Lakers' Divac plumps it up

October 12, 1992|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac has arrived in training camp, but not in good shape.

"He's in terrible condition," Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said during a weekend workout at the University of Hawaii. "He's bigger and stronger than he's been in the past, but a lot of it is not good, lean weight."

Divac put on about 15 to 20 pounds during the summer with a weight program devised by Vitti. But his regimen was interrupted by a 10-week stint practicing with the Yugoslavian national team and another four weeks in Greece on vacation.

"Where I made a mistake is that I didn't spend a lot of time running," said Divac, who is up to a career-high 265 pounds. "I get 20 pounds, but I didn't run. But I'll be OK. My legs feel heavy, but I'm much better [than previous years]."

This is Divac's fourth training camp since joining the club as a late first-round pick in 1989, and for the fourth time he has been behind his teammates in his preparation for the season.

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