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Vladimir Radmanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Радмановић; born November 19, 1980) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player.

Vladimir Radmanović
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Radmanović with the Warriors in March 2011
Personal information
Born (1980-11-19) November 19, 1980 (age 38)
Trebinje, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1997–2013
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Number7, 77, 10
Career history
1997–2001Crvena zvezda
2001FMP
20012006Seattle SuperSonics
2006Los Angeles Clippers
20062009Los Angeles Lakers
2009Charlotte Bobcats
20092011Golden State Warriors
2011–2012Atlanta Hawks
2012–2013Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points5,879 (8.0 ppg)
Rebounds2,784 (3.8 rpg)
Assists998 (1.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

In Serbia he played for Crvena zvezda and FMP and in the National Basketball Association (NBA) he was a member of the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls.

Radmanović also represented his national team most notably at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

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Early lifeEdit

Radmanović was born into a Serb family in the eastern Herzegovinian city of Trebinje in SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia where his father Stevan (a JNA colonel) was stationed at the time.[1] His family originates however from the Dalmatian coastal town of Zadar in Croatia. Radmanović grew up in various locales dictated by the requirements of his father's profession.[1]

Pre-NBA careerEdit

In Yugoslavia, Radmanović played basketball for KK Crvena zvezda and KK FMP. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, Radmanović played at the Nike Hoop Summit in Tampa for which he was called up during the regular season.

He entered the NBA in 2001.

NBA careerEdit

Seattle SuperSonicsEdit

Radmanović was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics as the 12th pick of 2001 NBA draft. Although consistent throughout his first two seasons, Radmanović became a candidate for the NBA Most Improved Player Award in the 2003–04 season, when he averaged 12 points and 5.3 rebounds per game mostly as a sixth man. He established himself as a respectable three-point shooter, making around 40% of his attempts.

He was integral to the Sonics' success in the 2004–05 season as a sixth man. He averaged 11.8 points per game and 4.6 rebounds, helping the Sonics win their first-round playoff matchup against the Sacramento Kings. On January 26, 2005, he made a career-high 8 three-point field goals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

After the 2004–05 season, Radmanović turned down a six-year, $42 million contract offer to re-sign with the Sonics, and instead decided to sign a one-year deal, making him an unrestricted free agent after next season.

He was nicknamed "Broadway Joe" by SuperSonics announcer Kevin Calabro, after his resemblance to NFL quarterback Joe Namath.

Los Angeles ClippersEdit

After voicing his frustration for not being a starter, on February 14, 2006, Radmanović was traded from the SuperSonics to the Los Angeles Clippers for power forward Chris Wilcox.[2]

The change of venue greatly improved his performance. Radmanović averaged 10.7 ppg, a career-best averages of 5.7 rpg and 2.1 apg, while shooting 41.8% of his three-pointers.

Los Angeles LakersEdit

On July 13, 2006, Radmanović signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[3] Although he was believed to be a lock to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers (he at first accepted their offer at an estimated $31M over five years), he changed his mind after being promised a starting job with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although the Lakers were offering the same amount of money as Clippers, Radmanović was persuaded to join the team by Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Magic Johnson and his good friend, Vlade Divac, who were all convinced his shooting and playing opportunities would greatly increase in the Lakers' triangle offense. Jackson has also called Vladimir a "space cadet" and "my favorite Martian" in reference to his being out of position and taking wild three point shots.[4] He was also referred to as "Vlad Rad."[5] He started all 21 games in the 2007–08 Playoffs for the Lakers, and was high scorer for one game and high rebounder for several games.

Snowboarding injuryEdit

On February 18, 2007, Radmanović told the Lakers that he had separated his shoulder, when he fell on a patch of ice in Park City, Utah the day before, during the weekend of the 2007 NBA All-Star Game and would be out for approximately eight weeks.[6]

However, on February 23, 2007, Radmanović revealed that he had actually hurt himself in a fall while snowboarding.[7] Radmanović's Lakers contract banned him from taking part in activities that involve significant risk of injury, including skiing and snowboarding.[7] An NBA league source said that voiding the contract would be extremely unlikely, with a suspension or fine more likely.[7] This proved to be true, as he was fined $500,000 for lying about the injury.

