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By Los Angeles Daily News | October 12, 1992
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.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 27, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The ball came to him like a bounce pass in a pre-game drill, into Robert Horry's warm hands, 24 feet from the rim. Catch and shoot, just like practice. All Vlade Divac had wanted to do was kill the clock, get out of this hostile arena and live to tell about knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers twice in less than 48 hours on their home floor. But when Divac, the Sacramento Kings' center, slapped the ball away from the basket with nothing but good intentions, one of the game's great playoff clutch shooters suddenly had Game 4 - not to mention the series - in his sights.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 5, 1991
CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Lakers have their own version of the good cop-bad cop routine, starring coach Mike Dunleavy, team captain Magic Johnson and youthful center Vlade Divac.Dunleavy is the good cop, Johnson the bad cop and Divac the suspect."Magic really gets upset with Vlade when he thinks he's made a mental mistake or isn't giving 100 percent," Dunleavy said."He'll yell at him on the court in front of thousands of fans. I try to be a calming influence, encouraging Vlade all the time.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2002
There is, of course, no way of telling whether the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers will produce a Western Conference finals that can meet all the pre-series expectations. This much, however, is certain: If the two teams play half as well as they have talked in the lead-in period, this will be a series for the ages. The chatter started weeks ago as the Kings and Lakers battled for the Pacific Division title and best record in the league, claimed by Sacramento by three games. As the two teams made their respective way through the Western playoffs, they continued to take potshots at each other, and the talking has been nonstop on the way to today's series opener at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
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By Alan Goldstein | March 13, 1991
Ask three-time MVP Magic Johnson who holds the key to the Los Angeles Lakers' renewed title aspirations and he doesn't hesitate a second."Vlade Divac," Johnson said before Saturday night's game against the Bullets at the Capital Centre. "The Western Conference is more competitive than ever this season. Besides us, Portland, Phoenix, Utah, San Antonio and even Houston can make a run for it."Check these teams out. They either have an outstanding center or point guard. Except for the Jazz and Suns, who use their centers mainly for defense, they all have big men who can score.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2002
There is, of course, no way of telling whether the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers will produce a Western Conference finals that can meet all the pre-series expectations. This much, however, is certain: If the two teams play half as well as they have talked in the lead-in period, this will be a series for the ages. The chatter started weeks ago as the Kings and Lakers battled for the Pacific Division title and best record in the league, claimed by Sacramento by three games. As the two teams made their respective way through the Western playoffs, they continued to take potshots at each other, and the talking has been nonstop on the way to today's series opener at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
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By Helene Elliott and Helene Elliott,Los Angeles Times | May 5, 1993
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Paul Westphal made good on the first part of his prediction, but the Los Angeles Lakers came remarkably close to sweeping the Suns out of the first round of the playoffs and making the Phoenix coach eat his bold words.Phoenix held off a series of comebacks by the Lakers, who cut a 14-point deficit to one with 19.7 seconds to play, and stayed alive in the Western Conference first-round, best-of-five series with a 107-102 victory last night.The Suns -- who got 27 points from Charles Barkley, 18 from Richard Dumas and 17 from Kevin Johnson -- are attempting to become the fourth team in NBA playoff history to win a best-of-five series after losing the first two games.
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By Helene Elliott and Helene Elliott,Los Angeles Times | May 3, 1993
PHOENIX -- They held onto each other and thrust their fists in the air, two specks of purple and gold bobbing in a sea of outraged orange. At the same time Byron Scott hugged Vlade Divac, Scott also embraced the Los Angeles Lakers' storied past and their improbably happy present."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 27, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The ball came to him like a bounce pass in a pre-game drill, into Robert Horry's warm hands, 24 feet from the rim. Catch and shoot, just like practice. All Vlade Divac had wanted to do was kill the clock, get out of this hostile arena and live to tell about knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers twice in less than 48 hours on their home floor. But when Divac, the Sacramento Kings' center, slapped the ball away from the basket with nothing but good intentions, one of the game's great playoff clutch shooters suddenly had Game 4 - not to mention the series - in his sights.
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By Mark Heisler and Mark Heisler,Los Angeles Times | February 15, 1991
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Home to lick their wounds -- well, their wound -- the Los Angeles Lakers took their sweet time but finally dispatched the patsy proffered by the schedule, the Minnesota Timberwolves, starting another winning streak.This one is one game, after they left their 16-gamer in Phoenix.It took most of Tuesday night before a spectacular run by Vlade Divac, who was in turn whipped back into action once again by Magic Johnson, turned the game. Divac scored 18 points, took 13 rebounds, blocked six shots, made four steals and three flashy assists, got a standing ovation from the Forum crowd of 16,662 and led the Lakers to a 120-106 victory.
