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Stanislav Medvedenko - PF/C, 6'10, 253
Retired - Retired in 2008
       Date of birth: 04/04/1979
       Country: Ukraine
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2000
     Out of: Budivelnyk (Ukraine)
  NBA Experience: 7 years
  Hand: Right

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 44
2010-04-09

- Stanislav Medvedenko

Medvedenko played in only 2 games in the 2005-06 season with the L.A. Lakers, and appeared in1 4 more with the Atlanta Hawks down the stretch of the 2006-07 season. But that's it. That was his career. Even though Slava turned 31 only this week, he has not played outside of the NBA at any point, and hasn't played in it for the best part of 5 years.

The internet does not carry much news about the life and times of Slava since then. But what it does carry is rather surprising. Slava had a minor cameo in a film called - and I quote - "Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!", a no doubt classic Carmen Electra comedy for which a trailer can be seen here. If that seems like a mistake, and that IMDB has jumped the gun and assumed that the guy in the film called Slava Medvedenko is THE Slava Medevedenko when it's actually some other dude of the same name, then fear not, because it really is Slava. Here he is in character.



This appears to be not only the start of Slava's acting career, but the end. It is Slava's only listed appearance on IMDB in any show, apart from the 2004 NBA Finals, which were another fine cameo of his but which can't really be called acting. Nevertheless, if this is the start of Slava's new career path, quenching Hollywood's relentless thirst for "Freakishly Tall Men With Foreign Accents", then I'm all for it.

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   Where Are They Now, 2011: Bookkeeping The Retired Guys
2011-04-19

Stanislav Medvedenko - Last time we checked in on Slava, he was performing cameos in Carmen Electra films. This update is slightly less interesting, but far more worthwhile - Slava has set up a youth basketball foundation in his homeland.

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition
2013-03-19

Stanislav Medvedenko - Runs an academy back in the Ukraine.

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