1990 FIBA
FIBA
World Championship, fans rushed onto the court. One of them was holding a Croatian flag, one of the six republics that made up Yugoslavia. Divac claims that he told the man that he should not be waving that flag, since this was a win for Yugoslavia. Divac claims the man made a derogatory remark about the Yugoslav flag, at which point Divac took his flag from him. This happened during a very tense time where nationalistic pride was threatening to tear Yugoslavia apart and ignite a war. The taking of the flag made Divac a hero to Serbs, and a villain to Croatians. Divac has stated that he did not mean it as an act against Croatia
Croatia
and he would have taken away a Serbian flag if a Serb fan had done the same.[27][28] This action, along with the Yugoslav Wars, alienated Divac from many of his former Croatian friends, particularly Dražen Petrović, whom he considered his best friend.[27] When Yugoslavia won EuroBasket 1995, and Croatia
Croatia
won bronze, Croatia, still at war with Serbs from Croatia, walked off the podium during the medal ceremony. The teams had not faced each other in the tournament. NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1989–90 LA Lakers 82 5 19.6 .499 .000 .708 6.2 0.9 1.0 1.4 8.5

1990–91 LA Lakers 82 81 28.2 .565 .357 .703 8.1 1.1 1.3 1.5 11.2

1991–92 LA Lakers 36 18 27.2 .495 .263 .768 6.9 1.7 1.5 1.0 11.3

1992–93 LA Lakers 82 69 30.8 .485 .280 .689 8.9 2.8 1.6 1.7 12.8

1993–94 LA Lakers 79 73 34.0 .506 .191 .686 10.8 3.9 1.2 1.4 14.2

1994–95 LA Lakers 80 80 35.1 .507 .185 .777 10.4 4.1 1.4 2.2 16.0

1995–96 LA Lakers 79 79 31.3 .513 .167 .641 8.6 3.3 1.0 1.7 12.9

1996–97 Charlotte 81 80 35.1 .494 .234 .683 9.0 3.7 1.3 2.2 12.6

1997–98 Charlotte 64 41 28.2 .498 .214 .691 8.1 2.7 1.3 1.5 10.4

1998–99 Sacramento 50 50 35.2 .470 .256 .702 10.0 4.3 0.9 1.0 14.3

1999–2000 Sacramento 82 81 29.0 .503 .269 .691 8.3 2.9 1.3 1.3 12.3

2000–01 Sacramento 81 81 29.9 .482 .286 .691 8.3 2.9 1.1 1.1 12.0

2001–02 Sacramento 80 80 30.3 .472 .231 .615 8.4 3.7 1.0 1.2 11.1

2002–03 Sacramento 80 80 29.8 .466 .240 .713 7.2 3.4 1.0 1.3 9.9

2003–04 Sacramento 81 81 28.6 .470 .154 .654 5.7 5.3 0.7 1.0 9.9

2004–05 LA Lakers 15 0 8.7 .419 .000 .667 2.1 1.3 0.3 0.1 2.3

Career 1134 979 29.8 .495 .235 .692 8.2 3.1 1.1 1.4 11.8

All-Star 1 0 9.0 .667 .000 – 3.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 8.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1990 LA Lakers 9 1 19.4 .727 .500 .895 5.3 1.1 0.9 1.7 9.1

1991 LA Lakers 19 19 32.1 .564 .167 .803 6.7 1.1 1.4 2.2 13.3

1992 LA Lakers 4 4 35.8 .349 .000 .900 5.5 3.8 1.3 0.8 9.8

1993 LA Lakers 5 5 33.4 .500 .444 .545 9.4 5.6 1.2 2.4 18.0

1995 LA Lakers 10 10 38.8 .467 .222 .645 8.5 3.1 0.8 1.3 15.6

1996 LA Lakers 4 4 28.8 .429 .200 .625 7.5 2.0 0.0 1.3 9.0

1997 Charlotte 3 3 38.7 .457 .000 .800 8.7 3.3 1.0 2.0 18.0

1998 Charlotte 9 9 38.3 .483 .000 .606 10.9 3.4 0.8 1.6 11.6

1999 Sacramento 5 5 39.6 .446 .200 .833 10.0 4.6 1.6 0.8 16.2

2000 Sacramento 5 5 32.0 .357 .000 .696 7.2 2.8 1.4 0.8 11.2

2001 Sacramento 8 8 28.1 .350 .333 .763 8.4 2.4 1.0 1.5 10.8

2002 Sacramento 16 16 33.4 .464 .268 .755 9.3 1.7 1.1 1.3 13.5

2003 Sacramento 12 12 26.4 .560 .000 .673 5.8 2.3 0.7 0.9 11.4

2004 Sacramento 12 12 19.6 .437 .000 .739 4.9 1.8 0.3 0.4 6.6

Career 121 113 30.8 .480 .241 .731 7.5 2.4 1.0 1.4 12.1

Major career achievements[edit] KK Partizan[edit]

