Tuesday, July 19, 2005

We <3 Vlade

Joe Davidson has a very nice piece on Vlade Divac's impending retirement, if you don't mind visions of barefoot Serbians and baby vomit. (And no, we're not being sarcastic. It's a good story AND it's by Joe Davidson.)

I totally understand why Vlade was let go after 2004 - he wouldn't have helped us on the court. It was a smart decision by Petrie that almost everybody had to hate see done. By the 2004 playoffs, he was really just a bit player on a team struggling (really really struggling) to find its identity.

But how good was that guy for the team and the city? Does Peja ever become "PEJA, MVP candidate" during Webber's 2004 absence without a rock like Vlade going through it with him? Would Jason Williams have actually stuck in this league without a big man that could pass like Vlade? We're not so sure.

I understand his ties to the Lakers - they gave him a chance. But geez, can't we find a place for this guy in our front office? He's an amazing man, and deserves some real loyalty. We didn't show that last year (smartly so, as he can't play anymore), but we could try to show it now by begging him to come back and coach or sit on the bench or scout for us.

So Vlade, if you're reading this -- put some socks on. Err, uh, come back to the Kings organization. We miss you!


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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