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'Once Brothers' '30 for 30' documentary focuses on Vlade Divac's relationship with Drazen Petrovic

29241600In the opening scene of "Once Brothers," former Lakers center Vlade Divac summed up how his strong friendship Drazen Petrovic suddenly became no more: "To build a friendship takes years. But to destroy it, it takes one second."

The two played together on the Yugoslovian national team that won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics, paved the way for European representation in the NBA and supported each other during the early part of their professional careers. "We were brothers to each other," Divac said in the "30 for 30" documentary airing on ESPN on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

But everything fell apart. After the Yugoslovian national team won gold in the 1990 FIBA World Championships, a fan with a Croatian flag entered the court and Divac pushed him away. The backdrop of all this: Civil war had broken out in Yugoslovia, splitting the nation into several smaller countries. Even though Divac recalled in the film that he felt compelled to shoo the fan away because the national team represented the entire nation, the episode escalated into a fractured relationship between Divac (Serbian) and Petrovic (Croat). The two never make amends, and Petrovic's untimely death as the result of a car accident in 1993 only increased Divac's anxieties.

"In my mind, I always thought the war one day would end and Drazen and I would talk," Divac said in the film. "But that day never came."

In the "30 for 30" documentary, Divac seeks closure by telling the story in a first-person account and with visits his and Petrovic's family. The film also features plenty of interviews that help tell the story. Yugoslovian teammates Toni Kukoc and Dino Radja explain their decision to ignore Divac during his fallout with Petrovic. And various NBA stars appear in the film to help bring context to both Divac's and Petrovic's NBA careers. Magic Johnson (Divac's teammate with the Lakers), Larry Bird (who played the Yugoslovian national team in an exhibition game) and Danny Ainge (Petrovic's teammate in Portland) appear.

I received an advance copy of the film and was impressed with how the storytelling provided vivid details. I also spoke with Dion Cocoros, the vice president of original production for NBA Entertainment and an executive producer on "Once Brothers."

On how the idea for this documentary came to fruition

"We've had a great archive of footage here at NBA Entertainment of both Vlade and Drazen. I've known Vlade for years doing features in the NBA on him and followed a lot of his career as a producer here. I always knew in the back of my mind that we were sitting on a great story in our library. Basically, I asked him when the "30 for 30" opportunity came up and ESPN approached us about any good stories that we thought would fit the mold. We thought of this one. We asked Vlade and we thought it was finally time to tell his story. It was a story that really he had been sitting on for a long time. I just knew we had the elements in our library to really support this story. Once he got involved it got to another level.

On his approach to the documentary

It's definitely kind of a film where the basketball historians will remember pieces of it. They say, 'I kind of remember that' or 'I'm familiar of the fact that they had a falling out.' But the context that it provides really brings that story to life. It's been so many years -- almost 20 years -- that people need to be reminded of what happened and provide a little more depth to the story. For the younger generation, it's a chance to look back in homage at two true pioneers who made an impact and opened the door for a lot of players.

On how this story distinguishes itself from other documentaries

It ends up not being a sport story. It appeals to a broad audience. It's a story about two sportsmen, but their story is one of personal friendship and war and politics and a lot of things that might not be in your typical sports story. It has a broader appeal to a wider audience because it's not just about the games and it's not just about sports. You could almost replace them with any two friends and imagine what it must be like to have to have to go through a time where you're not speaking with one of your best friends. Then all of a sudden, he's not there anymore for you to patch things up.

On how much of an effort was there for Divac to feel comfortable telling his story

We got a good working relationship with Vlade. He was a player who grew up with NBA Entertainment as far as our following his game and career. He's very familiar with us as producers and as storytellers. I think there was enough time detached from those years and all that went down with the war. It was really good timing that's he retired now, kind of settled and he was willing to tell the story. It really wasn't much of a selling process as much as it was it time to tell the story.

On what revisiting the story did for Divac

It was definitely a healing process. He says in the film it was a burden he was carrying for all these years. I think by the film happening, it allowed him to do something he always wanted to do. He went out and talked to the people he hadn't talked to in a lot of years and visit a lot of the places he hadn't in years. It became a healing process for him. By reconnecting with Croatian people and Drazen's family, he would say it was a chance for him to move on and really take a look at what went on in those years. I think he probably would say he's proud of the fact that his story is there for a lesson and a chance for people to see it come to life.They really weren't speaking at the time before Drazen's death. I think everybody knows there was a falling-out and a lot of people just chalked it up to Serbs versus Croatians. The fact that they were such good friends when they were on the national team together and how they came to the NBA as pioneers and leaning on each other in those early years, to go from that and then not speaking, I don't think anybody really knew how much that relationship had deteriorated and how sad it was.

