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#1 TheAssassin611

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 03:37 AM

Vladimir Radmanovic could put up with being called a "space cadet" and "my favorite martian" by Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

But when Jackson stopped playing Radmanovic, the versatile forward suggested it was time to leave Los Angeles.

As Radmanovic prepared to pull on a Charlotte Bobcats jersey for the first time Monday, Radmanovic acknowledged he had asked for a trade.

"I said if there was something to be done, I was open for it," Radmanovic said.

The odd Radmanovic-Jackson marriage was broken up Saturday when the Lakers sent the 6-foot-10 Serbian to the Bobcats for underachieving forward Adam Morrison and reserve guard Shannon Brown.

The deal came as Radmanovic's playing time plummeted. After beginning the season as a starter, Radmanovic find himself behind Luke Walton and Trevor Ariza at small forward. When center Andrew Bynum was injured, Lamar Odom moved into the starting lineup and Radmanovic fell even further in the rotation.

Radmanovic didn't play more than 14 minutes in any of his final six games as a Laker and totaled five points in his final four games.

"That was a big surprise for me, after starting 20-something games and all of a sudden coming to practice and being told you're not playing anymore even though the team had lost only three games," Radmanovic said. "It was a huge surprise for me in my career."

But it was another chapter in his difficult relationship with Jackson.

Not long after signing with the Lakers as a free agent in 2006, Jackson got on Radmanovic for a perceived lack of concentration and his tendency to take bad shots. It didn't help that Radmanovic was fined in 2007 after suffering a shoulder injury while snowboarding, an activity banned in his contract.

Besides the space cadet barb, Jackson told reporters last season that Radmanovic needed to spend time with a psychologist.

"That's his way of trying to reach out to players," Radmanovic said. "As a person, you try to not really pay attention to it, the names I was called over there. I didn't take it personal, obviously. If I did I would have talked back to him. That's just Phil. He's a different guy, a guy who likes to address certain issues with the players in the media."

Charlotte coach Larry Brown said he spoke with Radmanovic's coach in Seattle, Nate McMillan, for tips on how to use his new player. The 12th pick in the 2001 draft, Radmanovic averaged 12 points in the 2003-04 season and 11.8 points a year later with the SuperSonics. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the trade deadline in 2006.

"I just want him to relax, enjoy playing and go from there," Brown said.

The 28-year-old Radmanovic joins a much different team than his previous employer, going from a championship contender to a fifth-year franchise that was 19-31 entering Monday's game with the Clippers.

But Radmanovic figures to get much more time on the floor with Charlotte, while escaping a difficult relationship with his old boss.

"As a player you always want to play," Radmanovic said. "To be on a team like the Lakers, I was willing to sacrifice my minutes, my touches and everything else to be successful and for us to win a championship. Unfortunately it didn't work out."



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Posted February 10, 2009 - 05:40 AM

I was happy too... I hope Luke Walton is next...
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 11:08 AM

I was happy too. Glad to have Adam and Shannon. Wish Shannon had been here when Jordan was hurt.The kid is a big guard who actually plays D and can play both G spots.

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 11:25 AM

I knew there was something wrong once I saw his minutes going down quickly. & Phil kept mentioning this "internal issue." It was kind of confirmation once I heard that Luke was going to start because of some "internal issues." Vlad's a good guy & a pretty good player - maybe he really just wasn't fit for the Lakers.

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 01:11 PM

I knew there was something wrong once I saw his minutes going down quickly. & Phil kept mentioning this "internal issue." It was kind of confirmation once I heard that Luke was going to start because of some "internal issues." Vlad's a good guy & a pretty good player - maybe he really just wasn't fit for the Lakers.


Well, now we know what's going to happen next time Phil uses the phrase "internal issues"... :shifty:

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 01:16 PM

I knew there was something wrong once I saw his minutes going down quickly. & Phil kept mentioning this "internal issue." It was kind of confirmation once I heard that Luke was going to start because of some "internal issues." Vlad's a good guy & a pretty good player - maybe he really just wasn't fit for the Lakers.


he fit perfectly. He was our SF for most of last year and the playoffs where we went to the finals. He did his job...space the floor and pass it into the post and not make stupid passes or plays. He has his moments defensively but he plays hard and definitely a better overall playe than Luke Walton.

