Phil Jackson remains amused about Vladimir Radmanovic
In his head, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson keeps a list ranking the interesting players he's coached in L.A. and with the Chicago Bulls.
Here's a taste of some of the candidates: Dennis Rodman, Ron Artest, Sasha Vujacic and Vladimir Radmanovic.
"Definitely Vlade is one my favorite sons. He's an unusual basketball player, but he's a very interesting person," Jackson said of Radmanovic, who was traded in February 2009 to the Charlotte Bobcats for Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison. "I missed the erratic things he'd do that would give you a chuckle on the bench."
Jackson may have a chance tonight, except Radmanovic will be in a Golden State uniform. Jackson can thanks his experience with coaching Rodman during the Bulls' second three-peat (1996-98) for giving him guidance into handling colorful personalities.
"I had no problem with Dennis at all as far as coaching him," Jackson said. "Just let him do what he does and try to encourage him to do some things that are a little bit out of his range. I got him to be very efficient in this offense. He wanted to pass all the time. I got him to do some things and shoot the ball once in a while. He became very good at it. He became very compliant. He's a good basketball student.
"Just see how much they want to play, how much they are interested in playing basketball," Jackson continued when asked how he determines whether such personalities will be a distraction to a team. "They can give a fluff about how they like to play and be a part of a team. But Ron and Dennis are great teammates and are guys interested in winning."
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