Kevin Ding dives into problems that Radman brought to the Lakers. An interesting insight…

O.C. Register: He wore Vans for practice.

That was Vladimir Radmanovic’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 didn’t wear basketball shoes. He wore Vans – the low-top, slip-on kind of sneakers favored by skateboarders and, yes, snowboarders.

Seriously.

Or not seriously … because what undermined Radmanovic, 28, in every attempt to make his mark as a Laker was a lack of seriousness about his profession. That’s why the Lakers were thrilled to unload his contract to spend more freely this offseason in trying to re-sign Trevor Ariza.

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  • KING-BQ1981

    Good move…. we dont need playersd like this.

    We have to keep Ariza and LO! So get rid off pppl like radman!

  • http://getgarnett.com golakers75

    not needed. vlad played hard when he played, and did not complain publicly when he was bench.. this guy should shut his mouth, i thank vlad for what he gave to the lakers. helped them to the finals. vlad class act, good player, i will miss him, just not his contract.

  • Heron

    I wish we still had the guy, but it’s understandable if we want to keep Ariza and Odom. The vans bit had me in stiches, and wish there was a picture. I will miss our caveman and will always remember his dance in MSG. Long live VLAD!!!

  • Tamira

    He was EXTREMELY professional in public and showed no signs of erratic behavior towards the media or the fans. Plus, he’s always doing charity work for his country. I’ve never met him in person, but besides for his snowboarding accident, he’s brought upon a positive image of himself. He’s been my favorite Laker and it’s really sad to see him go. He’ll be missed!!

  • Jay D

    yeah vlad was a good representation of the lakers franchise with his charitable work, and he never seemed out of line. I understand why we traded him, but I do wish him the best, he was a pretty cool player.

  • Michael_23

    I knew it was more of an attitude problem than skill thing. But I have to admint, Vlad has had some big games when he started. I’m glad LO acted very professional about his role since the season started. This is a 9 man rotation without Bynum in the mix. Morisson, Brown, Yue, and DJ are the odd men out of the mix.

    It’s not right to have a high paid player on the bench too much. It’s understandable as a business move. Best wishes to him and his charity work.

  • sketch

    kevin ding,

    that’s not unprofessional what vlad-suck did…he was just tryin to go skateboardin like how he went snowboardin last time! hopefully he’ll fall on his ass and crack his coccyx (his butt bone)!

    so glad to be rid of his stupid contract and his no-game game on the court! just hope that morrison and brown will be able to play at a competitive level!

  • west818

    [Comment ID #61430 Will Be Quoted Here]

    go fuk urself fukin red neck. i wish ur family dies i wane eat ur children beitch. STFU

  • 123kid

    all vlad had to do was shut his mouth and do what hez told. he was close to gettin a ring this year, but not he has to start from scratch.

  • Count Bogdan

    Wow! What a hateful guy this Kevin Ding is. Rad certainly had his issues and was overpaid, but come one, no need to burn him alive. The Lakers didn’t need to keep paying him for sitting on the bench, and that’s about all. Why skewer him like this? He was a classy guy in public but his skill set and mentality didn’t fit the team. Period. Ironically, this writer seems more unprofessional than the subject.

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    The following statement pasted by Mr. Ding;

    “For now, this trade is all about dumping Radmanovic, who will be remembered most for two misadventures with the Lakers: He violated his contract – and then lied about it before coming clean – by going snowboarding for the first time over the 2007 All-Star weekend and separating his shooting shoulder.
    …(He still has a bizarre misalignment in his frame – one shoulder far higher than the other – from the incident, for which the Lakers fined him $500,000 but would’ve been better off voiding his contract.)”

    Only proves how this Holier-Than-Thou Ding bat goes around pasting his contemptuous misconstrued rhetoric, with an obvious propensity towards character assassinations; for all the Stupider-Than-Thou Ding bats to follow and revel in!
    …Only a bigger fool would follow in the footsteps of a Ding-Ding such as this!

  • sketch

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    I don’t wish your family death because it has nothin to do with them. I don’t even wish you to die, but I do wish you never to populate this world with any of your offsprings you dumbass mother fcuker!

    818 area code, where the fcuk you from burbank or glendale or some $hit like that? why don’t you STFU and stay under the fcukin rock in which your mom gave birth to you from you stupid fcukin hermit! leave the comments to be posted by real fans with real opinions A$$hole! Lol!

  • sK

    Kevin Ding is struggling.

  • FarmarAllStar

    Kevin Ding .. I dont think we need to go there. Vlads just upset he knows this team is going to win it all.

  • the ape

    i don’t think hateful is the word for this article. there was really no attack on vlad as a person. while vlad may have good qualities – as i’m sure he does, such as his involvement with the community, etc. it was a fact that he didn’t seem to take his basketball with the lakers too seriously. and i think what ding did was point that out using the literary license given to a writer. nothing in his article was even close to slanderous.

  • T-Dub

    Now, all the Lakers have to do is get rid of Fluke and I’ll be happy!

  • roscoe

    [Comment ID #61520 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Not really, this article is definitely spun to get a negative response towards Vlade. Why else would he have written it this way?

    “or now, this trade is all about dumping Radmanovic, who will be remembered most for two misadventures with the Lakers: He violated his contract – and then lied about it before coming clean – by going snowboarding for the first time over the 2007 All-Star weekend and separating his shooting shoulder.
    (He still has a bizarre misalignment in his frame – one shoulder far higher than the other – from the incident, for which the Lakers fined him $500,000 but would’ve been better off voiding his contract.)
    Then last June, Radmanovic consistently failed to stay in front of Boston’s Paul Pierce, the eventual NBA Finals MVP.”

    He could have said Vlade will be remembered for two things. Snowboarding in Park City and the charitable work he did around the city of LA. But no, he only mentions negatives in this article. It’s a terribly written article either way.

  • the ape

    yes, it was negative – because the writer does have a negative view of vlade. but it wasn’t hateful. it was a negative spin, true. but nothing in there that was a lie or anything like that.

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Eh, ape;
    …Read the article again, only this time; listen carefully to the words and the sarcasm that is being expressed, but if you still, truly wish to believe this article is non-hateful, then you must truly be from the Stone Age!