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Friends in high places

"Legendary basketball player Vlade Divac has been appointed advisor to [Serbian] Home Minister and also Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic".

And for why?: "[A] Team with Dacic and Divac is not a surprise. As ‘Blic’ learns, they have been friends since 2000 when Divac and another basketball player Predrag Danilovic at Dacic’s initiative were appointed top officials of ‘Partizan’ basketball team".

(Blic's translations tend to sound a bit mechanical, but that is the original)

A bit of sniffing around suggests that Divac is not much more than 'a pituitary case who sticks a ball through a hoop'. His reaction to his somewhat complex attempts to make a mark on Serbian business being rebuffed saw him say this: "All of this is ugly and I'm very upset... I realized that there's no place for me in Serbia and my friends can meet me in Madrid from now on... In Serbia, some different rules are in effect, and I can't conceive them".

Well, perhaps he is no less suited to this role than some of the homunculi advising the One Eyed King and his retinue.

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