Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  38 responses

Vlad Radmanovic and L.A. Will Not Miss One Another

by Marcel Mutoni

Vlad Rad, the man once famously called a “space cadet” by Phil Jackson, was shipped off to Charlotte over the weekend. The six-foot-ten forward didn’t exactly shed tears when told of the relocation plan.

From the Charlotte Observer:

“Here I’ll do what I do best. Being a Laker was a great experience, but it was also frustrating not knowing when and how I’d play,” Radmanovic said. “Phil’s system, great as it is, doesn’t give a role player much opportunity. For Kobe Bryant, it’s great. For Paul Gasol, it’s great. But role players don’t do much.”

Fair enough, but it might have helped matters if dude wore proper attire for basketball-related activities. So says the OC Register:

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.

I wonder if Larry Brown has ever seen a pair of Vans?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Steve Kerr should read this. A good laugh might be just what he needs.

  • black

    Got my vans on but they look like sneakers.

  • Dubya

    Steve Kerr has lost it. Why would you build a team around a fat 38 year old center instead of an athletic forward who can dominate when given the ball and in transition.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    What’s to miss?

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    Um, Vlad, that’s why they’re called role players.

    I like this guy, but he is stupid.

  • Andy

    Dubya, the key words in your post were “who CAN dominate”, not “who DOES dominate”. Shaq’s been better than Amare this season, and Amare’s never going to learn. As for Vlad Rad, us Europeans admire his eccentricity. Honest.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Vans? Wow.

  • mike

    I guess I would rather have $8 million than Vlad Rad

  • AlbertBarr

    Van Radmonovic (his snowboarding alter ego)

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Bullsh*t. Doesn’t give a role player much opportunity? How about Rick Fox? Ron Harper? AC Green? Robert Horry?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Derek Fisher? Mark f*cking Madsen. You thrive ANYWHERE if you’re a good role player. If all you can do is hoist jumpers and be a horrible defensive player, what do you expect?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    The key is “knowing your role” and being good at it. You tell me Steve Kerr didn’t etch his name into immortality as a role player? Luc Longley? Don’t sodding blame the system if you just plain suck. Geez.

  • http://fdjslkf.com Jukai

    Co-sign Joel, but calm down a bit. Take a deep breath and splash some water on your face. It’s not a big deal.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Larry Brown turned Boris Diaw, somebody everyone considers lazy, into a solid contributor. Vlad-Rad will have no problems here.

  • Mendel

    Lakers are sending the Vans crodd country

  • tenorca

    A turd for two turds trade. The Bobcats are becoming the weirdest collection of rejects since…last year’s Grizzlies.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Someone please let me know when the Cats decide to part with Okafor for 10 cents on the dollar. Until then….meh.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long


  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Haha roger that, Jukai. It’s just that Vlad Rad “guarding” PP last June still haunts me in my dreams.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Sodding…. I bloody love that word

  • http://itsadcthing.blogspot.com Squad

    who’s that euro dude fading into obscurity? oh, vlad…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper


  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    booooooring, he should cut himself slicing an apple or something to make himself relevant

  • solito

    Memo to Radmanovic, Jaric, and fellow air heads from that side of the adriatic sea: At least Toni Kukoc won a few championships (NBA and Euro) before he bought a big yacht and cruised the mediteranian sea! To much personality, not enough character!

  • jay

    this tells us only one thing…his sense of humor is above all.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Sorry, BET but Vlad = Garbage.
    Though, I guess Morrison = probably Garbage?

  • T Money

    I wonder if Pau and Sasha Fierce are letting out his room…


    Watching every Suns game the only reason Shaq has looked better than Amare is because he has everything built around him to look good. The put Amare into horrible positions to succeed. The Suns are a better TEAM when they base everything off of Amare….Not shaq. Steve Kerr is just an idiot tryin to make his mistake not look as bad.

  • Bro D.

    ATTN L.A. fans: Adam Morrison is possibly the worst wing player drafted in recent years. Those of you who think he or Brown might contribute and therefore got the better end of this deal are sadly mistaken. Carry on.

  • donlaker

    Good luck olivia newton radmonivich , larry brown will like your defensive intensity…
    he sure liked how a. morrison cut his jesus hair
    and made sure the bench was always warm
    can i say ira newble part 2 for both teams

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/02/whats-my-name-21 John

    one weak defensive inconsistent jump shooting cry baby 4 another

  • http://am570radio.com kb 4 mvp

    no one in la is expecting them 2 do sh*t it free’s 8 million bucks for ariza and lo who are free agents next year, mitch kupcheck is a great gm i trust what he does, he’s gotten a lot of crap for a lot of years but he’s accepted now, he does a great job

  • ktokyo

    The Pack would be proud.

  • lilblue4rmthaO

    U ninja’s is crazy to u think amare is tha guy to build a squad around-He’s solid but what do you do with all that skill and no D or leadership? Not make the playoffs-Kerr already bucced up only thing to do is trade what you can get and start over-Suns wont see a championship in tha next 5 years blame it on AZ lol Lakers takin it dis year hands down who can stop tha KB24 but himself- Omaha,NeBlastya Norfside!!!

  • tk tuff

    I wonder what vlad calls sasha vujacic or trevor ariza? They r role players havin really good spurts n phils system. A role player finds his place n offense. His only role was to hit 3′s when the ball was swung. He couldn’t even do that, n nikes let alone vans smh

  • Eoin

    Can we make a rule that nobody who calls Pau Paul can be taken seriously ever again?

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    lilblue4rmthaO, are you a computer internet gangster? If so, I’m slightly concerned.

  • LilBlue4rmthaO

    @ Ill Will So… let me get this rite u come on a blog bout Vlad and tha mighty Lakers but u got my name in yo trout mouf-Yall smell homo