Vlade Divac is a Serbian former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Basketball League of Serbia. He also represented Serbia in international events including FIBA and Olympic events. He also served as the President of KK Partisan and the Serbian Olympic Committee.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Vlade Divac was born on February 3, 1968, in Prijepolje, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. He stands 216 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 118 kg. He is married to Snezana Divac and they have two sons and an adopted daughter. He is fluent in Serbo-Croatian, Russian, and English.

A song by the band Deca Loših Muzičara titled ‘Vlade Divac’ was dedicated to his move and talked about his move from Serbia to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. During this time in the NBA, he also appeared in a number of TV Shows.

Position Center
Height / weight 2.16 m / 118 kg
Born 3 Feb 1968
Nationality Slovenia Slovenia
Team History
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 2004 - 2005
Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 1999 - 2004
Crvena Zvezda 1999
Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 1996 - 1998
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 1989 - 1996
Partizan 1986 - 1989
Sloga 1983 - 1986

Professional Career

He started his professional career playing in the Basketball League of Serbia for KK Sloga from 1983 to 1986. Later, he played for KK Partizan. Divac moved to the United States in 1989 to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was chosen during the 1989 NBA Draft by the Lakers in the first round, chosen 26th overall. In his first year in the NBA, he was named to the 1990 NBA All-Rookie Team. He played with the Lakers through to 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he played for the Charlotte Hornets. During the NBA lockout, he played in Serbia for the KK Crvena Zvezda in the EuroLeague.

He returned to the NBA in 1999 and played for the Sacramento Kings. In 2001, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time. After the 2003-2004 season, he returned to playing for the Lakers. While playing professionally, he also represented his country in the Olympics, FIBA World Cup, and FIBA Eurobasket.

After playing professionally, he served as the president of his former club KK Partizan. He also got hired as an LA Lakers Scout in 2005. In 2006, he became part of the Real Madrid Baloncesto. In 2009, Divac became the president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia. In 2015, he was hired by the Sacramento Kings as their vice president of basketball and franchise operations and general manager.

Career Highlights

  • 2001 - NBA All-Star
  • 1990 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • No. 21 retired by Sacramento Kings
  • 1989 - FIBA Korać Cup champion
  • 1987 - Yugoslav League champion
  • 1989 - Yugoslav Cup winner
  • 1989 - Mister Europa Player of theYear
  • 1991 - FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players
  • 2008 - 50 Greatest EuroLeagueContributors
  • 2016 - Olympic Order

Medal Record

  • Silver - 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic
  • Gold - 1990 Argentina FIBA World Cup
  • Bronze - 1986 Spain FIBA World Cup
  • Gold - 1989 Yugoslavia FIBAEurobasket
  • Gold - 1991 Italy FIBA Eurobasket

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