International basketball star Vlade Divac leads this year Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductees in Boston, reports say. The brawny center out of Yugoslavia (and later Serbia) played sixteen seasons in the NBA.
Accordingly, Divac leads a ten-member class for 2019’s Hall of Fame Induction. However, reports say that this year’s list arguably lacks the star power of previous years inductions. In addition to Divac, this year’s Naismith Hall of Fame inductees include:
- Paul Westphal
- Bobby Jones
- Teresa Weatherspoon
- Sidney Moncrief
- Jack Sikma
- Al Attles
- Bill Fitch
- Chuck Cooper, posthumous induction; and
- Carl Braun, posthumous induction
Vlade Divac’s contributions to basketball go beyond his highly publicized NBA career in which he played 16 seasons across different teams. Divac became known as the person whom the Lakers traded to get then high school superstar Kobe Bryant in 1996. Additionally, he took part in Sacramento’s powerhouse run from 1998-2003 with Chris Webber and Mike Bibby. However, what Vlade Divac has done for the international community goes beyond what he has done for his own career.
Vlade Divac worked wonders for the international game
Notably, Divac’s rise to stardom paved the way for the recognition of the sport in other countries. Apparently, Vlade Divac became the first international superstar in the NBA. And through his efforts, the NBA has become a rather global basketball league. Currently, the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Rookie of the Year are all international players. And it’s all thanks to the strides that Divac made in the ’80s and ’90s.
Hence, despite the seemingly lacking star power of this year’s Hall of Fame candidates as report say, Vlade Divac rises. The Naismith Hall of Fame induction happens every year in Boston.
The Naismith Hall of Fame is named after Dr. James Naismith, the founder of the widely popular sport. Accordingly, the enshrinement happens in Boston, Massachusetts where the game was originally invented.