He and Phil didn't get along for some reason and well look what happened

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 01:25 PM

I'd rather have VladRad throw up the ball 1000 times and take our chances rather than Luke shooting it 5 times. If I were other teams, I would step back on Luke and let him shoot, knowing that he will just pass the ball ala the "Jason Kidd" defense... kinda sucks that this happened, but who knows, maybe A-Mo can blossom into a better player than VladRad and Luke
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 01:29 PM

he fit perfectly. He was our SF for most of last year and the playoffs where we went to the finals. He did his job...space the floor and pass it into the post and not make stupid passes or plays. He has his moments defensively but he plays hard and definitely a better overall playe than Luke Walton.

He and Phil didn't get along for some reason and well look what happened


MDI, I think Phil tends to lean toward sharper players... and let's face it, as well as Rad has played in spurts, he is by far the worst decision maker on the team. It wasn't his fault though that we had 4 SF on this team. :/

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 01:35 PM

All 3 of our SFs brought different things to the table. Luke with his "passing" Vlad with the outside shooting which provides the spacing for Kobe/Gasol and Ariza with the defense hustle. Sharp or not, his presence on the starting lineup was good enough to make the finals. DO i think we can make the finals with Luke at SF? absoutely but its gonna be a bigger struggle on the path to getting there for sure. And I hope we don't run out of energy when we get there. You know those teams are gonna slap the zone on us and we're gonna wish Vlad was here.

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 01:45 PM

All 3 of our SFs brought different things to the table. Luke with his "passing" Vlad with the outside shooting which provides the spacing for Kobe/Gasol and Ariza with the defense hustle. Sharp or not, his presence on the starting lineup was good enough to make the finals. DO i think we can make the finals with Luke at SF? absoutely but its gonna be a bigger struggle on the path to getting there for sure. And I hope we don't run out of energy when we get there. You know those teams are gonna slap the zone on us and we're gonna wish Vlad was here.

actually we made the finals with luke starting, it was the finals when radman took the starting role because luke was having injury problem and thats when paul pierce lit us up, if u remember, luke was the one that shut carmelo up against denver, and was the one battling matt harpring and the other small forwards of utah, and i think against sa radman started seeing as tho they didnt have a scoring sf in sa, bowen was just a defender and an ok 3 point shooter so yea it was luke that got us to the finals and rad was the guy that got torched by pierce in the finals cuz he's a space cadet that pays no attention on defense.
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 02:02 PM

I was happy too... I hope Luke Walton is next...


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Posted February 10, 2009 - 02:13 PM

only radmonovic would be happy to leave the lakers for the bobcats

i think 90% of the bobcats team would rather be a laker than a bobcat hell 99%
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 02:16 PM

Lol happy to leave a contender for a team that is building.




YaY i got traded to the Bobcats. :dance1: :dance1:

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 03:15 PM

You know those teams are gonna slap the zone on us and we're gonna wish Vlad was here.


3 pointers aren't the only way to attack a zone. Good passing from the high post is another option, and I personally prefer that one.
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 03:20 PM

Buzz Kill is a Charlotte Bobcat. Thank God he is no longer on the Los Angeles Lakers. Moderators, please move all Buzz Kill related threads to the NBA Talk forum. I'm way over him!

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 03:26 PM

only radmonovic would be happy to leave the lakers for the bobcats

Kind of says it all right there. I wonder if he wore Vans on his flight to Charlotte.

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 03:33 PM

let him be

we got better and younger players in exchange for him its cool stay a bobcat for 3 years

thanks for the memories vlad

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Posted February 10, 2009 - 04:40 PM

he fit perfectly. He was our SF for most of last year and the playoffs where we went to the finals. He did his job...space the floor and pass it into the post and not make stupid passes or plays. He has his moments defensively but he plays hard and definitely a better overall playe than Luke Walton.

He and Phil didn't get along for some reason and well look what happened


Well in his eyes, he wasn't a fit.
I remember being really excited when he came to the Lakers because I knew that he was a great shooter. I don't even remember hating on him either. heh.
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 05:33 PM

Vlad rad couldnt tie Luke's laces. He is more selfish than a young Kobe Bryant by far, because he isnt "an ultimate competitor" by anyone's standards.His last quote was the "icing" on the slope
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Posted February 10, 2009 - 05:40 PM

good luck in charlotte vlad....take care :hi:
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