Yugoslav League Champion: (1987) 1988 EuroLeague
EuroLeague
Final Four: 3rd Place Yugoslav Cup Winner: (1989) Korać Cup Winner: (1989)

Yugoslavia national team[edit]

Earned gold medal with Yugoslavia's under-18 nationals at the 1985 FIBA
FIBA
Europe Under-16 Championship in Rousse, Bulgaria Earned gold medal with Yugoslavia's under-21 nationals at the 1986 FIBA
FIBA
Europe Under-18 Championship in Gmunden, Austria Earned gold medal with Yugoslavia's under-21 nationals at the 1987 FIBA Under-19 World Championship
FIBA Under-19 World Championship
in Bormio, Italy, defeating the U.S. team twice in that tournament Earned silver medals in 1988 Summer Olympic Games (for SFR Yugoslavia) and 1996 Summer Olympic Games (for FR Yugoslavia) Earned gold medals with SFRY at the 1990 FIBA
FIBA
World Championship (Argentina) and with FRY at the 2002 FIBA World Championship
2002 FIBA World Championship
(U.S.) Earned gold medals at EuroBasket
EuroBasket
in Zagreb 1989, and Rome 1991 (with SFRY), and in Athens 1995 (with FRY)

NBA[edit]

Named to the 1989–90 NBA All-Rookie First Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team
after averaging 8.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg for the Lakers Appeared in the 1991 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
and averaged 12.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.4 apg in 121 career NBA Playoff games Ranks 4th in Lakers franchise history with 830 blocked shots Ranked 2nd on the Kings in scoring (14.3 ppg), rebounds (10.0 rpg, 10th in the NBA), assists (4.3 apg) and blocked shots (1.02 bpg) in 1998–99 Ranked 12th in the NBA in field-goal percentage (.503) in 1999–2000 Named NBA All-Star, 2001 One of only five basketball players born and trained in Europe to play at least 1,000 NBA games (1,134; along with Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, Boris Diaw) One of only four basketball players born and trained in Europe (Peja Stojaković, Dražen Petrović
Dražen Petrović
and Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
are the others) to have his number retired by an NBA team

