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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby GoldenKnight on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:52 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
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The Rock wrote:Apparently we signed him for like $1.4 mil of the mini MLE which means we still have about $1.7 mil remaining in the rest of the mini MLE. Whos next, Delfino :man13: :man13: :man13:

I think we're done making moves.


Listen to him Rock, he's the guy that called the Nash trade and knew for a fact that D12 was going to be traded here!!!!!!


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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby GoldenKnight on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:53 pm

oh & welcome Jodie Meeks, excited to have you back up the Mamba :jam2:
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:53 pm

karacha wrote:I think Mitch is looking at one more piece of a puzzle.

Kenyon Martin. :man9:
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby MadMax on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:58 pm

therealdeal wrote::jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:

I'm really excited about Jodie's arrival to this team as well. I give him a lot of respect for taking a pay cut to come to a winning team. :bow:
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:59 pm

MadMax wrote:
therealdeal wrote::jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2: :jam2:

I'm really excited about Jodie's arrival to this team as well. I give him a lot of respect for taking a pay cut to come to a winning team. :bow:


I just loved reading those responses. This kid knows where his head needs to be and what his role on this team is going to be. He even knows that he needs to earn Brown's respect and that he's capable of doing that.

I think we're going to see Meeks be a real nice role player here. I have a feeling he's going to be a nice piece of this run.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby elderwand on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:11 pm

The Rock wrote:Apparently we signed him for like $1.4 mil of the mini MLE which means we still have about $1.7 mil remaining in the rest of the mini MLE. Whos next, Delfino :man13: :man13: :man13:


He's gone, just signed a year for Rockets.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby gcclaker on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:23 pm

I thought that the $$$ would sway him elsewhere but decided otherwise when Howard came on board. Meeks sounds like a mature young man who is doesn't mind playing a support role and do it well. He seems to take developing his overall game seriously. No sense of entitlement...hard working...and wants to be in a winning situation.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:27 pm

gcclaker wrote:I thought that the $$$ would sway him elsewhere but decided otherwise when Howard came on board. Meeks sounds like a mature young man who is doesn't mind playing a support role and do it well. He seems to take developing his overall game seriously. No sense of entitlement...hard working...and wants to be in a winning situation.

If he's the kind of worker that he seems, Kobe is going to love him. He's coming to the right place to learn that's for sure.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:29 pm

Kit wrote:Is he KeepBynum?

Yes sir. Changed my name a week ago. :man12:
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby BDG on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:59 pm

Awesome interview with him on Lakers.com ... as others commented, he said all the right things.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Doc Brown on Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:06 pm

therealdeal wrote:
karacha wrote:I think Mitch is looking at one more piece of a puzzle.

Kenyon Martin. :man9:


I think he should be. What's 1.5 million to the salary cap when you are at 100 million anyways. I'd be looking to make this team as deep as possible for the next two years and then sort s*** out from there.

If I had to choose between Barbosa/Martin and letting Glock/DJO/Sacre go to make room. I'm not thinking twice about it , it's about the now and Barbosa/Martin would be on the team. Who cares if there is no minutes to go around, if you can have them on the team.....

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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:19 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
therealdeal wrote:
karacha wrote:I think Mitch is looking at one more piece of a puzzle.

Kenyon Martin. :man9:


I think he should be. What's 1.5 million to the salary cap when you are at 100 million anyways. I'd be looking to make this team as deep as possible for the next two years and then sort s*** out from there.

If I had to choose between Barbosa/Martin and letting Glock/DJO/Sacre go to make room. I'm not thinking twice about it , it's about the now and Barbosa/Martin would be on the team. Who cares if there is no minutes to go around, if you can have them on the team.....

smoke if you got em'.

Exactly. Sign first, ask questions later. That should be the attitude right now. I hear Kenyon is thinking about us, that's good. I'd love him, I'd love Barbosa, I'd love Terrance Williams, honestly I'd love McGrady. Sign anyone and everyone around that wants in.

If you have to cut guys like Sacre, Odom, and buyout guys like Morris and Goudelock go for it. If we're all let's do it.

That being said, I'm going to totally guess that Mitch has dialed it down a bit. I'm guessing he's definitely NOT going to use the extra mini-MLE until he has to as injury insurance, even if it's not much. Signing a guy like Barbosa to the minimum instead of the rest of the mini-MLE would mean saving about 400,000 bucks for the team. He's probably sending out feelers to the rest of the bigger free agents and finding out how willing they are to come for the minimum and not play very much.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Ariza3 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:44 pm

think were all gunna like this guy. what he'll bring off the bench is gunna be awesome. most of us loved sasha and shannon in the end, and this guy i think we will do.

i like how he is defensive minded too though...not just a young guy who wants to score. he does what the team needs to win, and we saw how he made the 76ers better; whether starting or on the bench.

i feel a lot better now that we have a solid backup for kobe who can score....and hes only 24! make it rain 3's :jam2:
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Mike Trudell Interview With Jodie Meeks

Postby Kobe8Fan on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:07 pm

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Moments after signing his new contract to become a Los Angeles Laker, Jodie Meeks joined Lakers.com at the team’s practice facility for a Q&A session:

MT: You were a big-time scorer at Kentucky who slipped in the draft to No. 41 overall (Milwaukee), and spent your first year mostly on the bench. You were traded to Philadelphia after 41 games and appeared in 19 for the Sixers before eventually earning a starting role in your second season. Was that how you saw yourself before entering the NBA?

