Ailene Voisin's column calling for the Kings to retire Vlade Divac's #21 jersey hasn't sparked much attention yet. (Maybe few pay attention to Ailene post-Peja?) I think outside Chris Webber, Vlade is the best representative of the glory era to be immortalized. (Maybe when Geoff Petrie goes out to pasture, we can make him a bronze statue or something.)
But Vlade isn't your traditional 'number-retiring' guy. He wasn't a statistical beast or an all-pro; he didn't hit an inordinate amount of big shots. He was, of course, the catalyst -- the first big-name free agent who said, "Sacramento? Yeah, that's cool. Let's go there." He kept Jason Williams on the straight-and-narrow and kept Webber smiling. He taught Hedo Turkoglu to speak English, Peja Stojakovic to live in America, and Brad Miller to bounce pass. He made Rick Adelman's defense look good on occasion. He was our Tim Duncan (without the 20/10). Of course he should be respected with the only honor we can give him. Right?
Poll on the right, debate in the comments.