Fined and ridiculed after injuring himself while snowboarding last season, reserve forward is off to a good start in his bid for atonement.
L.A. Times: After being little more than a punch line last season, Vladimir Radmanovic is trying to punch back.
Ridiculed nationwide for his ill-conceived snowboarding excursion during last season’s All-Star break, Radmanovic had his best game with the Lakers on Friday in Phoenix, scoring a team-high 19 points and hitting all four of his three-point attempts.
He followed it up with nine points Sunday against Utah.
The key for him, as usual, will be consistency.
“Vlade has those kind of nights,” Coach Phil Jackson said, referring to Radmanovic’s outburst against Phoenix. “You just hope that it’s that kind of night more often. Instead of once or twice a month, you hope for once or twice a week.”
Radmanovic, 26, had only one or two all last season.
He was slowed by a sprained ligament in his right hand before last season began and was later called a “space cadet” by Jackson after failing to grasp the nuances of the triangle offense.
Then came Park City.
Radmanovic became talk-radio material for days after coming back from the Utah ski resort in February with a separated right shoulder that he initially claimed was caused by slipping on a patch of ice while crossing the street.