Posts Tagged ‘Vlade Divac’

Flop or Not? with Vlade Divac

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — These days, flopping during an NBA game will get you a fine and a public rebuke from the NBA. But a few decades ago, it was a different world, when flopping wasn’t as reviled and was instead looked at more often with a wink and a smile. And there was nobody better at it then Sacramento center Vlade Divac. But now that Vlade is in the Kings front office, he’s pulling back the curtain and admitting which plays were flops and which plays were actual fouls. (Spoiler alert: They’re all flops.)

VIDEO: Vlade flops

Vlade Divac can be your GPS

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So, Waze is an app that crowd-sources traffic data, and helps drivers get to wherever it is they’re going as expediently as possible. I live in New York City and I do not own a car, so I’ve never used Waze, but apparently there’s some sort of voice-prompt feature you can turn on, so someone will talk you through how to navigate the roads.

So why not let that person be NBA legend (and new Kings “lead voice”) Vlade Divac talk you through traffic? According to Waze, today users can switch on Vlade’s voice to be their guide.

Here’s video of Vlade doing work…


You can’t leave Vlade Divac open from outside

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Los Angeles, while hosting the red-hot Golden State Warriors, the Lakers had one of those nights. Kobe Bryant may have missed the game to get some rest, but the rest of the Lakers didn’t miss a beat, shooting over 50-percent from the floor and beating the Warriors, 115-105.

But the most surprising moment of the night may have been when former Lakers center Vlade Divac took to the court to attempt a halfcourt shot for charity. And with the way things were going for the Lakers last night, of course Divac nailed it. The best part? The shot was worth $90,000, split between Divac’s and the Lakers’ charities…

VIDEO: Divac Halfcourt

Sacramento Kings on best April Fools Day pranks

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is April 1, which means today is April Fools Day, a day to pull pranks and practical jokes. Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins apparently had one in the works, although I’m proud to say we sniffed it out yesterday before we got fooled. But in this video from the Kings, DeMarcus and several other Kings talk about some of their favorite April Fool’s Day pranks. Love how Vlade Divac is nearly driven to tears recalling the time he terrified Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds

VIDEO: Kings on April Fool’s Day

Shaq’s best off-the-court moments

by Micah Hart

With Shaquille O’Neal retiring, we will certainly miss his on-court talents. He was truly one of the most dominant players in NBA history in his prime and still a potential difference-maker well into his twilight. And while his game will be missed, the good news is that Shaq was just as incredible off the court as he was on it, and I don’t imagine he’ll be retiring from the limelight any time soon.

As he embarks on whatever post-career plans he has (I am biased, of course, but I’m hopeful he’ll join the Inside the NBA family at TNT), let’s reflect on some of his greatest hits from over the years:

Shaq Dancing

Shaq was a big kid at heart, and to me one of his most lasting legacies was his ability to rope his fellow NBA players into participating in things that might make them look silly at first glance. His organizing of an impromtu pop-n-lock competition with LeBron James and Dwight Howard at the 2007 All-Star practice session illustrates that perfectly.

The Diesel may have been the largest person (in terms of height and weight) to ever play in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he was a plodder like many of his fellow behemoths. Shaq had some moves on the dance floor, and he was rarely shy about showing them off, like he does here in his memorable dance off with Justin Bieber.

And as mentioned yesterday, who will ever forget his intro at the 2009 All-Star game (which was ultimately Shaq’s last All-Star Game)?:

That wasn’t it though — Shaq was a man of many talents. Remember more of them after the jump.


Vlade Divac gets some closure

by Micah Hart

Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, from their time with the Yugoslavian National team

Excellent Hang Time Podcast this week, so good in fact that we split it up into two parts.

In the first episode, Bethlehem Shoals from Freedarko came on to talk NBA history in advance of the release of his crew’s new book “FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History” (available for pre-order now).

In the second part, we were able to track down Vlade Divac to talk about his riveting documentary “Once Brothers” (premiering tonight as part of ESPN’s 3- for 30 series), a look at the tragic civil war that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990’s, destroying Divac’s relationship with Croatian-born Drazen Petrovic in the process. Here’s a preview for the doc, produced by our own NBA Entertainment:

Definitely take a listen to this week’s shows if you have some time, and if you want to listen to other episodes,  you can always subscribe via iTunes.

Hang Time Podcast, Episode 27 part I
Hang Time Podcast, Episode 27 part II

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