Newest Bobcat likes trade
Radmanovic says Lakers system isn't good for role players.
New Charlotte Bobcat Vladimir Radmanovic made it clear Sunday night he welcomed his trade because he felt so underutilized playing for Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
“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 told the Observer before Sunday's game against Miami.
“Phil's system, great as it is, doesn't give a role player much opportunity. For Kobe Bryant, it's great. For Pau Gasol, it's great. But role players don't do much.”
The Bobcats touted Radmanovic's versatility in the front-court as a major reason to make this deal, which sent Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown to the Lakers. The Bobcats added more than $8million in future payroll to acquire him.
Asked about that versatility, Radmanovic said he's equally comfortable playing power or small forward.
“I've been playing 3 and 4 my whole career,” he said. “Obviously I'm a little quicker than most 6-10 guys, so I can guard smaller players.”