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August 29, 2013
Vlade Divac makes surprise visit at Kings practice facility

While I was finishing an hour-long interview with new Kings coach Michael Malone in his office at the Sacramento Kings practice facility, there was a knock on the door. Who walks in? Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro, accompanied by a grinning Vlade Divac.

The former Kings center - whose No.21 jersey hangs from the rafters inside Sleep Train Arena - was coy about the purpose for his visit and said he planned to remain in Sacramento very briefly.

When I asked if he would be joining the new regime as an international scout or in some other capacity, he just laughed.

Currently, the Kings icon lives in Belgrade, where he heads Serbia's Olympic effort.

"The most important thing is that the Kings stayed," said Divac, who as usual, was wearing jeans and a short-sleeved T-shirt. "It will take some time (returning to elite status). People have to be patient. But the team is here."

Before walking off toward the practice facility with D'Alessandro, Divac said he would be back in town for the Kings home opener against Denver.



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