Divac named Serbian Olympic president

Updated: April 21, 2010, 3:08 PM ET
ESPN.com wire services

Vlade Divac, the Serbian basketball great, has become the country's Olympic committee president.

Divac, the former Los Angeles Lakers center, won several medals with the former Yugoslavia in international competition and also enjoyed a 16-year NBA career with the Lakers, the then-Charlotte Hornets and the Sacramento Kings.

Divas was confirmed as the new president Tuesday just minutes after his rival, former president Ivan Curkovic, decided to step out of the race.

"Sport has built me as a man and taught me not just to compete, but to lead the team as well," Divac said. "I'm ready to be animated and to motivate every single member of our society to contribute to the promotion of sport."

Divac, 40, officially finished his playing career in 2007.

He won gold medals at the FIBA World Championships in Argentina in 1990 and 12 years later in Indianapolis.

His brilliant career began in 1983 in Sloga Kraljevo, and after becoming one of the best Partizan Belgrade players at the end of the 1980s, he joined the Lakers for seven seasons.

After being dealt to the Hornets (where he played for two seasons) in the move that sent the rights to rookie Kobe Bryant to L.A., he joined the Kings and played there from 1998 to 2004.

Divac returned to the Lakers for the 2004-05 season, and finished his NBA career with averages of 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in 1,134 games.

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