Vlade Divac donates $90k to charity. Photo via NBA

I might be biased, but there are days that I would argue that Vlade Divac is one of the greatest centers men of all time. Sure, you can pull stats of any of those other guys and prove me wrong statistically. But hear me out. Divac was a pioneer for the NBA in a handful of ways.

  1. Vlade was the first Serbian player to ever play in the NBA and probably the greatest player to come from Serbia. He opened the door for guys like Peja Stojakovic, who is one of the best shooters of all time (yeah i said it!). And guys like Vladimir Radmanovic, who had some of the best hair the league has ever seen (Seriously!). And guys like Darko Milicic, who actually won an NBA title (seriously? Yes but he sucks at kickboxing.) and inspired one of my favorite Twitter names.
  2. The Flop. If you’re anywhere near my age or older, you know that nobody could draw in opponents and referee whistles the way Vlade Divac could. It was like some Jedi mind shit the way opposing teams would get all frustrated with Vlade’s overreacting to any kind of contact. Now the flop is illegal and could get you fined but none of that would have been possible without Vlade.
  3. He’s a f**king badass! There’s still no proof he smoked cigs at halftime (Grantland has tried) but just look at Vlade. He looks like he could play the villain in the next James Bond movie. Ok, seriously. What makes Vlade a badass is that he has dedicated so much of his time to humanitarian efforts. In fact he’s still hitting long range jumpers better than any big man in the league! All in the name of charity!

Happy birthday, Vlade! Speaking on behalf of Sacramento Kings fans (and hopefully anyone that enjoys incredible basketball), we’re lucky to have seen you pave a new path. Not to mention, he’s worn some dope sneakers over the years.

Vlade Divac and Scottie Pippen wearing the Nike Air Way Up. Photo via NBA
Vlade Divac in the Nike Air Max Uptempo 1995. Photo via NBA
Vlade Divac and Magic Johnson. Photo via NBA
Vlade Divac in the Nike Air Force 3. Photo via Mike Powell/Getty
Vlade Divac’s Champion Sneakers from 1989. Photo via Legendary Auctions
Vlade Divac Nike Air Deliver Force. Photo via Mears
Vlade Divac Dada Supreme. Photo via AKAL3N

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