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Former NBA star, global hoops ambassador Vlade Divac has emergency surgery

Aug 6, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

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This one is not a flop.

Vlade Divac, the former NBA All-Star (2001) who was part of some very good Lakers and Kings teams in his 16-year NBA career, and has since gone on to be a global ambassador of the NBA, had to have emergency spleen surgery in his native Serbia, according to reports.

There was this from the Sports Xchange via the Chicago Tribune.

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.

Then there was this from Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

Divac is the current head of the Serbian Olympic Committee. He also still works with NBA events in Europe, such as EuroCamp, promoting the league and the game.

Divac averaged 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game in his NBA career, although he is often best remembered as the answer to the trivia question “Who did the Lakers trade to the Hornets for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant?”

We wish him a speedy recovery.

  1. FeedtheOldtotheYoung - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    The spleen itself was probably flopping/faking it.

  2. bigtganks - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I still think the Once Brothers 30 for 30 is the best most moving one in that series with Vlade. I really learned to appreciate what a genuine kind and great person he is.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Anyone with an accent like that can’t be all bad.

  4. elcaminobilly - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Always been a fan. Get well soon!

  5. dexterismyhero - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    loved the old video of him smoking a cigarette in the locker room after a game.


  6. zacksdad - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Good luck Vlade…

    So sad Vlade, the creator of the flop. So I guess we can put the roots of this to the Lakers.

    But also thank you for being in the trade that brought Kobe.

  7. asimonetti88 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    I was never sure how to feel about Vlade during his playing days. He was a very good player for the Lakers, and helped the Lakers land Kobe, but he was so annoying on the Kings! At least he ended his career in LA, and he’s done a great job adding a humanitarian element to the globalization of basketball. I hope he gets better soon so that he can continue serving as a coach and mentor in his home country!

  8. mackcarrington - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Report: Vlade Divac had 5 ounces of tobacco removed from his stomach.

  9. campcouch - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Vlade had one remarkable career considering who he played with, who he got traded for and his influence on European players and Americans alike. Get well Vlade.

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