Administrative career[edit] Through the twilight of his playing career and afterwards, Divac focused on three fields: humanitarian work, sport management, and investment. KK Partizan[edit] In late 2000, following the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević whose policies Divac had been openly critical of throughout mid-to-late 1990s,[29] Divac and former teammate Predrag Danilović
Predrag Danilović
took over their former club KK Partizan. They did so on initiative by Ivica Dačić, the club's outgoing president and, more importantly, a suddenly marginalized politician who, due to his association with Milošević, was forced to leave his post at the club. Seeing that various state-owned companies and community property were being taken over in a dubious manner during the power vacuum that resulted from régime change, Dačić saw it prudent to bring the club's two former greats as a safeguard against the same happening to KK Partizan. Divac became the club's president while Danilović took the vice-president role.[30] Freshly retired from playing, Danilović was actually running the club's day-to-day operations since Divac was still very actively involved with the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
at the time. The head coach they inherited, Darko Russo, finished out the 2000–01 season before they decided in summer 2001 to bring back their mentor Duško Vujošević to be the new head coach. Though the duo never stated so outright, their additional motivation in getting involved with KK Partizan
KK Partizan
again was perceived to be gaining the upper hand on the club's eventual privatisation process once the new Law on Sports gets passed in the Serbian parliament. Since the exact ownership structure of a publicly owned KK Partizan
KK Partizan
wasn't and still isn't really clear, potential investors decided to stay away, at least until the law appears. Divac and Danilović appeared pretty much out of nowhere in this regard but enjoyed plenty of fan and public support because most preferred to see their beloved club owned and operated by its former stars rather than a faceless corporation or a group of politicians, managers or businessmen close to the ruling coalition. However, after a few years the duo ran out of patience and pulled out of the venture in late 2004 because it became too much of a financial burden with no end-goal in sight. While he stopped performing any official functions at the club, Divac continues to be involved with it in a lesser capacity. LA Lakers[edit] From 2005 to 2006, Divac was employed as European scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. Real Madrid[edit] In June 2006, through his friendship with Predrag Mijatović, Divac linked up with Ramón Calderón
Ramón Calderón
as part of the lawyer's candidate bid for the presidency of Real Madrid
Real Madrid
polideportivo. When Calderón closely won the club elections on July 2, 2006, Divac was introduced as the head of operations at Real Madrid
Real Madrid
basketball club. However, Divac's role in the club's day-to-day operations was largely symbolic, and even he himself admitted as much in a March 2007 interview for Croatian weekly Globus: "I literally do nothing and I only serve as part of the royal club's image. I only accepted the job because of Mijatović, who is currently the football director at Real".[31] Olympic Committee of Serbia[edit] Divac was proposed in 2000 as Yugoslavia's candidate for the Sport Commission of the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
in spring 2000. This candidature was withdrawn under pressure from Milošević regime.[32] In February 2009, Divac ran for presidency of the Olympic Committee of Serbia against incumbent president Ivan Ćurković.[33] He won the race after Ćurković withdrew just before the scheduled voting.[7] In November 2012, he was re-elected as the sole candidate; the end of his second mandate coincides with the 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro.[8] In December 2014, Kosovo
Kosovo
was accepted as a full member of the International Olympic Committee. Divac and the Serbian Olympic Committee have been criticised, chiefly by the Democratic Party of Serbia, for failing to take any effort to prevent that.[34] Divac stated that he is not happy with the decision of the IOC, but could not have prevented it as it had already been made, and said he would accept it "in the interest of the athletes".[35] On May 9, 2017, he was succeeded by Serbian former basketball coach Božidar Maljković
Božidar Maljković
on position of the president of Olympic Committee of Serbia.[36] Sacramento Kings[edit] In March 2015, Divac was hired as the vice president of basketball and franchise operations by the Sacramento Kings.[37] He was promoted as vice president of basketball operations and general manager on 31 August 2015.[1] In March 2016, Divac signed a multi-year contract extension with the organization.[38] Investments[edit] Divac has been involved in many non-basketball endeavors while still actively playing in the NBA, and more so after he retired. He is an active restaurant investor in the Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
area. However, his attempts to make major investments in Serbia failed, for a variety of reasons. The most notable affair was a highly publicized business venture—takeover bid of profitable beverage producer Knjaz Miloš. Divac's company "Apurna", in a joint venture with French dairy giant Danone, ostensibly proposed the best bid, but the takeover was aborted by the Serbia's Securities Commission, because Danone/Apurna allegedly offered extra money to small shareholders.[39] In the repeated bid, Divac and Danone
Danone
eventually withdrew and the sale went to FPP Balkan Ltd., a privatization fund from the Cayman Islands. The entire messy affair caused great friction within the Serbian government, wide speculation about corruption, resignation of the Securities Commission chief, and even a police investigation.[40] Another similar, though less spectacular, episode happened with 2005 Divac's attempt to take over the Večernje novosti, a Serbian high-circulation daily.[41] He made an agreement with small shareholders to take over the company by means of registering a new company with joint capital, which would increase the share capital. However, the Serbian Government intervened and halted what should have been a mere technical move. While the attempted takeover was a "backdoor" one indeed, it was legal and similar cases had already happened. The government ostensibly feared lack of control over the influential daily. Even though the Supreme Court of Serbia
Supreme Court of Serbia
eventually ruled in Divac's favor, he withdrew from the contest, citing "friendly advice" by unnamed persons.[42] Embittered, he decided to stop his attempts to invest in Serbia: "All of this is ugly and I'm very upset... I realized that there's no place for me in Serbia and my friends can meet me in Madrid from now on... In Serbia, some different rules are in effect, and I can't conceive them".[43] However, that turned out not to be true, as in October 2007 Divac got legally registered as 100% owner of Voda Voda, a bottled water brand previously owned by businessman Vojin Đorđević. That transaction was also followed by a stir of controversy, as Đorđević publicly accused Divac of deceit, asserting that he broke a gentlemen's agreement they had, and questioning the validity of the contract that Divac presented to the Serbian Business Registers Agency. The circumstances surrounding the deal (as of November 2007) are still unclear: Divac claims that he indeed loaned some money to the Đorđević's Si&Si company, which was in financial troubles, and after Đorđević failed to fulfill his part of the deal, just used the contract, already properly signed by Đorđević, to claim ownership of the company.[44][45] Humanitarian work[edit]

Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
(rear, center) alongside Crown Prince Alexander II in 2005, at an event for World Heart Day

Divac is a humanitarian worker, focusing on aid to children worldwide and refugees in his home country. Along with six Serbian basketball teammates, Divac established the charity called Group Seven, later renamed to "Divac's Children Foundation", and works closely with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), helping them to raise around US$500,000 for humanitarian assistance in Serbia since 1997.[46] Divac's own foundation, presided by his wife Snežana, provided over $2,500,000 in humanitarian assistance through 1998–2007.[47] In late 2007 Divac founded a humanitarian organization, "You Can Too" (Serbian: Можеш и ти/Možeš i ti), bent on assisting the refugees in Serbia. Serbia has around 500,000 refugees from the 1990s Yugoslav wars, making it the country with the largest refugee problem in Europe.[47] Around 7,800 of those people still live in collective centers under poor conditions, so the organization has vouched itself to buy abandoned countryside houses, in an attempt to finally solve their accommodation problem.[48] From September 21 to 23, 2007, Divac organized an official farewell from active basketball career in his hometown Prijepolje
Prijepolje
and Belgrade, simultaneously promoting the "You Can Too" campaign. The spectacle culminated in gathering of Divac and his worldwide friends in front of 10,000 people outside the National Assembly building.[49] In popular culture[edit] In the early 1990s, the song "Vlade Divac" by Belgrade band Deca Loših Muzičara, devoted to his transfer to Lakers, was a big hit; the band finally got to personally meet Divac and perform the song with him on his farewell party in 2007.[50] During his time with the Lakers, Divac's popularity and marketing potential, in addition to his entertaining and good-natured personality, were picked up on by the American TV industry. As a result, he appeared quite a few times on Los Angeles-based late night programmes such as The Arsenio Hall Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 1990, he was featured in a commercial with Laker teammates A. C. Green and Mychal Thompson
Mychal Thompson
for the Schick brand razors company.[51] He also appeared in American sitcoms Married... with Children
Married... with Children
and Coach, as well as in the short lived Good Sports sitcom. On the big screen Divac took part in basketball-based movies Eddie, Space Jam
Space Jam
and Juwanna Mann. Later in his career, he appeared on Larry King Live
Larry King Live
in 1999 and The Late Late Show in 2002. In Serbia, all throughout his playing career, Divac regularly appeared in commercials pitching products ranging from Atlas Beer to Société Générale Bank mortgage credit plans. He appeared in a national TV commercial in the United States alongside former NBA star Darryl Dawkins for Taco Bell. Divac appeared as a special guest on Eurovision 2008. He threw a ball into the audience, which marked the beginning of televoting. Divac features in the ESPN
ESPN
30 for 30
30 for 30
documentary Once Brothers, where he discusses the exploits of the Yugoslavia national basketball team in the late 1980s and early 1990s and how the Yugoslav Wars
Yugoslav Wars
tore them apart, especially in context of his broken friendship with Croatian player Dražen Petrović.[27] Divac appears in Boris Malagurski's documentary film The Weight of Chains, in which he talks about the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Personal life[edit] Divac and his wife, Snežana, have two sons, Luka and Matija, and an adopted daughter, Petra, whose biological parents were killed by Kosovo
Kosovo
Liberation Army snipers during the Kosovo
Kosovo
War.[29] Filmography[edit] Movies[edit]

Driving Me Crazy (1991) – Yugo Boss Eddie (1996) – Himself (Los Angeles Lakers) Space Jam
Space Jam
(1996) – Himself (Los Angeles Lakers) Driving Me Crazy (TV) (2000) – Viglione, Gene Juwanna Mann
Juwanna Mann
(2002) – beat player Morse Crossover (2004) – Himself A3 - Rock'n'Roll uzvraca udarac (2006) – Pretpostavljeni We are No Angels 3: Rock & Roll Fight Back (2008) – God The Weight of Chains
The Weight of Chains
(2010) – Himself (documentary interview)

