The only thing coaches hate more than players who complain about a lack of playing time are players who don’t complain about a lack of playing time. And that brings us to Vladimir Radmanovic, who has had difficulty masking his disappointment after Lakers coach Phil Jackson stapled his rear end to the bench after 20 games as a starter.
Here’s the full text of Radmanovic’s postgame comments Sunday, after he scored a season-high 16 points in the Lakers’ victory over the Portland Trail Blazers:
“It was just one game. I took advantage of the chance I got. That’s basically it. There’s no big talk or philosophy about it. It is what it is.
“The position I’m in right now is really frustrating. I’ve tried not to bring it up because we have something really great going on here. But for me personally, from starting and playing decent, I believe, to not playing at all is something I’m still trying to understand and figure out.
“Whenever I get a chance to play, as a professional, I have to contribute as much as I can.”