View Full Version : Divac out for season? Mailman out for season?

09-24-2004, 07:01 PM
The Los Angeles Lakers said Friday they don't know if the 41-year-old forward will play this season. Malone, who had surgery on his right knee at the end of June, is a free agent and reportedly is being pursued by several teams.

"Our understanding is he's not going to be ready to return for a couple months," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "We're hopeful he does decide to play another season and he decides to play for us."

Malone's agent, Dwight Manley, refused comment. In July, he disputed reports that Malone had decided to retire. The second-leading scorer in NBA history, Malone played 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz before joining the Lakers last summer.

Los Angeles also will be without center Vlade Divac for a while. He has a herniated disc in his lower back and is not expected to be ready when training camp begins Oct. 5.

Black said it's too early to know when Divac can return. "We'll have a better idea next week, when he's re-evaluated."

Divac hurt himself on a spin move during an informal workout at the Lakers' training facility earlier in the week. Tests Thursday revealed the extent of the injury.

The Lakers will train at the University of San Diego for about 10 days. Their first preseason game is Oct. 12 against the Seattle SuperSonics in Anaheim.

Divac, 36, signed a two-year contract in July that will reportedly pay him $4.9 million this season. He began his career with the Lakers in 1989 as the 26th overall pick in the NBA draft and played seven seasons in Los Angeles before being traded to Charlotte in the summer of 1996 for the rights to Kobe Bryant.

Divac played for the Sacramento Kings the past six years, averaging 9.9 points in each of the past two seasons. The Lakers signed him after trading center Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and Caron Butler.

09-24-2004, 08:21 PM
Damn, Divac is old. I feel sorry for him everytime he plays, he can't jump at all, whatsoever, can't get off the ground. Then again, watching some games on ESPNClassic shows that he never could. Now he hurts himself with a spin move. Malone should retire already and live with never winning a championship..... a cheap-shot artist like him doesn't deserve one.

Poindexter Einstein
09-24-2004, 11:01 PM
i saw a rumor that Malone had microfracture surgery, which would probably shelve him for good, but I couldnt find any verification anywhere so I dont know how true it is. If accxurate, it would explain why his healing time keeps dragging on and on.