The Chicago Bulls' run came to an end as the Miami Heat defeated them in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. It was the second time in three years the Heat have eliminated the Bulls, increasing the chances for this rivalry to grow in intensity next season.
However, when you think about it, the Bulls probably shouldn’t have made it as far as they did, considering the way key players went down late in the season and how they were forced to play shorthanded on many nights.
These gritty and tough Bulls always seemed to find a way to win, though, and their “more than enough” mentality caught a lot of teams by surprise this year. The 2012-13 campaign can’t be considered a disappointment in any way because of the way the team overachieved, and now is a great time to evaluate each member of the roster and their contributions this season.
“Vlad Rad,” as he’s been called around the league, is known for his ability to shoot the ball at 6-10. However, the 11-year veteran was buried on the end of Tom Thibodeau’s bench and played in only 25 games during the regular season and made just one appearance in the postseason.
During the year, Radmanovic averaged 1.3 points per game and 5.8 minutes, both career lows. It was tough for him to crack Thibs’ rotation and he spent more time as an NBA spectator with a great view of the action than an actual NBA player.
Needless to say, this was a lost season for the veteran stretch forward who most likely won’t be back next season. On a team that had trouble scoring on many nights, his ability to make shots and stretch the floor could’ve sorely been used.
But in Tom Thibodeau’s system, if you don’t defend, you don’t play, and Vladimir Radmanovic is certainly not known for his defensive acumen.
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