On Vlade's relationship with the rest of the Croatian team

It's fine. He and Dino and Toni talk. They've moved on and I don't think there is any more ill will or any more of a silent treatment going on. Even Toni and Dino were very willing and happy to talk about this. I think they too felt like the story needed to be told.

On what Vlade and Drazen's arrival in the NBA did to open doors for more Europeans to join the NBA

As Vlade said, in the time they came to the league in the late '80's and early '90's, there wasn't much confidence in the European players. People thought they couldn't stand up to the rigors of the NBA game. I think they were two of the first European players to make an impact on their teams and prove that Europeans could play in the league. They definitely opened the door for all the European players that play in our league today.

On Divac's experience with the Lakers

He says in the film that it's a fairy tale, coming from that little town in Prijepolje and not just going to the NBA but ending up with playing with Magic Johnson, James Worthy and the L.A. Lakers right at the end of their championship run. They were still a formidable team. It was an amazing dream for him to go from Yugoslovia to the marquee team in the NBA team at the time was a dream for him. He made an instant impression. He came in and all of a sudden adapted really well to the American culture and L.A. culture.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Former Lakers center Vlade Divac is the subject of an upcoming ESPN "30 for 30" documentary. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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@ LakerTom - I hope it's motivational, but the timing feels all wrong since Phil is already on the record as being fine with Bynum's decision to do the surgery later rather than right away. It truly feels, to me at least, that Phil is raising a delicate issue in his typical blunt fashion.


If Bynum doesn't fully recover from these multiple injuries, this puts a serious dent in our teams future. The now will be OK, as I mentioned I feel we're deep enough to challenege any team out there...this season. But age will eventually catch up to Kobe, Lamar, Ron Ron, Fish and Pau. Sooner than later (although Pau is so finesse I think he'll always be able to score, it's his D and rebounding that will decline more as he ages). When it does, it's to Andrew Bynum we will turn.


If we take it easy on Bynum now, allow him to truly strengthen the knee and the muscles around it, get his core and his base on the same page, and mentally clear himslef to go all out, it will only make the team better a year or two from now. Rush him back, over-exert him or some other similar scenario and we're looking at somebody who could become chronically hurt. Not what the team or the fans want to see.


I don't know, I often think 'what if' in terms of Bynum and his injuries. His talent is obviously for real, he displayed grit in the playoffs last year, and he impacts the opposing team in so many different ways. His injuries were not self induced but inflicted by team mates. However, we most likely would not have gotten Gasol if he hadn't been hurt the first time. We'll never know.


I hope Ebanks has time to work on his game after all his tweets. Man, addiction spelled t-w-i-t-t-e-r. He should have played Germany against Bynum in FIFA '11. I wonder if Kobe plays video games...naw!

@MM - I got this one on my radar, I saw a commercial for it during yesterday's pre-season game. Vlade has always been one of the more interesting NBA icons.

Vlade was also the only player who could show up for the game without a beard, but have one fully grown by the second half.

Vlade was also Paul Bunyan's long lots cousin, only his Ox was normal sized and periwinkle.

Vlade also helped discover the Big Bang theory by donating parts of his beard to science. Currently small fragments of Vlade's beard reside in the giant particle collider buried under France. Scientists say that if they were to smash two molecules of Vlade's beard together that a black hole could form AND men and women could both grow beards. Equality between the sexes at last!

There is a great pice on Vlade and his influence on other players from that part of the world in Alexander Wolff's book Small Game Big World (or Big Game Small World, or Small James Big Game or something like that).


Anyway, after I read it I thought of Vlade totally differently. It's a great piece.

Jamie Sweet - Wow sounds like you have a lot of Vlade memories

MM

By the way, if you checked the old Forum floor for DNA I imagine you would learn that Vlade's zadnjica had been on every inch of it.

You could probably build a Vlade from the DNA he left flopping on that floor.

Jerry West was the very first GM who drafted the European player (i.e.Divac) in the NBA. It was also him who traded Divac for Kobe..What a visionary he was!

