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Vlade Divac says DeMarcus Cousins is more talented than Shaq

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Vlade thinks highly of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, so much so that he believes he has more overall talent than Shaq.

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Vlade Divac, newly installed vice president of basketball and franchise operations for the Sacramento Kings, had some classic battles with Shaquille O'Neal during their playing days. O'Neal is considered one of the best centers in NBA history, but Divac believes Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is more talented.

"I've been in basketball for a long, long time - I have to say he's [Cousins] the most talented big guy I've ever seen," Divac told reporters at Sleep Train Arena Monday. When pressed on if he thinks he is more talented than O'Neal, Divac responded with: "Yeah, Shaq wasn't talented, he was just strong. I was talented but I wasn't strong. Shaq was dominant. Shaq was one of the most dominant players ever, but when you talk about talent, I think DeMarcus is a way far from everybody."

As for his old nemesis being a minority of the Kings, Divac doesn't think it is weird.

"No, I mean we talked about it in China when we were together and we would kind of joke around. He always was my boss, so let's put it that way," Divac said.

In his new role with the Kings, Divac will advise the front office and coaching staff, and assist in the organization's global branding efforts. Additionally, he will facilitate talent evaluation and help foster relationships between the team and European athletes.