L.A. Times: The call went out to Vladimir Radmanovic to become the starter again at small forward.
The answer Radmanovic gave the Lakers probably wasn’t what they were looking for Tuesday night against the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
And he’ll probably get the call again, if only because injuries keep taking players from the lineup.
Radmanovic started in place of Luke Walton (sore right foot) and he will be needed even more because forward Lamar Odom went down in the second quarter because of a hyper-extended right knee that will require an MRI today.
For the first 20 games of the regular season, Radmanovic was the starter before he lost his job to Walton.
“It wasn’t strange,” Radmanovic said about starting again. “I just felt like I lost my timing a little bit.” And it showed mightily.
He missed his first shot, a three-pointer. He missed his second shot, a layup, and his third shot, a jumper near the free-throw line, and his fourth, a jumper. He even missed a dunk in the third quarter.