@LAKERPEACE... “LakerTom, Do you think the Lakers need another "serviceable" 7' center as an insurance at this point? Do you think Ratliff and Caracter will be enough? No one knows if Bynum can go through the whole season without another injury.”
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LOL. If I knew the answer to whether or not Drew would make it through the season without another injury, I would be out buying lottery tickets right now. The one thing I am sure of is that there is NOT another center out there who would be a better backup center right now than Pau Gasol. I think the signing of Ratliff and the drafting of Caracter were the only realistic moves that the Lakers could make to back up Drew. I do, however, think the odds of his suffering another freak season-ending injury are in the Lakers favor. The last three years, Drew has been able to increase his games played from 35 to 50 to 65, the same number of games Pau played. I also think he is reaching the point where he is catching up with his body and will not be prone to suffer some of the injuries. The dislocation of his knee, for example, usually happens more frequently with teenagers and young players still growing. Drew still reminds me in some ways of gangly colt still learning how to run.
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@JAMIE... I still believe that Phil was “tweaking” Drew because he wants him to get back as soon as possible. Nevertheless, I think to a man the Lakers front office believes that Drew will become the next great Lakers center and our next franchise player who will anchor the team once Kobe retires. For that reason, they will make sure that Drew is completely healed and that there is no further risk of injury, especially after it appears that he DID injure his meniscus further by playing in the playoffs. To me, that is the only REAL controversy surrounding Drew’s injury. What’s up with the doctors telling him he could not injure it further by playing? What if he had suffered even more damage? That is the issue nobody has said a single word about. It may also be another reason the Lakers will be even more careful about allowing Drew to return too soon. JMNSHO.
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TOM

@MM - Well... maybe not memories, more like revisionist history. But truly, Vlade's beard should have had an All Star catagory, or All NBA catagory...like All NBA Beard. that beard is the stuff of legends. Sorry for bogarting the blog, I was on a roll, baby!


@LakerTom - I truly hope it's a tweaking and we are in total agreement in regards to Bynum being groomed to be the face of the franchise when Kobe starts to slow down (probably around 55). I didn't know that playing on the knee more was responsible for the greater damage.

LakerTom,
That was exactly my point..No one knows what will happen to Bynume. That's why I asked you if you "think" the Lakers need any "serveiceable" center as an "INSURANCE." I just don't want too much playing time on Gasol. The Lakers (especially starters) played about 4 seasons' worth games in last 3 yrs. Well, I feel better after your Bynum's injury prediction(?)

Sorry I'm late...


Let Us Pray...


Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of Mrs. Jolly Rancher. Touch as only You can touch. Heal as only You can heal. Deliver her from pneumonia. Restore her lungs to proper functionality. Remove every blockage. Restore her ability to breath as she should. Clear out every blocked passageway.


You are a Healer...and we thank You for being a healer on her behalf. Ditto for Mrs. Laker Tom & her knee.


AMEN

who's taking the shot that tony smith, m thompson,vlade and ac green are watching? gotta be magic...no?

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LAKER NATION SENDS PRAYERS & GET WELL WISHES TO MRS. JOLLY RANGER - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Let Us Pray...Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of Mrs. Jolly Rancher. Touch as only You can touch. Heal as only You can heal. Deliver her from pneumonia. Restore her lungs to proper functionality. Remove every blockage. Restore her ability to breath as she should. Clear out every blocked passageway. You are a Healer...and we thank You for being a healer on her behalf. Ditto for Mrs. Laker Tom & her knee. AMEN
(02) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better
really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most
certainly help! My best wishes to you both.can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - For Mrs. Jolly Rancher? Yes we can! Jolly The Lakers Nation
hopes and prayers go out to your wife for a speedy recovery
(04) phred - RIDING SHOTGUN - Get well soon Mrs. Jolly Rancher.
(05) # 4
(06) RICK FRIEDMAN –
(07) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(08) LROB - @JR - hope your wife feels better.
(09) JEFE101 - This goes out to the Lakers and Mrs. Jolly Rancher - get well!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hZyzst6i0&feature=related
(10) CYBERCOSMIX - Please add me to the Get Well Mrs. Jolly Rancher Soon Bandwagon. I
think that if all us Laker Nation banded together and said a prayer, it would do nothing but
help speed recovery. Just look at what we've done with the game-day prayers utzworld
writes - we've won 2 titles! Get well soon
(11) EDWIN GUECO – Jolly Rancher, stay away from the blog and take care of Mrs. Rancher
TLC. On the other hand, if you stayed away, how'd you read what i just posted?
(12) CHRISTINA H. Our Prayers go out to you and your wife Mr. Jolly Ranger.
(13) JAMIE SWEET– Get well Mrs. Jolly Rancher
(14) MAGIC PHIL - I'm jumping on the Get Well Mrs Jolly Rancher!


