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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 27, P-II)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Vlade Divac knew he had a story to tell. But for so many years, he just didn’t know if or how it should be told.

Thanks to the NBA Entertainment produced “Once Brothers,” the latest hit in ESPN Films’ acclaimed 30 for 30 series, we all get to experience Divac’s journey as if it were our own.

Divac is the narrator and one of the stars of “Once Brothers,” a fascinating film detailing the story of he and Drazen Petrovic, his former teammate on the Yugoslavian national team, their friendship and rise to NBA stardom that was destroyed by a 1991 civil war in their homeland.

Divac joined us on the Episode 27 of the Hang Time Podcast (this is part II of a special episode) to discuss the film, how it came to be and much more.


With their relationship strained by civil war between Divac’s Serbia and Petrovic’s Croatia, the two men who were once like brothers continued their NBA careers on opposite sides of the league, Divac in Los Angeles with the Lakers and Petrovic in New Jersey with the Nets, and opposite sides of a conflict beyond their control that their friendship simply could not survive.

When Pertrovic was killed in an auto accident in Germany on June 7, 1993, the men hadn’t spoken a word to each other in nearly two years, despite having faced each other on the court. “Once Brothers” tells the powerful tale of their rise as the first two European players to earn NBA stardom, the demise of their friendship and Divac’s attempt to deal with the fallout.

It’s a must see!

“Once Brothers” airs tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

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