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He was among the first group of European basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late s and was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a humanitarian, Higher (Bang To The Beat) - Various - The Sound Of Club Kinetic - Vol 1 children in his native country of Serbia and in Africa.
Divac began playing basketball in his home town Prijepolje for the team KK Elan. He began his professional career in Yugoslavia playing for Sloga from Kraljevoand was immediately noted for scoring 27 points against Crvena zvezda.
In the summer ofDivac was the top star of the basketball transfer season, and he ended up signing with KK Partizan for DM 14, 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. In just four professional seasons in Europe, he became the most sought-after big man on the continent, after Arvydas Sabonis.
Under the mentorship of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnsonhe 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. Divac earned a reputation for floppingor deceiving the officials into calling a foul on the other team by purposely falling to the floor upon contact with an opposing player. Brown claimed that Divac might have been the best of all time at flopping. On July 1,Divac was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant and played two seasons there until signing with the Sacramento Kings in July 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 memorable upset win.
The issue of playing for the hated cross-town rival reignited several years later, when Divac returned to KK Partizan as club president. At the time, he stated his decision to play for Crvena zvezda was "a mistake". The Kings rose in the NBA ranks, becoming a perennial playoff contender and eventually a championship contender, leading the league in wins in — After the —04 NBA seasonDivac became a free agent.
He signed a deal to return Im Stich Gelassen - Hetzjagd - Revolution the Lakers, part of Mitch Kupchak 's plan to overhaul Laker basketball. 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.
On July 14,year-old Divac announced his retirement, ending his sixteen-year NBA and twenty-two-year professional basketball career. The Kings retired his No. 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 dribblethe 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.
The next year, Divac participated in the team that took the gold at the FIBA Junior World Championship which was later split into separate under and under events in BormioItaly.
One of them was holding a Croatian Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan , one End Is A New Start - Marsheaux - Inhale 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 and he would have taken away a Serbian flag if a Serb fan had done the same. The teams had not faced each other in the tournament.
Through the twilight of his playing career and afterwards, Divac focused on three fields: humanitarian work, sport management, and investment. Though the duo never stated so outright, their additional motivation in getting involved with KK Partizan again was perceived to be gaining Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan 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 wasn't and still isn't really clear, potential investors decided to Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan away, at least until the law appears. However, after a few years the duo ran out of patience and pulled out of the venture in late 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 continued to be involved with it in a lesser capacity for a few years afterwards. In Octoberright Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan ending his playing career with the Los Angeles LakersDivac got hired as the Lakers' European scout, reporting directly to the team's general manager Mitch Kupchak.
However, Divac's role in the club's day-to-day operations turned out to be largely symbolic, and he even admitted as much in a March interview for Croatian weekly Globus : "I literally do nothing and I only serve as part of the royal club' s image.
Divac was proposed in as Yugoslavia's candidate for the Sport Commission of the International Olympic Committee in spring Divac and the Serbian Olympic Committee have been criticised, chiefly by the Democratic Party of Serbiafor failing to take any Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan to prevent that. In early MarchDivac was hired by the Sacramento Kings as their vice president of basketball and franchise operations.
Working alongside the team's general manager Pete D'AlessandroDivac's initial duties with the Kings were reported to be advising the front office and coaches as well as assisting with branding and fan outreach.
Only days before the draft, animosity between head coach Karl and the team's star center DeMarcus Cousins reignited, as Karl reportedly lobbied Divac, as well as multiple players on the Kings' roster, in order to make the case to owner Ranadive that Cousins needs to be traded.
Less than a week following the draft, with the dissolution of the Karl—Cousins relationship on public display, the Kings' ultimately unsuccessful attempt at landing University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari to replace Karl got reported. With the free agent signings done, Divac turned his attention to attempting to mend the relations between the team's head coach Karl and its star center Cousins ahead of the season, admitting publicly on July 9, Ode To Missy Mxyzosptlk - Aorta - Aorta CBS Sports Radio 's The Jim Rome Show that the relationship between the two "isn't pretty right now".
Divac was promoted to the Kings' vice president of basketball operations and general manager on August 31, Amid a tense  and incident-filled  season that saw the team briefly reach the final playoff spot in the Western Conference before unravelling with extended losing streaks in late January and early Februarythe organization reportedly made a decision to fire their Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan coach George Karl during the upcoming All-Star breaka move pushed for by Divac.
Their final season in Sleep Train Arenathe team's home sinceit was also their first 30 plus win campaign after seven consecutive seasons of fewer than 30 wins. Early into the team's off-season, in mid Aprilthe Kings organization fired head coach George Karl, a decision made by Divac who had reportedly been pushing for it for months. Divac has been involved in many non-basketball endeavors while still actively playing in the NBAand more so after he retired.
He is an active restaurant investor in the Sacramento, California area. However, his attempts to make major investments in Serbia failed, for a variety Vlade Divac - DLM* - Prolećni Dan reasons.
The entire messy affair caused great friction within the Serbian governmentwide speculation about corruption, resignation of the Securities Commission chief, and even a police investigation. 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 occurred. The government ostensibly feared lack of control over the influential daily.
Even though the Supreme Court of Serbia eventually ruled in Divac's favor, he withdrew from the contest, citing "friendly advice" Hustler - Gutta Rick - On The Monitor Mixtape unnamed persons. 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". Divac is a humanitarian worker, focusing on aid to children worldwide and refugees in his home country.
Serbia has aroundrefugees from the s Yugoslav warsmaking it the country with the largest refugee problem in Europe. From September 21 to 23,Divac organized an official farewell from active basketball career in his hometown 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, people outside the National Assembly building. 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. Inhe was featured in a commercial with Laker teammates A.
Green and Mychal Thompson for the Schick brand razors company. Divac appeared as a special guest on Eurovision He threw a ball into the audience, which marked the beginning of televoting. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Serbian basketball player and executive.
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