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Petrovic and Divac Would Prefer to Sit Out World Championships

June 09, 1990|SAM McMANIS

Drazen Petrovic, a reserve guard for the Portland Trail Blazers and a former member of the Yugoslav national team, said his country's basketball federation wants him and Laker center Vlade Divac, another Yugoslav, to play in the World Championships in Argentina in August.

"They want me to play in the Goodwill (Games, in July) and the championships," Petrovic said. "They want Divac to play, too. But we play double the number of games here, and I need a rest. I get a little tired. I'd like to stay (in Portland) because I want to play in rookie camp in July."

After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, Divac said he did not want to play for the Yugoslav national team this summer because he was tired. Petrovic said he hasn't spoken to Divac since the playoffs began, but the Trail Blazer guard said Yugoslav officials may hold up Divac's military deferment should he balk at playing in the World Championships.

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