Amen.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

@MAMBA... Please add me to Mrs. Jolly Rogers get well bandwagon.
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@JAMF.... Hope your migraine is better. And send off your profile. We are all waiting with bated breath. LOL. I typed “baited breath” and then wondered what the hell that meant. Bated means “to lessen the force of” and is related to the word “abate.” Sure hope they come up with the long awaited Google implant. LOL.
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TOM

@Jamie Sweet --I agree, “Vlade has always been one of the more interesting NBA icons”.

I can’t wait to see this documentary about Vlade. He should be a first ballot HOF without a doubt; the Naismith HOF is different than others because it is based on the totality of a person’s career and impact as a whole for the game of basketball. The impact that Vlade had on the NBA is instrumental being the first European player to make an impact immediately with longevity in the NBA. He paved the way for Pau, Dirk, and Tony that add so much to the NBA landscape.

Before Vlade even came to the NBA he was an icon in Europe that catapulted the interest and level of play throughout the continent. Vlade was a legend admired throughout Europe before he was even 20 years old. In the NBA he changed the way the center position was played as one of the only ever point-centers running the Kings offense for long stretches of the game. The other contribution he brought from soccer crazy Europe is that he is the master of flopping, one contribution I could do without. And last but not least he is a humanitarian and statesmen respected throughout the world.


@LakerPeace --
Who points out it also speaks volume of Jerry West and the Laker organization to take a chance with a first round pick on a foreign player. It was somewhat criticized at the time which was proven otherwise. Ironically when they traded Vlade for Kobe that too was criticized as a foolish move. You don’t trade an established center for a high school kid. Which we know now also opened up cap space to sign Shaq and Kobe is on the road to becoming the GOAT!

*________________________________________________________________________*
LAKER NATION SENDS PRAYERS & GET WELL WISHES TO MRS. JOLLY RANGER - BANDWAGON
*________________________________________________________________________*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Let Us Pray...Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of Mrs. Jolly Rancher. Touch as only You can touch. Heal as only You can heal. Deliver her from pneumonia. Restore her lungs to proper functionality. Remove every blockage. Restore her ability to breath as she should. Clear out every blocked passageway. You are a Healer...and we thank You for being a healer on her behalf. Ditto for Mrs. Laker Tom & her knee. AMEN
(02) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better
really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most
certainly help! My best wishes to you both.can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - For Mrs. Jolly Rancher? Yes we can! Jolly The Lakers Nation
hopes and prayers go out to your wife for a speedy recovery
(04) phred - RIDING SHOTGUN - Get well soon Mrs. Jolly Rancher.
(05) # 4
(06) RICK FRIEDMAN –
(07) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(08) LROB - @JR - hope your wife feels better.
(09) JEFE101 - This goes out to the Lakers and Mrs. Jolly Rancher - get well!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_hZyzst6i0&feature=related
(10) CYBERCOSMIX - Please add me to the Get Well Mrs. Jolly Rancher Soon Bandwagon. I
think that if all us Laker Nation banded together and said a prayer, it would do nothing but
help speed recovery. Just look at what we've done with the game-day prayers utzworld
writes - we've won 2 titles! Get well soon
(11) EDWIN GUECO – Jolly Rancher, stay away from the blog and take care of Mrs. Rancher
TLC. On the other hand, if you stayed away, how'd you read what i just posted?
(12) CHRISTINA H. Our Prayers go out to you and your wife Mr. Jolly Ranger.
(13) JAMIE SWEET– Get well Mrs. Jolly Rancher
(14) MAGIC PHIL - I'm jumping on the Get Well Mrs Jolly Rancher!
(15) LAKER TOM - Please add me to Mrs. Jolly Rogers get well bandwagon.
(16) JON K. - AMEN

@Jolly Rancher - I hope your wife gets well soon...

Was Divac ever selected as an All Star? Speaking of All Star, I think it will be a shame if Gasol is not voted as a starter at PF in this season's All-Star game (especially for Lakers fans since it will be held in LA.) Gasol is arguably the best PF in the NBA, but fans may vote for Tim Duncan out of a habit. But, clearly Gasol is now a better player than he. I hope all NBA fans acknowledge that. Could we also add one-on-one game as one of the All Star activities? Kobe vs Mickeal (did you hear about his trash-talk towards Kobe?) or Sasha vs Dragic?

Wonder where LTLF is with his Jordan Farmar praise...looks like Jordan didn't "make all of his threes" this time.

