Wednesday August 6th, 2014

Former NBA player Vlade Divac underwent emergency surgery last week in his native Serbia, doctors told the Associated Press. A Sacramento Kings official told the Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin that the procedure was to remove Divac's spleen.

Divac's life was not threatened, and he is recovering well. He was admitted to a hospital in Belgrade after experiencing significant stomach pain.

A 16-year NBA veteran, Divac retired in 2005 after playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets and Kings, averaging 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and making one All-Star team. The center is known for being part of the trade that brought Kobe Bryant's draft rights to the Lakers from the Hornets.

Since retiring, Divac has worked for the NBA as a global ambassador. He's also the current president of the Serbian Olympic Committee.

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​- Ben Estes

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