Lakers get story on slip

first_img“It was just a patch of ice,” Radmanovic said. “I had my hands in the pockets, I didn’t have time to pull them out when I was falling down. So I fell straight on my shoulder.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson was dubious at best of Radmanovic’s report, saying, “After we get Pinkerton on the case, we’ll get back to you on that.” “We have to accept that story and go from there,” Jackson added. Jackson later described the time Radmanovic will miss as “filling out the term of his sentence.” Radmanovic was staying at the home of fellow Serbian countryman and former Lakers center Vlade Divac. What Jackson was skeptical about was that Radmanovic wasn’t doing his best Shaun White impersonation on the slopes. The eight-week timetable for Radmanovic’s injury would have him returning in mid-April for the final two games of the regular season. EL SEGUNDO – As if Kwame Brown’s cake-throwing incident last month wasn’t absurd enough, the Lakers now have the story of how Vladimir Radmanovic went out for coffee in Park City, Utah, and came back with a separated right shoulder. That was the account offered as the Lakers reassembled following the All-Star break and Radmanovic tried to explain how he slipped on an icy sidewalk Saturday afternoon and wound up with a shoulder injury that will sideline him for eight weeks. center_img He was asked Tuesday if this was starting to feel like a lost season. “I hope it’s not,” Radmanovic said. “I hope that we’re going to make the playoffs and hopefully I’ll recover sooner than they’re predicting. I’m not losing my hope. We’ll see how things are progressing.” The Lakers could start either Brian Cook or Maurice Evans in Radmanovic’s place tonight against Portland. Also: Jackson said he hadn’t talked with general manager Mitch Kupchak about the possibility of reuniting with 41-year-old Scottie Pippen, who said over the weekend that he would like to come out of retirement and play again. With Radmanovic injured, Jackson did say, “To get through (the season) and get into the playoffs we may need some help.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more