October 12, 2010 |
Basketball, camaraderie, war and loss are intertwined in the hauntingly sad yet worthwhile documentary "Once Brothers," which premieres Tuesday on ESPN. The 90-minute film, written and directed by Michael Tolajian and produced by NBA Entertainment, is part of ESPN's "30 for 30" film series. It tells the story of the Yugoslavian basketball team when it was an international powerhouse in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and how the civil war in Yugoslavia undermined its efforts on the court and drove a wedge between its players from Serbia and Croatia.
July 9, 2010 |
Stop flopping, Shaquille O'Neal used to yell while he stood over a prone Vlade Divac. You're a flopper, O'Neal would scream after another of his massive elbows to Divac's face had the former Sacramento Kings center sprawling on the floor. Over a 16-year NBA career that spanned time with the Lakers (twice), Kings and Charlotte Hornets, Divac earned a reputation for flopping. So, was Divac a flopper like O'Neal maintained or did he play good defense? "Well, I tried to play defense," Divac said.
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.
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.
April 11, 2005 |
As the Laker off-season draws nearer with each loss, decision-making time moves closer to reality. Among other issues, the Lakers must figure out whether they want to re-sign forward Luke Walton, 25, a restricted free agent who is making $620,000 this season, and whether they want to pay Vlade Divac $5.4 million next season or buy out the final year of his contract for $2 million.