Later NBA careerEdit

On February 7, 2009, Radmanović was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for forward Adam Morrison and guard Shannon Brown.[8] Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said Radmanović would likely play both small and power forward.[9]

On November 16, 2009, Radmanović was traded to the Golden State Warriors along with Raja Bell in exchange for Stephen Jackson and Acie Law.[10]

On December 9, 2011, Radmanović was signed by the Atlanta Hawks.[11] In the Hawks' first game of the season on December 26, 2011, Radmanović scored 17 points with four steals and five assists in 27 minutes.[12]

On July 19, 2012, Radmanović signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.[13]

In October 2013, Radmanović announced his retirement. After 12 seasons in the NBA as a stretch 4, he shot 37.8 percent from 3 and averaged 8.0 points.[14]

International careerEdit

Radmanović's first taste of international play was when he won the European Championship for Men '22 and Under' in 1998 with the FR Yugoslavia youth team.

Radmanović then went on to play for the senior team of FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro at three major tournaments.

2002 World ChampionshipEdit

Radmanović was set to debut for the senior national team at the 2001 EuroBasket but he turned down a call-up from coach Svetislav Pešić in order to focus on preparing to enter the NBA.[15]

Radmanović made his debut for the senior side at the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis where Yugoslavia won gold. Radmanović (and his Seattle team mate Predrag Drobnjak) did not see many minutes at the tournament, entering the court in only three games. During half-time of the semifinals against New Zealand in which the favored Yugoslavia was losing, coach Svetislav Pešić angrily ostracized Radmanović from the team because Radmanović was eating a banana in the change room while Pešić was giving instructions.[16] Radmanović watched the rest of the game from the stands while Yugoslavia won in an uncertain finish. Radmanović didn't play in the final against Argentina either as Yugoslavia won 84–77. After the final, there was another controversy at the podium during the medal ceremony as Pešić instructed Aleksandar Smiljanić (who was on the preliminary roster but did not make the final cut) to put on Radmanović's jersey and to receive a medal instead of Radmanović. Radmanović later called the tournament a "big life experience" for him.[17]

2004 OlympicsEdit

Radmanović skipped out on the 2003 EuroBasket[18] but he did take part in the 2004 Olympic tournament where Serbia and Montenegro was eliminated in the preliminary round.

Radmanović was coming out of an excellent season with Seattle and the return of Željko Obradović as national team head coach brought back enthusiasm to both players and fans alike. Radmanović played an excellent first game at the tournament, scoring 21 points against Argentina but an unbelievable last-second shot from Manu Ginóbili defeated the Serbia and Montenegro side by a score of 83–82. In the next game, Serbia and Montenegro defeated future silver medalist Italy but the next few games after that were debacles. Namely, Serbia and Montenegro lost against New Zealand, Spain and in the end against China in the game that would have advanced them further. Radmanović's minutes and contribution decreased as the tournament progressed. Serbia and Montenegro ended up defeating Angola in the classification game for 11th place held in Athens. The 11th place finish was the worst in the country's Olympic basketball history.

2005 EuroBasketEdit

Radmanović participated at the 2005 EuroBasket.

The 2005 EuroBasket held in Serbia and Montenegro ended up being the last international tournament Radmanović would take part in. In the deciding game against France, Radmanović went 4/5 from the three-point line but coach Obradović subbed him off the court when the game was being decided. Serbia and Montenegro lost that game 74–71 and bowed out of the tournament in the play-off round of the knockout stage.[19] In four games played, Radmanović averaged 9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. After their poor outing at the tournament, coach Obradović accused a few players for an irresponsible approach to the national team.[20]