Television[edit]

Once Brothers
Once Brothers
ESPN
ESPN
documentary about Dražen Petrović
Dražen Petrović
and Vlade Divac Good Sports, "The Reviews are in" (1991) – Himself Coach, "Dateline-Bangkok" (1992) – delivery man Married... with Children, episode "A Tisket, a Tasket, Can Peg Make a Basket?" (1993) – Himself Rachel Gunn, R.N., "Rachel Sees Red" (2000) Crni Gruja, "Kolac" (2003) – Vampir Toza Želite li da postanete milioner?
Želite li da postanete milioner?
– Serbia, New Year's 2008 celebrity charity edition – Himself (Answered 13 questions, won RSD1,250,000)

See also[edit]

List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
players with 1000 games played List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
career rebounding leaders List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
career blocks leaders List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
players with 10 or more blocks in a game List of Serbian NBA players

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ponovo izabran za predsednika Olimpijskog komiteta" [ Vlade Divac
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re-elected for the President of the Olympic Committee] (in Serbian). Beta. November 7, 2012.  ^ "Kings News Full The Official Site Of The Sacramento Kings". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24.  ^ a b c d e f Slobodan Georgijev (2007-09-20). "Srbin broj jedan van Srbije" (in Serbian). Vreme.  ^ "Istorija: Novi "Dream Team"". Partizan official website. Retrieved 2007-09-24. [dead link] ^ Tim Povtak (2007-01-28). "Shutting down acting school?". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-04-29.  ^ Flopping keeps cropping up, by Doug Haller, The Arizona Republic, published March 18, 2007, retrieved April 29, 2007 ^ BEST ACTOR: DIVAC IN `FLOP WARS II', by Kevin Modesti, Los Angeles Daily News, published May 22, 2002 ^ "Even Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
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Vlade Divac
searches for closure in ESPN's 'Once Brothers'". LA Times.  ^ a b Rick Reilly
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Kosovo
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Vlade Divac
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Vlade Divac
slam dunks the Serbian government". Southeast European Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25.  ^ Lj. Malešević (2006-07-21). "Vukčević: Dijaspora će zapamtiti kako je prošao Divac" (in Serbian). Dnevnik (Novi Sad). Retrieved 2007-09-25. [dead link] ^ "'You are insulting me while you have debts'". Blic. 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-05.  ^ "Government to intervene in Voda Voda feud". B92. 2007-11-02. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-05.  ^ "About us". Divac's Children Foundation. Retrieved 2007-09-25.  ^ a b "Divac Creates New Team With "You Can Too" Campaign". NBA.com. 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-09-25.  ^ "Divac za 7.850 izbeglica" (in Serbian). B92. 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-09-25.  ^ "Spektakularni oproštaj Divca" (in Serbian). B92. 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-09-25.  ^ " Deca Loših Muzičara
Deca Loših Muzičara
pevaju za Divca!". Kurir. 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-09-25.  ^ "1990 – Schick – Vlade Divac, A.C. Green, Mychal Thompson". YouTube. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 

Notes[edit]

^ The NBA did not record blocked shots before the 1973–74 season, so earlier players such as Bill Russell
Bill Russell
and Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
probably had similar career achievements.

Further reading[edit]

Đorđević, Ivan (2007). "Владе Дивац – недовршена транзициона бајка" (PDF). Glasnik Etnografskog instituta SANU. 55 (1). doi:10.2298/GEI0701061D.  (in Serbian)

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Awards and achievements

Civic offices

Preceded by Ivan Ćurković President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia February 24, 2009 – May 9, 2017 Succeeded by Božidar Maljković

Sporting positions

Preceded by Ivica Dačić President of the KK Partizan 2000–2004 Succeeded by Jovica Pavlović

Preceded by Pete D'Alessandro General manager of the Sacramento Kings 2015–present Succeeded by Incumbent

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Partizan 1988–89 FIBA Korać Cup
FIBA Korać Cup
champions

Divac Đorđević Danilović Paspalj Nakić Obradović Popović Savović Vujačić Mutavdžić Orcev Prlinčević Lakićević Bosanac Coach: Vujošević

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Yugoslavia squad – 1986 FIBA World Championship
1986 FIBA World Championship
– Bronze medal