Don't think he was ever selected as an All Star, but heres a stat for him:

Divac is one of six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Thunder v. Meat tonight. I guess I'm pulling for KD. At least he's respect-worthy unlike those three douchebags.

Would it be bad of me to wish just some minor blood and bruises on both squads? Maybe a pulled hammy here or there?

Where's Justa's profile?


NO JUSTICE FOR JUSTA...NO PEACE!

LakerTom - thanks a lot. The stupid thing just doesn't want to go away, but the week-end's coming and I'm gonna get my sofa on, and not much more. BTW - my profile will come... patience.... Completing a masterpiece takes time.... I'm gonna wait until there's a full on frenzy - or complete and utter disinterest - before I let MM post it. Whichever comes first. LOL!

*________________________________________________________________________*
LAKER NATION SENDS PRAYERS & GET WELL WISHES TO MRS. JOLLY RANGER - BANDWAGON
*________________________________________________________________________*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Let Us Pray...Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of Mrs. Jolly Rancher. Touch as only You can touch. Heal as only You can heal. Deliver her from pneumonia. Restore her lungs to proper functionality. Remove every blockage. Restore her ability to breath as she should. Clear out every blocked passageway. You are a Healer...and we thank You for being a healer on her behalf. Ditto for Mrs. Laker Tom & her knee. AMEN
(02) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER - I hope Mrs. Rancher gets to feeling better
really soon. Pneumonia is a heck of a thing, but lots of TLC now that she's home will most
certainly help! My best wishes to you both.can we start a "Get Well Mrs. Rancher" bandwagon?

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13) JAMIE SWEET– Get well Mrs. Jolly Rancher
(14) MAGIC PHIL - I'm jumping on the Get Well Mrs Jolly Rancher!
(15) LAKER TOM - Please add me to Mrs. Jolly Rogers get well bandwagon.
(16) JON K. - AMEN
(17) LEWSTRS - Jolly Rancher - I hope your wife gets well soon...

I think Divac would have been a perfect fit for triangle. I believe he signed with the Lakers for one or two years right before he retired. I am not sure if Phil Jackson was the coach at that time. Who'd be better fit for the current Lakers center? Divac or Bynum? lol

htj - no that's not bad. I'm personally hoping for a lot worse...

utz - stop it right now.


:)

@LAKERPEACE... “LakerTom, Do you think the Lakers need another "serviceable" 7' center as an insurance at this point? Do you think Ratliff and Caracter will be enough? No one knows if Bynum can go through the whole season without another injury.”


I was watching the Cetics last night. Granting Bynum and Perkins are not healthy, their bench if is made up of..
Shaquille Oneal/Pau Gasol as starting Center.
Kevin Garnett/Lamar Odom as starting PF.


Look what happens after that:


Jermaine Oneal
Big Baby
Erden
Harangody


"Shaq Daddy" and "KG" Davis will demolish our frontline. Heck, without Bynum, Shaq can go at Pau anytime. KG ia a all-time ALL-STAR, a future hall of famer, Odom never an all-star will be out match at this position both in offense and defense.


Ceetics practice reports KG of old is back from his old form and KG of last two seasos is gone, healthy after 16 months removed from surgery from last two seasons ago.


I do not like Shaq at all. But hey.


Watching him play last night, dominating Brook Lopez and Derrick Favors down low. You start thinking this old man is 37 years old, but he runs the floor still with a coordinated body for a big dude unlike, Oden, Bynum and others.


We all say he never stays in shape, but heck he is unjury free going into the season. He never had any major knee surgeries like Bynum and Oden, no broken foot like Yao Ming, no shoulders hurting like Odom and Dwight Howard, no back pains like McGrady, no ankle or hamstring discomfort.


Lets get real folks, without BYNUM. Lakers have no other options to go up against CELTICS BIGS, not in the current Lakers roster we have.


SHAQ, KG (Gasol,Odom will have problems for sure)
Jermaine Oneal, Big Baby (what do the Lakers have, nothing?)
Erden, Harangody (Ratliff,Caracter) match.


The sky is not falling, but sure is not blue sky.


Lakers strentgh in the paint without Bynum is now Lakers weakness AGAINST the Celtics, like it's 2008 Finals all over again.


Justa - The NBA commissioners office just reached me today and were reviewing my credential requests for the ASG. They said they needed some type of profile of you so they knew who they were. I asked if a Laker blog profile would do and they said that would work but that they need it asap. Time is running out!!

MM

LakerPeace -Phil was the coach at that time but Vlade had some issues with his back.

