Divac says he was talented, Shaq was strong, but Demarcus Cousins is both

divac-kings-conferenceFormer NBA center Vlade Divac is enjoying his new role with the Sacramento Kings as the team’s vice president of basketball and franchise operations.

Divac recently said he hopes to help the European scouting so Sacramento can find a new “Peja Stojakovic” and work with the big men, AP reported.

Observing the team’s play, Divac said there is enough offensive talent but the team needs to improve defensively.

Despite this, Divac believes Demarcus Cousins should become the team’s leader.

“I want to see him be a leader of this team, truly the leader and make everybody better,” Divac said. “He can do it with his passing, with the ability to score. He can do everything.”

Divac was one of the most popular Kings, leading the team to the playoffs six times in six seasons. He left the Kings after the 2003-04 season.

“My six best years of my career happened to be here with the excitement we had here,” he said. “I think these fans deserve that again.”

Further speaking of Collins, Divac said in his opinion, Cousins is the most talented big man he has ever seen. Yes, that also includes Shaquille O’Neal.

“I’ve been in basketball a long, long time and I have to say he’s the most talented big guy I have ever seen,” Divac said. “Shaq wasn’t talented, he was just strong. I was talented, but I wasn’t strong.”

Divac played 16 seasons in the NBA for LA Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, and Sacramento Kings. He averaged career high 16 ppg backed up by 10.4 rpg and 2.2 bpg for the Lakers during the 1994-95 season.

He has made a name for himself in the NBA as a sharpshooting center, both capable of blocking shots in the paint, and knocking down an outside jumper. Divac made it to the NBA All-Star team during the 2000-2001 NBA season. Divac appeared in total of 1134 NBA games (979 started), averaging 11.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 1.4 bpg.

Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a great humanitarian, helping children in his native country of Serbia, as well as in Africa. On October 16, 2008, Divac was appointed as a government adviser in Serbia for humanitarian issues. On February 24, 2009, he was elected as the President of the Serbian Olympic Committee for a 4-year term.


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