4 D. Petrović (MVP) 5 A. Petrović 6 Divac 7 Čutura 8 Petranović 9 Mutapčić 10 Radović 11 Vranković 12 Radovanović 13 Arapović 14 Dalipagić 15 Cvjetićanin Coach: Ćosić

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Yugoslavia squad – EuroBasket
EuroBasket
1987 – Bronze medal

4 D. Petrović 5 A. Petrović 6 Đorđević 7 Kukoč 8 Paspalj 9 Grbović 10 Radović 11 Vranković 12 Radovanović 13 Divac 14 Rađa 15 Cvjetićanin Coach: Ćosić

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Yugoslavia squad – 1988 Summer Olympics – Silver medal

4 Petrović 5 Radulović 6 Čutura 7 Kukoč 8 Paspalj 9 Obradović 10 Zdovc 11 Vranković 12 Divac 13 Rađa 14 Arapović 15 Cvjetićanin Coach: Ivković

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Yugoslavia squad – EuroBasket 1989
EuroBasket 1989
– Gold medal

4 Petrović (MVP) 5 Radulović 6 Čutura 7 Kukoč 8 Paspalj 9 Zdovc 10 Radović 11 Vranković 12 Divac 13 Danilović 14 Rađa 15 Primorac Coach: Ivković

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Yugoslavia squad – 1990 FIBA World Championship
1990 FIBA World Championship
– Gold medal

4 Petrović 5 Perasović 6 Čutura 7 Kukoč (MVP) 8 Paspalj 9 Zdovc 10 Obradović 11 Ćurčić 12 Divac 13 Komazec 14 Jovanović 15 Savić Coach: Ivković

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Yugoslavia squad – EuroBasket 1991
EuroBasket 1991
– Gold medal

4 Sretenović 5 Perasović 6 Đorđević 7 Kukoč (MVP) 8 Paspalj 9 Zdovc 10 Danilović 11 Jovanović 12 Divac 13 Komazec 14 Rađa 15 Savić Coach: Ivković

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FR Yugoslavia squad – EuroBasket 1995
EuroBasket 1995
– Gold medal

4 Bodiroga 5 Danilović 6 Obradović 7 Sretenović 8 Paspalj 9 Berić 10 Đorđević 11 Rebrača 12 Divac 13 Savić 14 Tomašević 15 Koturović Coach: Ivković

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FR Yugoslavia squad – 1996 Summer Olympics – Silver medal

4 Bodiroga 5 Danilović 6 S. Obradović 7 Lončar 8 Paspalj 9 Berić 10 Đorđević 11 Rebrača 12 Divac 13 Savić 14 Tomašević 15 Topić Coach: Ž. Obradović

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FR Yugoslavia squad – EuroBasket
EuroBasket
1999 – Bronze medal

4 Bodiroga 5 Danilović 6 S. Obradović 7 Lončar 8 Gurović 9 Šćepanović 10 Lukovski 11 Stojaković 12 Divac 13 Tarlać 14 Tomašević 15 Topić Coach: Ž. Obradović

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FR Yugoslavia squad – 2002 FIBA World Championship
2002 FIBA World Championship
– Gold medal

4 Bodiroga 5 Koturović 6 Čabarkapa 7 Rakočević 8 Stojaković 9 Radmanović 10 Jarić 11 Drobnjak 12 Divac 13 Vujanić 14 Tomašević 15 Gurović Coach: Pešić

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Sacramento Kings

Founded in 1923 Formerly the Rochester Seagrams (1923–1942), Rochester Eber Seagrams (1942–1943), Rochester Pros (1943–1945), Rochester Royals (1945–1957), Cincinnati Royals (1957–1972); played in Kansas City-Omaha (1972–1975), Kansas City (1975–1985) Based in Sacramento, California

Franchise

Franchise All-time roster Draft history Head coaches Records Seasons Current season

Arenas

Edgerton Park Arena Rochester War Memorial Cincinnati Gardens Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Omaha Civic Auditorium Kemper Arena ARCO Arena Sleep Train Arena Golden 1 Center

G League affiliate

Reno Bighorns

Administration

Vivek Ranadivé (Chairman) Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
(President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations) Mike Bratz (VP of Basketball
Basketball
Ops.) Dave Joerger
Dave Joerger
(Head Coach)

Retired numbers

1 2 4 6 11 12 14 16 21 27 44

NBA Championships (1)

