Vladimir Radmanovic Wore Vans To Final Lakers Practice Before Being Traded

In Case You Were Wondering Why The Lakers Got Rid of Radmanovic, He Practiced In Vans

2/9/09 in NBA   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I know that many of you, including myself, were somewhat confused by the Lakers dealing Vladimir Radmanovic to the Charlotte Bobcats for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown this weekend.

At face value, the trade makes little sense. Radmanovic actually spent the beginning of the season starting for the Lakers and was shooting 44% from 3-point range on the season. His time on the floor had been drastically reduced of late, but still, the man can hit from long range. That's something that's always valuable. Meanwhile, Morrison and Brown will be lucky to ever see the floor outside of garbage time as members of the Lakers.

But apparently LA loved this deal, and after getting the back story on it, I'm starting to understand why. Some of you may be aware that Radmanovic is a bit of a serious space cadet, and never is that more apparent than in this little anecdote.

Apparently, the straw that broke the Lakers back was the fact that Radmanovic showed up to practice last week in Vans, and practiced in them. Vans are low-top, slip-on sneakers favored by skateboarders and snowboarders. They look like this.

Needless to say, these aren't exactly the kind of shoes you want to be wearing when you show up for an NBA practice, or even a pick-up game at the park.

Radmanovic also had that infamous incident in 2007 when he spent the All-Star break going snowboarding, which he was forbidden from doing so in his contract, and separated his shoulder in the process. The Lakers wound up fining him $500,000 for that boneheaded move.

Anyhow, this move allowed the Lakers to shed the next two years and $13.4 million due Radmanovic, which they apparently will use to try and resign Trevor Ariza. Let's just hope Ariza doesn't show up one day to practice wearing Vans.

Radmanovic traded: It must be the shoes [Graney and the Pig's blog]
Radmanovic was serious problem for the Lakers [
Orange County Register]
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2/10/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Or maybe it was because all he could do is shoot the 3-ball and be mainly invisible on defense while eating up a large salary.  I will miss the 3 point shooting, but at least now we get this wonderful 70's porn stache.

Ron Jeremy was later heard saying "I'm not impressed"

2/10/09   |   vikranttemkar

hiiiiiiiiiiiiii

2/10/09   |   mikeyintheoc   |   55 respect

LOL the snowboard incident, what was he lie again that he slipped on Ice. Phil at one point called him " My favorite Martian"

2/9/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Michael_Luchies wrote:
wow vans to play basketball....that's like C.C. Sabathia trying to pitch wearing a Sombrero, or Favre playing in wrangler jeans

Wait, I'm lost.  Are Vans the national shoe of Serbia?

2/9/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

wow vans to play basketball....that's like C.C. Sabathia trying to pitch wearing a Sombrero, or Favre playing in wrangler jeans

2/9/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

And we traded this guy away?  I want him back.  I want to see him play a game in Vans.

2/9/09   |   jrcincalifornia

No word on whether he arrived at practice with Spicoli and fellow surf-stoners in tow, tumbling out of a VW Bus.

2/9/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Growing up in VA. Beach I remember that the big thing to do with VANS was to trick them out with lyrics from your favorite bands, Fishbone, The Specials, The English Beat, Bad Brains, The Cure especially, there was once a special ethnic sensitivity assembly because of the number of kids with "Killing an Arab" on their shoes.

2/9/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

WBKsports wrote:

+10000000000 for that reference!

2/9/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Also the same man who destroyed his shoulder snow boarding during the All-Star Break a couple of years back, then tired to Monte Ellis his way out of it, but got busted. So it was just a matter of time that RrrrrraaaaaddddddManovic was going to be shown the door.

2/9/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Or maybe it was because all he could do is shoot the 3-ball and be mainly invisible on defense while eating up a large salary.  I will miss the 3 point shooting, but at least now we get this wonderful 70's porn stache.

2/9/09   |   MagicPatrick   |   4 respect

"..OW! "