by Craig Kwasniewski
In a sad reminder that Vlade Divac retired from the Los Angeles Lakers last month, cigarette sales in Los Angeles have dropped 50 percent. Anyway, this season, we the staff at The Association Blog will be dedicating several articles to the late, great Vlade Divac.
Yeah sure Vlade officially retired last month, but in all reality his last true contribution to the game was somewhere back in February of 2004. All signs pointed to his demise in Sacramento when the Kings benched Vlade in the playoffs against Minnesota. Why? Simple, he was too damn slow for Michael Olowokandi and the other scrub big men for the T-Wolves. Again, too slow for one of the biggest NBA draft busts in Olowokandi. In case you may need reminding, the only big man worse than "The Kandi Man" is Darko, and Vlade couldn't hang with him.
To the shock of nobody at all, Mitch Kupchak, "GM" of the Lakers, obviously didn't scout Vlade and signed him to a 2-year contract at roughly $5 million a year. Mitch must have seen something in a 37-year old chain-smoking center, because the rest of The Association did not. Hey, but those 15 games he played last season were quite memorable. Throwing around all those bear hugs, smoking cigarettes and waving a towel while averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds, what can you say but, "Thankyou Mitch, I'm sure glad the Lakers have Vlade instead of Shaq!"
FIIIRRREEE KUP-CHAK (Clap...Clap...Clap-Clap-Clap).....FIIIRRREEE KUP-CHAK (Clap...Clap...Clap-Clap-Clap)
I will miss all the flopping, turnovers, times being posterized, and especially that certain homoerotic flair that Vlade brings to the court. For rememberance, I bring to you the Vlade Homo Pic of the Week.