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NBA Draft 2001: Wednesday, June 27
Vladimir Radmanovic

Tyson Chandler
No. 12 pick, Seattle SuperSonics

Q: Were you surprised at all to go to Seattle?

Radmanovic: I wasn't surprised. I knew the Sonics might pick me because I was in Seattle twice for workouts and their guys liked me and told me I was their first choice, and I appreciated that.

Q: How do you feel about being compared to Peja Stojakovic?

Radmanovic: I'm glad about that, but I'll try to be Vladimir and not Peja Stojakovic. Maybe we have some similar parts of our games, but I want to be myself. He's a good player, I must say that. He's a great player, but if you want to play basketball, you must be yourself.

Q: How do you feel about going to Seattle?

Radmanovic: It's a rainy city, I heard about that. But that's all right. One day you're in Europe, the second day in Chicago or wherever, but the guys from Seattle were great. It doesn't matter what city I play in. The people in the city are more important.

Q: What do you think about the European influx of players in the NBA?

Radmanovic: A lot of the guys think we can play in the NBA. Peja Stojakovic proved that, Vlade Divac before, 10 years, and there are more and more European players. The rules are different now, and they're trying to have a similar game in Europe to here.

Q: What do you think about the new rules legalizing the zone defense next season?

Radmanovic: That will help the good shooters, because with the zone, if you have good shooters, you'll kill them and you'll beat them by 20 points.

Q: What's the biggest adjustment you'll have to make in coming to the NBA?

Radmanovic: I made the decision to come this year. I could have come last year, but I thought that I wasn't ready for the NBA. I didn't have enough strength for the NBA and I didn't have the experience. Through the season in Yugoslavia, I played 40 minutes, and I could do whatever I wanted. I think I've improved now, and I'm ready for the NBA.

Q: What have you learned from this whole process?

Radmanovic: I've learned a lot. In Yugoslavia you don't see a lot of NBA games and you don't know what's going on here. I was here a month and a half, and I learned a lot from NBA guys. They helped me a lot. If you want to play, you must improve yourself, and I think I've done that in the last month and a half.


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