Vladimir Radmanovic Rumors

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Vladimir Radmanovic
Vladimir Radmanovic
Position: None
Born: 11/19/80
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:233 lbs. / 106.1 kg.
He was one of the Bulls’ first offseason acquisitions and coach Tom Thibodeau said early in camp that he had big plans for the 11-year forward, so there would seem to be something more than what’s on the surface, but Thibodeau downplayed that Thursday. “I want to make sure he’s ready,’’ Thibodeau said. “We’ll see how it unfolds. He’s a good pro, comes in and gets his work done. He knows what he’s trying to get accomplished. I do want to see him some at the three, which I haven’t done yet, but I have a pretty good idea of what he could do.’’ It’s the “make sure he’s ready’’ part that seems to be the key. Radmanovic admitted that Camp Thibodeau is a lot more work than advertised, and he might need to play catch-up physically before those minutes are given.
Management will say its financial decisions are cloaked in basketball reasons. With Rose out until likely March, next season is a treading-water season. So instead of depth being the secondary star, the Bulls hope to add a legitimate one alongside Rose. With Hinrich, Belinelli, Radmanovic and Mohammed all signing short-term deals, the plan to clear major salary-cap space in 2014 will remain intact. That’s also when Luol Deng’s contract expires, Nikola Mirotic could come over from Real Madrid and Carlos Boozer likely will be a victim of the amnesty provision.
As first reported by Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s David Kaplan, the Bulls will sign veteran forward Vladimir Radmanovic to a one-year contract, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Radmanovic, a 6-foot-10 sharpshooter, gives the Bulls an added dimension of a “stretch” power forward, though he wouldn’t bring the physicality and defensive presence the Bulls could potentially lose if they choose not to match an eventual offer sheet for backup center Omer Asik from the Rockets.
How does it feel to be part of Basketball Without Borders? Vladimir Radmanovic: Well, it’s a good feeling to be part of something like this. Every chance I get to participate in things like this, Basketball Without Borders, it’s a good thing. Helping young players develop their game and their skill set, it’s a win-win. What is it like working with Dikembe Mutombo? He has been all over the place and is very well-recognized as an NBA ambassador. I’ve been with him on a couple trips and it’s always a good experience.
HAWKS.COM: You’ve gotten to the NBA Finals. What was the experience like and how can you help this team get there? RADMANOVIC: I had a chance to experience being on a team that competed for the championship at the level where every night when you walk out you feel like you’re going to beat the team that you’re playing against. That feeling is priceless. That’s something that, as a player, no matter how many minutes you play, no matter what your role is on the team, when you know you can step up and beat any team, that’s just the ultimate feeling. Obviously, I was with the Lakers when we lost in the Finals (2007-08, they lost 4-2 to Boston). That’s one of the worst feelings in the world, getting to the end and not being able to accomplish your goals. It’s tough. When you see that team celebrating, your whole world just breaks down. You go deep in the Playoffs, you get into June, your legs are out, you’re giving your last source of energy and you just can’t do it. It’s like running away from a lion but in the end you don’t escape that lion. He catches you. That’s basically the feeling that you have.
HAWKS.COM: The Hawks began another long road trip (five games in eight days, starting Feb. 14 in Los Angeles). How have you dealt with the crazy road trips this season, especially that last crazy 10-day, five-city trip? RADMANOVIC: You know what? The longer you’re in this league the shorter the days are. It was a 10-day road trip but it didn’t really feel like that for me. I’m here by myself. So not having anything to look forward to come back home probably makes things easier. For me, being on the road or being at home, is pretty much the same thing. HAWKS.COM: Atlanta won four of five on the last road trip. Is it easier to fly so much when you’re winning? RADMANOVIC: Winning makes life easier. Even when you feel miserable, as long as you win the game, you forget about your misery. Losing just exaggerates things, though. I’ve been on winning teams. I’ve been on losing teams. I can tell you, when you’re on a winning team it’s a really short season. When you’re on a losing team that season kind of stretches. Even though you don’t get in the Playoffs, it feels like you’ve played for five years because you can’t get a win.
With that in mind, official Warriors hypeman Franco Finn recently sat down with Vlad Rad to talk about this years nominated films and performances. Sadly, it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit to find the NBA’s version of Roger Ebert. Because while Vlad could appreciate the twists of “Inception” and “Black Swan” and the authenticity of the ridiculous Boston accents in “The Town” (and even seems to think everyone in a single movie is eligible for the Best Supporting Actor statuette), he found “The Social Network” to be little more than an interesting story with subpar acting and direction. That’s hogwash, naturally, because when everyone heard about the idea for the film it was laughed away as some stupid studio’s attempt to cash in on a popular website. That the film worked at all is a tribute to the serious talents of director David Fincher, writer Aaron Sorkin, and the excellent cast. It’s not all bad for Vlad, though, because he seems to have endless stories about Ronny Turiaf(notes) and his love of animated features. Which isn’t surprising, when you think about it, since Ronny’s always seemed like a better fit for a cartoon world than our own.
The Warriors have now lost 10 of their past 11 games. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic thinks the skid has as much to do with the team’s poor practice habits as its tough schedule. He shared as much with his teammates Monday and filled the media in on his message a day later. “We’re struggling right now, and we need to find ways to get back to a winning streak,” Radmanovic said. “After being in the league for 10 years and playing on teams that have won and teams that have lost, I have experienced what it takes to win. Bottom line: You have to come to practice and work on aspects of your game that are not clicking.”
Radmanovic started all 21 games during the Lakers’ championship run in 2008. He said he started to notice the Warriors’ slacking in practice right about the time their slump began. “Nobody likes to practice,” Radmanovic said. “We all wish we could just play in games, because that’s where it’s fun. No practice, no game. That’s the message I was trying to say to the guys.” The post-practice message was met with mostly knowing nods, but Monta Ellis took exception to the speech. After a quick retort, the guard said “Forget it.” “I understand that there are a few guys who are playing a lot of minutes, and it’s hard for them to come to practice and stay motivated,” Radmanovic said. “At the same time, those are the guys who are carrying this team, and we’re all depending on their success to win games.”
Suspect as a rebounder because of his build and still trying to develop more variety offensively to complement his undeniable shot-blocking ability, Wright will be a restricted free agent at season’s end if he’s not moved by the Warriors first. There aren’t any strong signals that anything’s imminent, but this much we know: The 23-year-old belongs with Dan Gadzuric and Vladimir Radmanovic on list of Golden State “gettables.”