That was Vladimir Radmanovicâ€™s last act as a Laker before he was traded Saturday to the Charlotte Bobcats in primarily a payroll-paring move for the future. The Lakers acquired small forward Adam Morrison, a bust to this point as the third pick in the 2006 draft, and shooting guard Shannon Brown.
In his final Lakers practice on Friday, Radmanovic didnâ€™t wear basketball shoes. He wore Vans â€“ the low-top, slip-on kind of sneakers favored by skateboarders and, yes, snowboarders.
Or not seriously â€¦ because what undermined Radmanovic, 28, in every attempt to make his mark as a Laker was a lack of seriousness about his profession. Thatâ€™s why the Lakers were thrilled to unload his contract to spend more freely this offseason in trying to re-sign Trevor Ariza.
Bryant had more pressing concerns Saturday at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ practice facility, preparing for a marquee matchup against LeBron James, but Bryant offered this comment about Morrison’s past failures:
“All that doesn’t matter, though. You come in this system, with the group of guys that we have here, and we tend to bring out the best in guys."
Edited by Michael, February 07, 2009 - 10:41 PM.