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#1 MDI

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 09:43 AM

After trade from Lakers, Radmanovic comes into his own with Charlotte

Last month, the Lakers acquired Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown from the Charlotte Bobcats for Radmanovic. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson says he is missed.


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Reporting from Charlotte, N.C. -- Ahhh, Charlotte, where worlds collide and careers are changed forever.

Well, at least for Adam Morrison and Vladimir Radmanovic.

Last month, the Lakers acquired Morrison and Shannon Brown from the Charlotte Bobcats for Radmanovic, a move that saved the Lakers about $17 million in salary and luxury taxes.

Radmanovic was vilified by fans while playing for the Lakers because of his inconsistency, but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Monday that Radmanovic was missed by the team.

"He's a qualified player. He can do things, he's going to have an impact on ballgames," Jackson said. "We miss him, there's no doubt about it. But that's it -- water under the bridge, you move on."


Radmanovic will play for sure tonight against the Lakers because he has solidified a spot in the Bobcats' rotation as a reserve.

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Radmanovic has seen his statistics go up with an increase in playing time. He is averaging 9.3 points and 22 minutes a game, up from the 5.9 points and 16.8 minutes he was averaging with the Lakers this season.

Morrison, on the other hand, has scored 10 points in five games with the Lakers.

Morrison said he was getting more comfortable with the Lakers' offense, but wouldn't be pushing Jackson to get into tonight's game.

"I don't mess with Phil," he said.

If he did enter the game, what would be the reaction of Bobcats fans?

"It's hard to say," Morrison said. "Hopefully it's kind but if not, I'll understand, I guess."

Morrison averaged 11.8 points a game as a rookie but missed last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He averaged 4.5 points a game this season with the Bobcats before being traded.
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The Bobcats are 5-4 against the Lakers since their 2004 inception, including a 117-110 double-overtime victory at Staples Center in January.

Furthermore, the Bobcats (33-40) have played well while pursuing the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, winning 11 of their last 16 games.

And, by the way, the Lakers have lost four of their last five games against the Bobcats.

Easy victory tonight? Not necessarily.

The Lakers could use a pick-me-up after an 86-76 loss Sunday in Atlanta, but . . .

"They play us very, very tough," Kobe Bryant said of the Bobcats. "They're very physical, very quick at all positions. They're long at all positions. They really get up when they face us."


http://www.latimes.c...0,1056572.story

Edited by MDI, March 31, 2009 - 09:46 AM.

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 09:51 AM

Vindication for Vladi right there.

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 09:54 AM

he was our best 3 point shooter and he was top 10 in the league when he was here

our only consistent 3 point threat was traded away

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 10:51 AM

Wonder if him an a couple of our players will hang out after the game...

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 10:54 AM

this game scared me the most on this trip, i think losing the last game might have helped us though...knocked some sense into these guys, and i don't think kobe will have another off night

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 10:58 AM

I've been looking forward to a Sasha-Radman matchup for awhile. Hopefully we get it tonight.
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Posted March 31, 2009 - 11:15 AM

What about Brown and Morrison coming back ? Can we expect from them to make an impact against their former team ?

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 11:26 AM

What about Brown and Morrison coming back ? Can we expect from them to make an impact against their former team ?


Phil won't play them unless we're up 20 or down 20 late in the 4th

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 06:53 PM

http://www.latimes.c...0,1056572.story


I've been wondering when someone was going to say this. Vlad Rad's a good player. As has been pointed out, he was a top 10 three point threat, which is now totally missing from the team. His game was becoming well rounded. Now the Laker's depth seems to have evaporated and he could be a key piece, even the difference between winning the title and not. I wonder if the money Buss saved with the trade is as much as another championship would bring in? Maybe not such a shrewd move.

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 06:57 PM

We shipped out the wrong shooter...

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 07:00 PM

We shipped out the wrong shooter...


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Posted March 31, 2009 - 07:08 PM

:( i miss radmannn

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 07:10 PM

[expletive] Vladi's caveman [expletive]

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 07:11 PM

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Posted March 31, 2009 - 10:52 PM

I miss three things about him: his three point shots, his position at the three spot, and his three-step dunks.

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Posted April 01, 2009 - 05:13 AM

and his three-step dunks.


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Posted April 01, 2009 - 07:26 AM

Well, I miiss his Space Cadet-esque antics that's for sure...

Other than that, no.
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Posted April 01, 2009 - 09:35 AM

true but they didnt do it because of skill selection. this was a finance trade. radmon was traded to save money in luxury tax penalties. I'm not saying that I agree with the decision either. Just making the point the trade was about $.

We shipped out the wrong shooter...


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Posted April 01, 2009 - 11:58 AM

That shot that rolled up his body was ridiculous!!!!

Nonetheless we do see what we are losing without Vlady but we just gotta move on.

Our Bench has played terrible but we do got Andrew coming back!! :dance1:

ANdrew off the bench or starting is gonna help the bench mob either way.

Drew Starting means Lamar and Trevor goes back to the bench. Trevor too because with Pau and Drew there you need a playmaker Luke will start

Drew off the bench will be a consistent defensive force. No offense DJ but if I see you fumble or throw the ball away again I will shoot myself

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Posted April 01, 2009 - 12:01 PM

i miss vladi daddy alot. :(




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