Vlade Divac aims to become GM one day, says he spoke to Kings


vlade-divac-behindflagsUpon his return to the U.S., former NBA center Vlade Divac wants to get back into the NBA. Not as player of course, but as part of an organization within the NBA.

As he recently told the NBA, Divac already has some ideas about what he wants to do in the NBA.

“I would definitely find some involvement in the NBA with some team. Right after my retirement, I was doing some scouting for the Lakers. I tried to see how management works. I went to Real Madrid, worked for them for a year. That helped me to kind of develop some interest in management,” he said.

“So now my second term on the Olympic committee of Serbia — and I’m so proud of that, we did a great job — so something in management,” he said.

Divac went on to add that he already spoke to Sacramento Kings, the team where he played for six seasons.

“My ultimate goal is one day — it doesn’t have to be tomorrow or two days, three days — I want to be a GM. Go level by level,” he said.

When asked if he was already offered something by the Kings, Divac said: “No. We just talked. I told them my view about plans. We’ll see.”

Among other things, Divac admitted that he still watches NBA a lot, and San Antonio Spurs are his favorite to watch.

“I have a favorite team. I think the Spurs is a team that plays basketball the way it’s supposed to be. Sharing the ball. Greg (Popovich) is a great coach. He’s a Serbian. But I’m not saying that because of that. You know how many people I met in the NBA. Jerry West, Gregg Popovich — that’s my two favorite guys. Even though they are totally, completely different, I have a lot of respect for them,” he admitted.

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.

He 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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