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L.A. Times: Of all the Lakers who wanted to forget the way last season ended, Vladimir Radmanovic was near the top of the heap.
Lampooned for his ill-advised snowboarding excursion during last season’s All-Star break, Radmanovic’s soreness went beyond a separated shoulder.
He was talk-radio fodder for weeks after coming back from Park City, Utah, with his right arm in a sling and a similarly flimsy excuse in tow (he said he slipped on a patch of ice while crossing the street).
He ultimately came clean, admitted he lied to his coaches, and was fined $500,000 while sitting out almost two months as his shoulder healed, the extension of an already unbecoming first season with the Lakers.
He showed next to nothing after signing a five-year, $30.2-million contract, averaging 6.6 points in 55 regular-season games, career lows in both categories.
He was slowed by a sprained ligament in his right (shooting) hand during the exhibition season, and then Coach Phil Jackson got on him in December, calling him a “space cadet” because he was failing to grasp the intricacies of the triangle offense.