Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 3, 1968
SpouseAnna Divac
Fact"The Sex Strike," a play written by his wife, was staged at the Stages Theater Center in Los Angeles (October 2002)


Vlade Divac is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former player who was most recently the vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings. He was also a member of the Serbian national team. Divac spent most of his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was known for his passing, rebounding, and shot-blocking abilities. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Early Life

Divac was born on February 3, 1968, in Prijepolje, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). His parents were Bosiljka (née Jovanović) and Vladan Divac. He has two older brothers, Igor and Predrag, and a younger sister, Jelena. His father was a coach and his mother was a schoolteacher. Divac began playing basketball at age seven. He grew up idolizing Yugoslavian star Dražen Petrović.

Divac was 16 when he began playing professionally for KK Partizan of the Yugoslav First Federal League, the top-tier level of competition in Yugoslavia. He played for Partizan for four seasons, winning the Yugoslavian national championship in 1986 and 1987. In 1988, Divac was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA draft with the 26th overall pick, becoming the first Yugoslav to be drafted into the NBA.

Career

Divac spent eight seasons with the Lakers, helping them to the NBA Finals in 1991 and 2000. He averaged 11.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game during his time with the Lakers. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He signed with the Charlotte Hornets as a free agent in 1996 and spent four seasons with the team. In 2000, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings. He played for the Kings for seven seasons, retiring in 2005.

In 2010, Divac returned to the NBA as a special advisor to then-Kings general manager Geoff Petrie. In 2015, he became the vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Kings. He held that position until 2020, when he stepped down to become a special advisor to Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé.

Divac has also been active with FIBA, serving as the president of Serbia’s Olympic Committee from 2009 to 2013 and as a member of FIBA’s Central Board from 2010 to 2014. He was also a member of Serbia’s national team, winning a silver medal at the 1990 FIBA World Championship and a bronze medal at the 1998 FIBA World Championship.

Personal Life

Divac married Ana in 2005. They have three children: sons Luka and Mateo, and daughter Natalija.

In October 2019, it was announced that Divac would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was officially inducted in September 2020.

General Info

Full NameVlade Divac
Date Of BirthFebruary 3, 1968
Height2.16 m
Weight110 kg
ProfessionBasketball player, Actor

Family

SpouseAnna Divac
ChildrenPetra Divac, Matija Alexander Divac, Luka Andrej Divac
ParentsRadmila Divac, Milenko Divac
SiblingsIvica Divac, Boris Divac

Accomplishments

AwardsNBA All-Rookie Team, National Basketball Association Awards - J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, Award of Olympic Committee of Serbia - IOC Trophy
MoviesWe Are Not Angels 3: Rock & Roll Strike Back, Juwanna Mann, Trabbi Goes to Hollywood, Driving Me Crazy

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1(July 20) Agreed to a 2-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. [2004]
2(September 15) Told the Serbian newspaper Blic Daily that he was retiring. Divac averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 15 NBA seasons. [2005]
3Center for the Sacramento Kings [October 2000]
4Center for the Sacramento Kings [2001]
5His wedding was attended by over 1000 people and broadcast live throughout Yugoslavia.
6"The Sex Strike," a play written by his wife, was staged at the Stages Theater Center in Los Angeles (October 2002)
7Children: sons Luka Andrej and Matija Alexander; daughter Petra (adopted).
8Traded by Los Angeles to Charlotte for draft rights to Kobe Bryant.
9Was the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round draft pick in 1989.

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A3 - Rock'n'Roll uzvraca udarac2006Pretpostavljeni
Crni Gruja2003TV SeriesVampir Toza
Juwanna Mann2002Beat Player Morse
Driving Me Crazy2000TV MovieViglione, Gene
Space Jam1996Vlade Divac
Eddie1996Los Angeles Lakers
Coach1992TV SeriesDelivery Man
Rachel Gunn, R.N.1992TV Series
Driving Me Crazy1991Yugo Boss

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One in a Billion2016DocumentaryHimself
Tapavica2016Documentary shortHimself
Svetislav Pesic, More Than a Coach2015DocumentaryPlayer
Ostvari svoj san2013Documentary shortHimself
Santo, Sam and Ed's Sports Fever!2012TV SeriesHimself
The Weight of Chains2010DocumentaryHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
Crossover2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002TV SeriesHimself
2001 NBA All-Star Game2001TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-1999TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live1999TV SeriesHimself
The Sport Jerks1998TV SeriesHimself
The Stephanie Miller Show1995TV SeriesHimself
In Living Color1994TV SeriesHimself
Married with Children1993TV SeriesHimself
Good Sports1991TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike & Mike2016TV SeriesHimself - Sacramento Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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