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By Helene Elliott and Helene Elliott,Los Angeles Times | May 5, 1993
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Paul Westphal made good on the first part of his prediction, but the Los Angeles Lakers came remarkably close to sweeping the Suns out of the first round of the playoffs and making the Phoenix coach eat his bold words.Phoenix held off a series of comebacks by the Lakers, who cut a 14-point deficit to one with 19.7 seconds to play, and stayed alive in the Western Conference first-round, best-of-five series with a 107-102 victory last night.The Suns -- who got 27 points from Charles Barkley, 18 from Richard Dumas and 17 from Kevin Johnson -- are attempting to become the fourth team in NBA playoff history to win a best-of-five series after losing the first two games.
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By Helene Elliott and Helene Elliott,Los Angeles Times | May 3, 1993
PHOENIX -- They held onto each other and thrust their fists in the air, two specks of purple and gold bobbing in a sea of outraged orange. At the same time Byron Scott hugged Vlade Divac, Scott also embraced the Los Angeles Lakers' storied past and their improbably happy present."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | February 22, 1993
SALT LAKE CITY -- No formal trade announcements were made, but the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been in a serious decline since the retirement of superstar Magic Johnson, are expected to trade starting forward Sam Perkins and center Vlade Divac in separate deals with the Seattle SuperSonics and Dallas Mavericks.According to a Lakers source, Perkins would be sent to Seattle for unsigned rookie guard/forward Doug Christie of Pepperdine. Los Angeles also would have to pick up the expensive multi-year contract of reserve 7-foot center Benoit Benjamin, a major disappointment with the Sonics.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | October 12, 1992
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.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 5, 1991
CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Lakers have their own version of the good cop-bad cop routine, starring coach Mike Dunleavy, team captain Magic Johnson and youthful center Vlade Divac.Dunleavy is the good cop, Johnson the bad cop and Divac the suspect."Magic really gets upset with Vlade when he thinks he's made a mental mistake or isn't giving 100 percent," Dunleavy said."He'll yell at him on the court in front of thousands of fans. I try to be a calming influence, encouraging Vlade all the time.
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By Alan Goldstein | March 13, 1991
Ask three-time MVP Magic Johnson who holds the key to the Los Angeles Lakers' renewed title aspirations and he doesn't hesitate a second."Vlade Divac," Johnson said before Saturday night's game against the Bullets at the Capital Centre. "The Western Conference is more competitive than ever this season. Besides us, Portland, Phoenix, Utah, San Antonio and even Houston can make a run for it."Check these teams out. They either have an outstanding center or point guard. Except for the Jazz and Suns, who use their centers mainly for defense, they all have big men who can score.
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By Mark Heisler and Mark Heisler,Los Angeles Times | October 21, 1990
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- They were just a couple of kids from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, with stars in their eyes -- Anna, an aspiring actress, and Vlade, a basketball player -- alongside the other young marrieds in Marina del Rey.Why is it Vlade Divac never blends in for too long?Maybe it's because he's 7-feet-1 . . . and talented . . . and lovable . . . not to mention a trial to his doting elders.A year after leaving Belgrade, he is Southern California's favorite Yugo. His face is on T-shirts. Among the Los Angeles Lakers, only Magic Johnson has higher visibility.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | February 22, 1993
SALT LAKE CITY -- No formal trade announcements were made, but the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been in a serious decline since the retirement of superstar Magic Johnson, are expected to trade starting forward Sam Perkins and center Vlade Divac in separate deals with the Seattle SuperSonics and Dallas Mavericks.According to a Lakers source, Perkins would be sent to Seattle for unsigned rookie guard/forward Doug Christie of Pepperdine. Los Angeles also would have to pick up the expensive multi-year contract of reserve 7-foot center Benoit Benjamin, a major disappointment with the Sonics.
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By Mark Heisler and Mark Heisler,Los Angeles Times | February 15, 1991
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Home to lick their wounds -- well, their wound -- the Los Angeles Lakers took their sweet time but finally dispatched the patsy proffered by the schedule, the Minnesota Timberwolves, starting another winning streak.This one is one game, after they left their 16-gamer in Phoenix.It took most of Tuesday night before a spectacular run by Vlade Divac, who was in turn whipped back into action once again by Magic Johnson, turned the game. Divac scored 18 points, took 13 rebounds, blocked six shots, made four steals and three flashy assists, got a standing ovation from the Forum crowd of 16,662 and led the Lakers to a 120-106 victory.
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By Mark Heisler and Mark Heisler,Los Angeles Times | October 21, 1990
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- They were just a couple of kids from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, with stars in their eyes -- Anna, an aspiring actress, and Vlade, a basketball player -- alongside the other young marrieds in Marina del Rey.Why is it Vlade Divac never blends in for too long?Maybe it's because he's 7-feet-1 . . . and talented . . . and lovable . . . not to mention a trial to his doting elders.A year after leaving Belgrade, he is Southern California's favorite Yugo. His face is on T-shirts. Among the Los Angeles Lakers, only Magic Johnson has higher visibility.
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