I would take Vlade in his prime over Bynum in his uhhh yea, he would be a perfect fit with this team in the triangle.

Kevin Durant was invited to a party thrown by LeBron James Thursday night in Kansas City, but chose not to go. "I don't go out to parties the day before a game," Durant said. "I really don't go out too much during the season." The teams will play tonight in K.C., and once again, Durant has said and done the right thing. I LOVE this kid! He sounds more and more like Kobe Bryant with every passing day. Of course I'll hate him the moment his Thunder and Kobe's Lakers oppose each other...

@NBA4EVER - Let's not forget Vlade's epic beard. You know, VLade is the only NBA player to get two jerseys when he signed with a team. One for him and one for his beard.


So many memories...

How can you not like Vlade? I'm looking forward to seeing the documentary.

@Cyber - yeah that's deep country..."Say Hey Y'all and Ye Haw"...lol.

@Jefe - Peter Tosh again...nice.

@LakerPeace - I don't know who the first European player in the NBA was, but I know GS had Marculunis (pardon spelling)before Vlade.

GET HER, MARK!


NO PROFILE FOR JUSTA...NO PEACE!!!

Hmmm...Pete Mickeal talking a little smack after yesterdays game -

"Kobe said to me “Hey, this game might get you in the NBA,” trying to be a smart. “If you think that, then put your money where your mouth is and play one-on-one and we’ll see where your game is at,” I replied. “Put your $100 million to my account and then we can play basketball, then you talk to me since you want to be a smart.”

http://blogs.hoopshype.com/blogs/mickeal/2010/10/08/memo-to-lakers-its-our-gym/#ixzz11oHJY1Ot

Ok Pete & FC Barcelona it was a good win, but win you talk smack after a preseason game I have to stick with my country theme for today and tell you this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqFLXayD6e8&feature=related

Divac is one of six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Posted by: NBA4ever | October 08, 2010 at 03:08 PM
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NBA4ever - nice stat. You can throw Wilt, Russ and some of other guys who played before they started keeping block shots as a stat in there also.

@Jamie Sweet - The beard paved the way for DeShawn Stevenson, Pau Gasol, and Gilbert (I'm not a goofball anymore but bitter) Arenas.

@LRob - I know he wasn't the first European player in the NBA, but I do believe he was the first drafted in the first round. He is the only non-American to play at least a 1,000 games in the NBA.

Stapes24,
My very first blog was to suggest the Lakers should sign Shaq as a backup center right after those 3 brats signed with the Heat. ...I dont want to stir against all Shaq-haters (especially after he signed with Celtics,) but at that time, that was my first thought. I had thought the best way to beat the Heat was to have solid center position and also have all of those Shaq-Kobe, Shaq-Phil, and Shaq-Buss anomosities settle down. I believe with healthy Bynum, the Lakers will still have the best front line in the NBA.

LRob and NBA4ever,
Thank you for clarifying the facts!

Please add my sincerest get well to the Mrs. Jolly Rancher cavalcade.

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Jamie - Vlade was beard visionary, no doubt. One of the sweatiest, hairiest, smelliest men in roundball and a master flopper as well. Plus a chain-smoker for 16 years. Not that I condone smoking but there's something fairly unique about a giant chimney with beard critters in the NBA.

Thanks a million for making this film, I'll watch it the first chance I get.

I grew up with this generation of Yugoslav players in Macedonia, and watched them play with joy.

There are a million of similar stories about relations going down the drain like this during the war - and most often it would be the radicals in the environment of friends/relatives/spouses that won out.

And I find it impossible to blame any of the players. Those were gruesome times: life took on a new perspective once your family had been called and warned. If you didn't choose a side, it would be chosen for you.

It's good that all the ones alive took part in this film.

great documentary, incredible guy vlade divac is for opening up and stepping back into croatia where hes still hated...amazing

great program. it's great to see the history behind the euros who first started out here. drazen petrovic was a beast when he came into his own in new jersey. i loved when they had that reggie miller quote that he liked playing against petrovic because petrovic "talked trash in 4 languages". also seeing petrovic go hard against jordan was pretty funny. too bad it only lasted a couple of years.

This was honestly one of the best documentaries I've ever watched. I'm old enough to remember Yugoslavia break up and I remember the game between Croatia and Yugoslavia and the cold shoulders that the players gave one another. It's a shame that Divac never got the chance to talk to Petrovic before he died. Shamelessly, I'll admit that I cried watching the Divac visit Petrovic's grave. It's moments like these that makes people really think about what's important in life and just how delicate relationships can be.


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