The Sacramento Kings are bringing in one of their legendary players to help out in the front office.
Vlade Divac has been named the Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations for Sacramento, the team announced Tuesday. What does that mean, exactly? Expect him to be advising the front office, with particular emphasis on European players, said Bill Herenda of CSNBayArea.com. Here is what the press release said.
In this capacity, Divac’s responsibilities will include advising the Kings front office and coaching staff, assisting the organization’s global branding efforts, augmenting fan outreach initiatives and oversight of player development programs. Additionally, he will facilitate talent evaluation and help foster relationships between the team and a growing pipeline of European athletes.
“With an unparalleled philanthropic track record that spans the globe, Vlade Divac is the epitome of our NBA 3.0 philosophy,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé in a statement. “He has a unique perspective and global stature that will only further elevate our organization around the world.”
Ranadive has worked hard to turn the Kings into more of an international brand; this certainly is a step in that direction.
“It’s a great honor returning to the city that has provided a lifetime of unforgettable experiences,” said Divac in the release. “Sacramento and the Kings organization were always in my thoughts and I often dreamed of having a role in helping our amazing fans realize the ultimate NBA prize. I’m thankful to Vivek for the opportunity and look forward to creating more special memories here.”
Divac spent six years with the Kings and was part of the best teams in the organization’s history. The team has retired his No. 21 jersey.
Divac spent 16 years in the NBA where he averaged 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists a game, plus helped usher in the era of flopping. He was an All-Star in 2001. After his playing days, he has spent time working with European teams and leagues, trying to build that bridge to the NBA.