1951

Culture and lore

Failed relocation attempts Slamson the Lion Maloof family

Media

TV NBC Sports California Radio KHTK-AM Announcers Gary Gerould Grant Napear Carmichael Dave Doug Christie Jerry Reynolds Fat Lever

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Mr. Europa

1976: Marzorati 1977: Dalipagić 1978: Dalipagić 1979: Tkachenko 1980: Meneghin 1981: Kićanović 1982: Kićanović 1983: Meneghin 1984: Epi 1985: Sabonis 1986: Petrović 1987: Galis 1988: Marčiulionis 1989: Divac 1990: Kukoč 1991: Kukoč 1992: Kukoč 1993: Petrović 1994: Djordjević 1995: Djordjević 1996: Kukoč 1997: Sabonis 1998: Danilović 1999: Meneghin 2000: Fučka 2001: Stojaković 2002: Stojaković 2003: Jasikevičius 2004: P. Gasol 2005: Nowitzki 2006: Garbajosa 2007: Diamantidis 2008: Rubio 2009: P. Gasol 2010: Navarro

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FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)

FIBA
FIBA
Europe

Krešimir Ćosić Dražen Dalipagić Ivo Daneu Mirza Delibašić Vlade Divac Dragan Kićanović Radivoj Korać Toni Kukoč Dražen Petrović Dino Rađja Petar Skansi Zoran Slavnić Alexander Belov Sergei Belov Stepas Butautas Otar Korkia Šarūnas Marčiulionis Anatoly Myshkin Modestas Paulauskas Arvydas Sabonis Sasha Volkov Viktor Zubkov Wayne Brabender Francisco "Nino" Buscató Juan Corbalán Juan Antonio San Epifanio
Juan Antonio San Epifanio
"Epi" Clifford Luyk Fernando Martín Emiliano Rodríguez Pierlo Marzorati Massimo Masini Dino Meneghin Antonello Riva Stano Kropilák Ivan Mrázek Jean-Paul Beugnot Alain Gilles Nikos Galis Georgios Kolokithas Willy Steveniers Atanas Golomeev Ferenc Németh Miki Berkovich

FIBA
FIBA
Americas

Teó Cruz Ricardo Duarte Ubiratan Pereira Maciel Wlamir Marques Bob Morse Amaury Pasos Oscar Schmidt

FIBA
FIBA
Oceania

Andrew Gaze

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EuroLeague's 50 Greatest Contributors (2008)

35 players

Fragiskos Alvertis Sergei Belov Miki Berkovich Dejan Bodiroga Wayne Brabender Juan Antonio Corbalán Krešimir Ćosić Mike D'Antoni Dražen Dalipagić Sašha Danilović Mirza Delibašić Vlade Divac Sašha Djordjević Nikos Galis Manu Ginóbili Šarūnas Jasikevičius Radivoj Korać Toni Kukoč Clifford Luyk Pierlo Marzorati Bob McAdoo Dino Meneghin Bob Morse Aldo Ossola Theo Papaloukas Anthony Parker Dražen Petrović Dino Rađja Manolo Raga Antonello Riva Emiliano Rodríguez Arvydas Sabonis J.A. San Epifanio "Epi" Walter Szczerbiak Sr. Panagiotis Giannakis

10 coaches

Pedro Ferrándiz Pini Gershon Alexander Gomelsky Dušan Ivković Božidar Maljković Ettore Messina Aca Nikolić Željko Obradović Dan Peterson Lolo Sainz

5 referees

Artenik Arabadjian Mikhail Davidov Ľubomír Kotleba Yvan Mainini Costas Rigas

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1989 NBA Draft

First round

Pervis Ellison Danny Ferry Sean Elliott Glen Rice J. R. Reid Stacey King George McCloud Randy White Tom Hammonds Pooh Richardson Nick Anderson Mookie Blaylock Michael Smith Tim Hardaway Todd Lichti Dana Barros Shawn Kemp B. J. Armstrong Kenny Payne Jeff Sanders Blue Edwards Byron Irvin Roy Marble Anthony Cook John Morton Vlade Divac Kenny Battle

Second round

Sherman Douglas Dyron Nix Frank Kornet Jeff Martin Stanley Brundy Jay Edwards Gary Leonard Pat Durham Clifford Robinson Michael Ansley Doug West Ed Horton Dino Rađa Doug Roth Michael Cutright Chucky Brown Reggie Cross Scott Haffner Ricky Blanton Reggie Turner Junie Lewis Haywoode Workman Brian Quinnett Mike Morrison Greg Grant Jeff Hodge Toney Mack