Prior to EuroBasket 2007, Radmanović said that he "won't accept a call-up only to sit on the bench and watch others play."[21]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Seattle 61 16 20.2 .412 .420 .681 3.8 1.3 .9 .4 6.7
2002–03 Seattle 72 16 26.5 .410 .355 .706 4.5 1.3 .9 .3 10.1
2003–04 Seattle 77 38 30.1 .425 .371 .748 5.3 1.8 1.04 .5 12.0
2004–05 Seattle 63 0 29.5 .409 .389 .786 4.6 1.4 .9 .5 11.8
2005–06 Seattle 47 16 23.2 .401 .367 .887 4.0 1.5 .7 .3 9.3
2005–06 L.A. Clippers 30 11 29.5 .417 .418 .731 5.7 2.1 .97 .5 10.7
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 55 15 17.9 .424 .339 .726 3.3 1.2 .5 .3 6.6
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 65 41 22.8 .453 .406 .800 3.3 1.9 .7 .2 8.4
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 46 28 16.8 .444 .441 .852 2.5 .8 .6 .2 5.9
2008–09 Charlotte 32 3 21.1 .401 .357 .645 3.3 1.3 .6 .3 8.3
2009–10 Charlotte 8 0 16.6 .333 .318 .667 3.6 .9 .4 .1 4.9
2009–10 Golden State 33 20 23.0 .385 .267 .762 4.5 1.2 .8 .2 6.6
2010–11 Golden State 74 6 15.8 .431 .405 .882 2.9 1.1 .6 .6 5.1
2011–12 Atlanta 49 3 15.4 .376 .370 .759 2.9 1.1 .4 .3 4.5
2012–13 Chicago 25 0 5.8 .302 .185 .667 1.1 .3 .3 .2 1.3
Career 737 213 21.9 .415 .378 .758 3.8 1.4 .7 .4 8.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Seattle 5 2 22.6 .438 .538 1.000 3.6 1.0 .2 .2 7.6
2005 Seattle 6 0 20.3 .371 .238 .500 3.0 .5 .7 .5 5.3
2006 L.A. Clippers 12 2 20.5 .470 .463 .696 4.0 1.1 .6 .5 8.1
2008 L.A. Lakers 21 21 22.9 .444 .372 .833 3.8 1.5 .6 .0 8.0
2012 Atlanta 2 0 7.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .5 .0 .0 .0
2013 Chicago 1 0 10.0 1.000 1.000 .000 .0 1.0 2.0 .0 9.0
Career 47 25 21.0 .440 .396 .735 3.5 1.1 .6 .2 7.3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b New York Times (March 13, 2005). "A Flight to Safety, Then a Flight to a New Life". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Clippers Acquire Radmanovic". NBA.com. February 14, 2006. Archived from the original on August 30, 2006. Retrieved August 15, 2009.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  3. ^ Lakers Sign Vladimir Radmanovic
  4. ^ More Kind Words from Phil | NBA Blog - The FanHouse
  5. ^ Kobe Now on Bynum's Team | Sports | Basketball | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California
  6. ^ "LAKERS FORWARD VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC SUFFERS SEPARATED SHOULDER". Lakers.com. February 18, 2007. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2007.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  7. ^ a b c Bresnahan, Mike (February 23, 2007). "Radmanovic lied to Lakers about injury". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2007.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  8. ^ "Bobcats Acquire Vladimir Radmanovic from Los Angeles Lakers". NBA.com. February 7, 2009. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ Lakers swap Radmanovic for Morrison
  10. ^ Warriors trade Jackson to Bobcats
  11. ^ HAWKS SIGN VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC
  12. ^ http://www.nba.com/playerfile/vladimir_radmanovic/
  13. ^ "Bulls sign free agent forward Vladimir Radmanovic". NBA.com. July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  14. ^ Report: Vladimir Radmanovic is retiring
  15. ^ FOS Media (January 13, 2019). "Vlada Banana" (in Serbian). Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Glas javnosti (September 12, 2002). "Pešićeva osveta od zlata" (in Serbian). Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  17. ^ B92 (January 2, 2003). "Radmanović: Indijanapolis je životno iskustvo za mene" (in Serbian). Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  18. ^ ESPN.com (September 11, 2003). "At Eurobasket, Peja's team can't deliver". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  19. ^ B92 (October 16, 2005). "I Radmanović "otvorio" dušu" (in Serbian). Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  20. ^ B92.net: Eurobasket 2005
  21. ^ B92 (February 19, 2007). "Radmanović: Dolazim, ako ću igrati" (in Serbian). Retrieved February 10, 2019.

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