Vlade Divac underwent emergency stomach surgery in Serbia


vlade-divac-speaksFormer NBA center Vlade Divac underwent emergency stomach surgery in his native Serbia on Saturday, AP reported.

Doctors said in a statement that Divac was admitted to a Belgrade hospital after feeling “strong pains in his stomach.” However, his life was not threatened. His health problem was not specified.

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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