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J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

1975: Unseld 1976: Watts 1977: Bing 1978: Lanier 1979: Murphy 1980: Carr 1981: Glenn 1982: Benson 1983: Erving 1984: Layden 1985: Issel 1986: Cooper & Sparrow 1987: Thomas 1988: English 1989: Bailey 1990: Rivers 1991: K. Johnson 1992: M. Johnson 1993: Porter 1994: Dumars 1995: O'Toole 1996: Dudley 1997: Brown 1998: Smith 1999: Grant 2000: Divac 2001: Mutombo 2002: Mourning 2003: Robinson 2004: Miller 2005: Snow 2006: Garnett 2007: Nash 2008: Billups 2009: Mutombo 2010: Dalembert 2011: Artest 2012: Gasol 2013: Faried 2014: Deng 2015: Noah 2016: Ellington 2017: James

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FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
inductees

Coaches (22)

Alexeyeva Canavesi Díaz-Miguel Donohue Ferrándiz A. Gomelsky E. Gomelsky Gaze Iba Ivković Kondrashin Newell Nikolić Novosel Primo Rubini Smith Soares Stirling Summitt Yow Žeravica

Contributors (35)

Airaldi Rivarola Ashry Atakol Bouffard Busnel Calvo Carneiro Dos Reis Greim Hepp Jones Killian Klieger Kozlowski López Martín Naismith Otto Pitzl Popović Ramsay Samaranch Šaper Saporta Scuri Seguro de Luna Semashko Seye Moreau Stanković Steitz Stern Ueda Vitale Wahby Yoon

Players (55)

A. Belov S. Belov Berkovich Cameron Chazalon Ćosić Cruz Dalipagić Daneu Delibašić Divac Donovan Edwards Epi Fasoulas Furlong Galis Gaze Gonçalves González Herrera Jean-Jacques Jordan Kićanović Korać Kukoč Maciel Marcari Marčiulionis Martín Marzorati Meneghin Meyers Miller Mujanović Olajuwon O'Neal Pasos Petrović Raga Rigaudeau Robertson Robinson Rodríguez Ronchetti Russell Sabonis Schmidt Semjonova Slavnić Timms Tkachenko Valters Voynova Zasulskaya

Teams (1)

United States Men's 1992 Olympic Dream Team

Technical officials (14)

Arabadjian Bain Belošević Blanchard Dimou Hopenhaym Kassai Kostin Lazarov Pfeuti Rae Reverberi Rigas Righetto

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Current heads of basketball operations in the National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge
(Boston Celtics) Sean Marks
Sean Marks
(Brooklyn Nets) Scott Perry (New York Knicks) Bryan Colangelo
Bryan Colangelo
(Philadelphia 76ers) Masai Ujiri
Masai Ujiri
(Toronto Raptors)

Central

John Paxson (Chicago Bulls) Koby Altman (Cleveland Cavaliers) Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
(Detroit Pistons) Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard
(Indiana Pacers) Jon Horst (Milwaukee Bucks)

Southeast

Travis Schlenk (Atlanta Hawks) Buzz Peterson
Buzz Peterson
(interim) (Charlotte Hornets) Pat Riley
Pat Riley
(Miami Heat) John Hammond (Orlando Magic) Ernie Grunfeld
Ernie Grunfeld
(Washington Wizards)

Western Conference

Northwest

Tim Connelly & Artūras Karnišovas (Denver Nuggets) Tom Thibodeau
Tom Thibodeau
(Minnesota Timberwolves) Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder) Neil Olshey (Portland Trail Blazers) Dennis Lindsey (Utah Jazz)

Pacific

Bob Myers
Bob Myers
(Golden State Warriors) Michael Winger (Los Angeles Clippers) Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
& Rob Pelinka
Rob Pelinka
(Los Angeles Lakers) Ryan McDonough (Phoenix Suns) Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
(Sacramento Kings)

Southwest

Donnie Nelson
Donnie Nelson
(Dallas Mavericks) Daryl Morey
Daryl Morey
(Houston Rockets) Chris Wallace (Memphis Grizzlies) Dell Demps (New Orleans Pelicans) R. C. Buford (San Antonio Spurs)

Note: Those listed here either hold the title President of Basketball Operations or General

.