Skip to content

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

Aug 6, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2 Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Tuesday And-1 Links: Rudy Gay, Kings not really talking next contract right now

    Sep 30, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Pete D'Alessandro, Michael Malone Rudy Gay, Pete D'Alessandro, Michael Malone

    Ben McLemore knows how to photobomb. His coach isn’t sure he can do much else.

  2. John Calipari hired someone to send NBA advanced stats of Kentucky’s players

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    John Calipari John Calipari

    I don’t know whether this helps Kentucky’s players. It opens Calipari’s options, though.

  3. Former NBA player, current TNT analyst Kenny Smith gets reality show with family

    Sep 30, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

    Kenny Smith Getty Images

    Now we know what show promos TNT is going to beat us over the head with during the next playoffs.

  4. ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: Miami Heat

    Sep 30, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh Chris Bosh

    Expectations are reduced, but Miami still has the chance to be pretty a pretty good team — even without LeBron James.

  5. Dion Waiters on claim Wizards have NBA’s best backcourt: ‘That’s nonsense’

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images

    John Wall fires back: ‘They haven’t seen a playoff game yet. When they make one they can start talking.’

  6. Mike Miller points to him being amnestied as start of LeBron James leaving Miami

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7 Getty Images

    Mike Miller being amnestied may have been the first domino to fall in LeBron bolting.

  7. LeBron James dealing with back pain

    Sep 30, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day Getty Images

    LeBron could miss Cavaliers’ practice tonight

  8. Brian Shaw wants Ty Lawson to watch Peyton Manning practice, lead team

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Denver Nuggets Getty Images

    Manning leads by detailed preparation and then an ability to read a defense, a good example for any point guard.

  9. Ricky Rubio with half-court alley-oop to Andrew Wiggins (VIDEO)

    Sep 30, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Timberwolves New Players Getty Images

    We could see a lot more of this during the season.

Featured video

What players stood out at World Cup?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. L. James (3950)
  2. R. Rondo (3866)
  3. K. Bryant (3515)
  4. E. Bledsoe (2650)
  5. R. Allen (2587)
  1. D. Wade (2479)
  2. D. Williams (2328)
  3. D. Rose (2131)
  4. K. Leonard (2107)
  5. P. George (1936)