Vlade Divac passed up on drafting Luka Doncic in the 2018 draft partly because he didn’t think highly of Doncic’s father, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
MacMahon relayed the story in a recent episode of Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast discussing the evolution of Doncic.
The discussion turned to how the Kings and Suns both passed up the opportunity to draft Doncic despite having people close to the player at the time. MacMahon said that Divac’s closeness with Doncic’s dad went against the player.
“My understanding is that [Divac] being so close to Luka and knowing his dad so well factored into their decision. Basically, he didn’t think a whole lot of Luka’s dad, and the whole like father like son … well … no, this is a different dude. You messed that one up, Vlade,” said MacMahon.