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April 21, 2015 Updates
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Alicia Jessop: The Sacramento Kings have become the 1st NBA team to partner with Waze. You can now get driving directions dictated in Vlade Divac's voice. Twitter

April 15, 2015 Updates

He wants to be traded. The Kings want to trade him. Take your pick. Both theories abound on Twitter, blogs, talk shows, etc., from those in the know and those who know nothing. But start with this: Vlade Divac, the Kings’ new vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is mesmerized by the center’s talent. He describes Cousins as a mini-version of the Lithuanian great Arvydas Sabonis. Divac looks at Cousins and sees a commingling of muscle and finesse, enormous skills, an increased willingness to pass and the potential for greatness. Though Cousins could make his teammates better – the litmus test for greatness – more consistently, he has progressed in this facet, too. Sacramento Bee

April 8, 2015 Updates

Vlade Divac has quietly emerged as the new lead voice of the Sacramento Kings' front office, according to league sources. ‎Sources told ESPN.com ‎that Divac, who was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is indeed regarded as the team's top basketball official by owner Vivek Ranadive after months of turbulence in Sacramento. ESPN.com

The Kings have yet to formally announce their new power structure, but sources say that Divac has supplanted both general manager Pete D'Alessandro and former Kings adviser Chris Mullin -- who just jumped to the college game as the new coach at alma mater St. John's -- as Sacramento's lead basketball decision-maker. The future of D'Alessandro in Sacramento, especially after the departure of his closest ally in the organization in Mullin, is unclear. Sources say, however, that the Kings have already launched a search to add another front-line basketball executive to work alongside Divac whether D'Alessandro stays or departs. ESPN.com

March 26, 2015 Updates
March 24, 2015 Updates

If Casspi re-signs with the Kings, his girlfriend Shani Ruderman, a Los Angeles native who has practiced law in Israel, plans to take the California bar exam. She’s taking classes at Sacramento State to improve her English language skills. “Shani loves it here,” Casspi said. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.” Sacramento Bee

March 21, 2015 Updates
March 19, 2015 Updates

A fan himself, Turkoglu keeps tabs on the Kings. So when news broke that the franchise hired Vlade Divac, his former teammate, to be Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations on March 3, it elicited an emotional response. “I want to congratulate Mr. V (Vivek Ranadive) about hiring Vlade,” Turkoglu said in the visitor’s locker room. “Vlade did a lot of good things for this organization and this city. So you know, he was the right guy to be hired. He knows the city, he knows the people, and I think he’ll help this organization to get to the right track, to where it was before, and hopefully, it will be sooner than people expect. I wish him luck and hopefully things will turn around.” Cowbell Kingdom

Turkoglu also wished to dispel the notion that Divac’s hire was for public relations purposes, and not for basketball reasons. “First of all, he knows about basketball. He knows European players’ game, and he’ll bring some players here. Him being European doesn’t mean he’s going to bring all Europeans here. He’ll try to find the right one that knows how to play and fit in the organization. Geoff Petrie was like that, when they brought me, Peja and Vlade, and now Casspi’s here. There’s a lot of good players out there and I think Vlade will find the right one.” Cowbell Kingdom

So enough about George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins. As the Kings limp toward the finish line and another appearance in the NBA draft lottery, members of management have issues to resolve before devoting their attention to potential trades, draft picks and free-agent signings. Will they play together? Will they trust, learn, grow? Will they develop into a cohesive unit or expand on the definition of dysfunction? Vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac. General manager Pete D’Alessandro. Assistant general manager Mike Bratz. Special adviser Chris Mullin, whom high-ranking team executives claim resisted the hiring of Karl and Divac, the beloved former Kings center. Factor the strong-willed, accomplished Karl into the equation, and the mix is potentially toxic, if undeniably talented and intriguing. Sacramento Bee

Again, enter Ranadive: He insisted on hiring Karl, a future Hall of Fame coach, and empowered him to begin the player auditions. He dictated hiring Divac, despite resistance from D’Alessandro and Mullin, and crafted a position designed to capitalize on Divac’s unique abilities and background in basketball and business here and abroad. Asked if he had concerns about the cool reception from some of his new colleagues, Divac said, “I’m here. We’ll see.” D'Alessandro declined to discuss Divac on Monday. In a text Tuesday, he said, “Of course. We are happy to have him.” Sacramento Bee

March 16, 2015 Updates
March 10, 2015 Updates

What's the back story with this new role you have in Sacramento? How long have you been talking to second-year Kings owner Vivek Ranadive about it, and where's your head at there? Vlade Divac: Well I met Mr. Vivek first time some time last year, when I came to Sacramento after they found way to keep the franchise in Sacramento (when it appeared a group in Seattle would buy and relocate the team), and I was so happy. (He was) telling people overseas that usually in the States, it's all business, right? But this was probably one single story where love and emotions won over the business, you know? And I think people in Sacramento really deserve to have the team, because they love basketball. Obviously I was invited to be part of the NBA China game, where Kings and Nets had a couple games, and the more chance to talk with Vivek about his philosophy and vision. I really kind of enjoyed his company and talk about possibilities and what we can do in Sacramento. And then he started talking about maybe bringing me back, and my plans obviously were focused on my family. USA Today Sports

I have to imagine you've had other opportunities to get back into the league. Have you passed up jobs like this in the past? Vlade Divac: Well yeah, I still keep very close relationship with the old guys that I had some time (with) during my long-time NBA career. I have friends all over the place. One of them — and he's probably an icon now in the NBA, somebody who had vision a long time ago, somebody who actually is probably the reason why I came to the NBA in the first place — that's (San Antonio Spurs coach) Gregg Popovich. (He) was one of the first, let's say, NBA people, to start exploring in the late '80s outside the NBA. He was the reason why we all came in '89, that first wave of European guys, which I had a lot of respect for the coach. I had an opportunity to talk to him the other day, he was very happy that I came back to NBA. I asked for some advice from his people. USA Today Sports

March 9, 2015 Updates

Then Magic started off. He called guys out on how they just wanted to be Lakers for the parties and the girls. He reminded them how nobody at the parties cared about them, just that they were Lakers. Since they didn’t take care of business, next year they would be gone and the girls would be interested in whoever else was wearing the Laker uniforms. Right about then somebody’s beeper went off. It is 7:20 in the morning and a beeper goes off (remember it’s 1994). Magic stiffens up like a hunting dog and starts zooming in on the sound. It’s muffled like its in a gym bag but the room is pretty small and we can all hear what direction it’s coming from. SheridanHoops

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