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December 2, 1990
Vlade Divac ("A Sensation in Serbo-Croatian," Oct. 14) does have a song named after him, but Bob Baker is wrong in implying that Magic Johnson does not. A glance at the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Mother's Milk" album will reveal a song titled "Magic Johnson." TOM VASICH Newport Beach
January 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The walk to the team bus was short but still left eons for Steve Nash to ponder the imponderable. Will the Lakers miss the playoffs? "I think about it every day," he said in a quiet moment after their latest loss, Wednesday in San Antonio. "We've got to make some serious ground up here quickly. We're in deep, and we've got to find a way to scratch and claw and get to 48 wins. " He chose 48 because it was tossed his way by a reporter. It's the average number of victories claimed by the eighth and final team in the Western Conference playoffs the last five years.
July 2, 1989 | JAN HUBBARD, Newsday
Before the Seoul Summer Olympics last year, National Basketball Association scout Marty Blake suggested that one player worth watching was Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac. "Some people are saying," Blake said at the time, "that if the draft was held today, Divac would be selected ahead of Pervis Ellison." Blake was talking in pure basketball terms. He was talking about natural skills and potential. He failed to include cultural problems and language barriers.
July 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Once the finality settled in, the emotions overwhelmed Jerry West. He labored all season to determine whether he could clear enough cap space to acquire Shaquille O'Neal. Finally, that moment came. West compared the experience to the birth of his children. Securing O'Neal to a seven-year, $120-million deal tilted the NBA's balance in the Lakers' favor. West envisioned O'Neal bringing two things that the Lakers value -- a Hollywood personality and NBA championships. Yet West's perfectionist nature didn't allow him to fully enjoy the moment.
August 31, 1989 | From Associated Press
Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia's star center, has been granted a three-year deferment of his military service, allowing him to play for the Lakers, Yugoslav team sources said today. Divac, 21, who signed with the Lakers in August and has been working out with them, was later drafted by the Yugoslav army to start his compulsory military service Sept. 19.
The Chicago Bulls say they never know what Vlade Divac is going to do next. They shouldn't look to the Lakers for an answer. Neither do they. Is he going to be timid? Is he going to be aggressive? Is he going to be out of sight? Or is he going to be outasight ? In the Lakers' 104-96 overtime loss to the Bulls Friday night at the Forum in Game 3 of the NBA championship series, he was all of the above.
BRILLIANCE, AS IT OFTEN DOES, struck after midnight. This time it struck a guy named Dion, Neon Dion, the All-Night Delight, the 2 a.m.-to-6 a.m. deejay on KLSX, a Los Angeles oldies station. He was driving to work, listening to his own frequency, when a Beatles song came on. The chorus, nonsense syllables he'd heard a thousand times, went: Ob-la-DI, ob-la-DA . . . . But Dion is a man of imagination, and this time he did not hear those sounds.
January 22, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Lakers center Vlade Divac was quoted on Belgrade radio today as saying he will return to play with his former team in Yugoslavia next year. Divac, who has been with the Lakers the last two seasons, said on the radio that he will return to Partizan Belgrade next season. "I've fulfilled my dream and played in the National Basketball Assn.," Divac said. "Now I want to come back to Europe, first to my Partizan Belgrade team and than maybe to join some Italian or Spanish team."
Centers come, centers go. Vlade Divac left home a member of the purple and gold but returned in teal. While touring Europe with the Yugoslav Olympic team, his beloved Lakers traded him to Charlotte, wherever that was, for a high school kid so they could dump Divac's salary and go after Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq may love L.A., but so does Divac, who built a dream home in Pacific Palisades. His wife, Ana, has had bit parts in movies. Their oldest son, Luka, 6, doesn't want to leave his friends.
April 22, 2004
'One of the great actors in the NBA.' Doug Collins, TNT announcer, on Sacramento King center Vlade Divac during the Dallas-Sacramento game Tuesday night
October 12, 2010 | By John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times
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 | Broderick Turner
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 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
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 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
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 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
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 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
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.
December 10, 2003
"He's using so many of my moves that I'm going to have to start charging him." Vlade Divac, Sacramento King center, on new teammate Brad Miller learning some of his NBA tricks, including flopping.
January 6, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Vlade Divac will undergo surgery today to repair a herniated disk in his back, a process that will require about 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation before the Laker center can return, if he does at all this season. Divac received a second opinion Wednesday from New York specialist Andrew Feldman, who concurred that Divac's best option would be surgery. William Dillin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic will perform the operation. Divac's targeted return would be the first few days of April.
January 5, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
A back specialist has recommended surgery for Vlade Divac, which would cost the Laker center about 12 weeks if he decides to have it done. Divac, 36, will seek a second opinion today after a diagnostic exam revealed he had aggravated the same herniated disk that sidelined him for two months. If Divac opts for surgery, his targeted return would be the first week of April. The regular season ends April 20.
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