October 22, 2005
So Vlade Divac retired. Hey, didn't he retire two years ago? Wasn't it a telling sign in the playoffs in 2004 that Sacramento benched him against Minnesota? Somehow that didn't stop Mitch Kupchak from signing him to a $5.5-million contract. But how about those 15 games he played last year? Remember the time he bearhugged Devean George on the bench, or the time he lit a cigarette in the locker room, or the time he sat on the bench in a suit. I have it all on my Vlade Divac 2004-05 highlight DVD that came with a carton of Marlboro Reds.
October 19, 2005 |
Vlade Divac, who rose to fame by high-fiving Jack Nicholson, then, later, irritating Laker fans with his flopping antics, officially announced his retirement Tuesday. Considered one of the top passing centers of all time, the flamboyant Divac will remain with the Lakers in a to-be-defined position that will primarily involve scouting. "I never thought this day was going to come," Divac, 37, said at a news conference at the team's El Segundo training facility.
October 7, 2005 |
Vlade Divac has blown his last kiss to Laker crowds. The gregarious but injured center was waived Thursday, ending a reunion that didn't fare so well the second time around. Divac played only 15 games last season because of back problems. The Lakers had the option of paying Divac $5.4 million for one more season but instead bought him out for $2 million and waived him, leading to his likely retirement. "It's all my about my health," said Divac, 37.
September 29, 2005 |
Center Vlade Divac remains an unknown in Laker plans, although a decision on his status could be extended beyond a Friday deadline, Divac's agent said Wednesday. Divac, 37, was recently quoted by a Serbian newspaper as saying he would retire, but agent Marc Fleisher said Divac had been fluctuating on the topic almost daily. The Lakers have until Friday to exercise a one-year, $5.
July 16, 2005 |
The Lakers have added youth and size over the last three weeks, but aging center Vlade Divac said he is not yet ready to be nudged out of the low-post picture. Divac, who played only 15 games last season because of back problems, contested a report from a Belgrade news agency that said he had decided to retire. "Sept. 30, that's when I'm going to decide what I'm going to do," Divac said Friday.
July 1, 2005 |
The Lakers and Vlade Divac agreed to postpone a decision on the aging center's contract status until Sept. 30, giving the team an additional three months to decide whether to bring him back. The Lakers can pick up a one-year, $5.4-million option or buy him out for $2 million, a decision originally due today. With the revised deadline, the Lakers can better judge the condition of Divac's back a few days before training camp begins in early October.