Former Laker Vlade Divac Featured in Film

51575962AB_D023074004As part of ESPN’s terrific “30 for 30″ series, director Mike Tolajian takes a look at how political circumstances in the former Yugoslavia tore at the friendship of Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, a war dividing Divac’s Serbia and Petrovic’s Croatia.


Divac, whom the Lakers drafted in the first round of the 1989 draft and traded seven years later for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant, is the feature voice in the film. Petrovic, perhaps the greatest international player ever, teamed with Divac on the great Yugoslavian teams of the 1980′s, then starred for the New Jersey Nets before dying tragically at the age of 28 in a car crash in Germany.

The film, entitled “Once Brothers,” premiers at 5 p.m. Pacific on ESPN.