'Finest person I've ever been around'

Updated: September 24, 2009, 3:16 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

He is not yet eligible to claim a spot in the international wing of the Basketball Hall of Fame, but you suspect that Vlade Divac won't have to wait through too many more Septembers.

Not when you could start in Portland and scour the globe and still struggle to find a bigger trailblazer in the game.

The résumé stands up well nearly five years since he last played, no matter what you think of his famed, uh, defensive theatrics. Divac's huge, soft hands entrenched ...

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