Monday, February 9, 2009
Radmanovic relishes trade to Bobcats
ESPN.com news services
Vladimir Radmanovic acknowledged Monday he had asked for a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I said if there was something to be done, I was open for it," Radmanovic said.
Technicalities kept Radmanovic on the bench Sunday, a day after he was traded from the Lakers to the Charlotte Bobcats.
They didn't keep him from voicing his displeasure over his former team's game plans.
"Being a Laker was a great experience," Radmanovic told The Charlotte Observer before Sunday's 96-92 loss in Miami. "But it was also frustrating not knowing when and how I'd play."
The small forward said the trade that sent him to the Bobcats for forward Adam Morrison and reserve guard Shannon Brown was a blessing in disguise.
"Phil's system, great as it is, doesn't give a role player much opportunity," Radmanovic said. "For Kobe Bryant, it's great. For Pau Gasol, it's great. But role players don't do much.''
In 2½ seasons with the Lakers, Radmanovic started 84 of the 166 games he appeared in, averaging 17.9 minutes, 22.8 and 16.8 in each season starting in 2006-07. Before the trade, the eight-year veteran was averaging 5.9 points per game this season. Radmanovic didn't play more than 14 minutes in any of his final six games as a Laker and totaled five points in his final four games.
"That was a big surprise for me, after starting 20-something games and all of a sudden coming to practice and being told you're not playing anymore even though the team had lost only three games," Radmanovic said. "It was a huge surprise for me in my career."
Radmanovic was not eligible to play against the Heat on Sunday. Radmanovic was in Miami and hoping to play, but the Lakers did not get physicals for Morrison and Brown done, so the deal couldn't be officially complete.
"I just hope it works out for everybody," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said before Sunday's game.
Radmanovic said Monday: "As a player you always want to play. To be on a team like the Lakers, I was willing to sacrifice my minutes, my touches and everything else to be successful and for us to win a championship. Unfortunately it didn't work out."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.