Meeks: Coming out of college I averaged around 25 points per game, so I always thought of myself as one of the best players in my draft class, regardless of where I was taken. When I got drafted I was kind of disappointed even while being happy to be in the league, and was relieved to get traded to Philadelphia after not playing much in Milwaukee. I was happy for a new start, and coach (Doug) Collins gave me a breath of fresh air, an opportunity to play and start in the NBA for almost a year and a half. Now I’m just very excited to be in Los Angeles.

MT: Having had some options, how did you make your decision?

Meeks: It’s been a long summer trying to figure out where I wanted to go. It was different, with the uncertainty, but I got a call a few weeks back from my agent asking me if I’d be interested in playing for the Lakers, and of course I said ‘Yes’ because it’s such a storied organization. There are three Hall of Famers, maybe four that I’m going to be playing with, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great season and hopefully (we’ll) get a championship.

MT: What makes you a good fit for the Lakers?

Meeks: I know they have good shooters here, but I felt like my capability of shooting threes and my overall game was the best fit for here. I think this team needs me to come off the bench and be a spark on the defensive end, but at the same time be able to knock down open shots because Dwight (Howard), Kobe (Bryant), Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are going to be drawing double teams. I’m going to be out there all alone waiting to shoot. I have a lot of confidence in myself whether I’m knocking them down in that game or not.

MT: People may recall your hitting 10 threes in one game at Kentucky before setting the scoring record for a single game (54). Guessing you could shoot out of the womb, but have you been able to show your whole game within the role you’ve been assigned?

Meeks: I’ve always been able to shoot. When I was in college, I worked really hard to show people I could shoot, because when I was coming out of high school people said I was athletic, but I couldn’t shoot that well. Now it’s the opposite. People say I can shoot but I’m not as athletic. I’m interested in showing everyone my entire game. My role in my first three seasons in the NBA has been (as) a spot-up shooter, which I’ve been glad to do, but I feel like I can score in many different ways. I can get to the free throw line, I have a mid-range game, I can create off the dribble, but that hasn’t been my role. Coming off the bench on this team, I think I can be that spark.

MT: With players like Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday in Philly that played more off the dribble, it makes sense that you’d be asked to spot up…

Meeks: It wouldn’t be intelligent for me to do something (other) than what the team needed. The role for me was to spot up, and I think I did a pretty good job; the team made the playoffs in both my years as a starter. I worked really hard in that regard, because when you’re spotting up, you don’t get that many shots to make the most out of.

MT: And you’ll most likely be doing plenty of spotting up for Mike Brown as well. Can it be difficult to find a rhythm when you only get a few shots a game?

Meeks: Sometimes, but you have to make the most out of it. I don’t really use excuses. I expect myself to make the shot. However many I get – one, two, 10 – I’m just going to try and make the most out of them.

MT: Do you have a percentage in mind that you shoot for?

Meeks: I want to hit all of them, but that’s not realistic. I try to make more than I miss. A good game for me would be to make four of eight, 50 percent. You’ll have off nights, but I want to have consistent shot-making ability of half my shots.

MT: What do you make of playing behind Kobe Bryant?

Meeks: It’s a great opportunity. He’s a guy I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid. He has a lot of experience and can definitely be a mentor towards me as a young player, just going into my fourth year.

MT: Kobe has a few tricks, and especially in recent years has taken young players (Trevor Ariza, Shannon Brown, etc.) under his wing.

Meeks: Oh yeah, just a few. I can only get better going against him every day in practice, and at shootarounds and film sessions. I’m going to try to be a sponge, soak up everything that he has to offer. I always listen to people that have more experience and are older than me.

MT: Bryant played a loooot of minutes last season for a 16-year veteran. Do you think you can earn the trust from the coaching staff to allow him more time resting his legs on the bench?

Meeks: I’m a good fit because I’ve started in the NBA for a while, started (114 of the 200) games I’ve played, and been to the playoffs twice. I think Coach Collins trusted me and want to be someone that Coach Brown and Mitch Kupchak can trust on a regular basis.

MT: How would you describe your ability on D?

Meeks: I don’t think I get enough credit for my defense. A lot of people saw me as a scorer in college and a spot shooter in the NBA, but what they don’t see is I take a lot of pride in my defense. I’ve guarded all the best players in the world: Kobe, Dwyane Wade and those kind of players. I think I’ve done a pretty decent job, but I think I can get better. I have a lot to learn, I’m only 24 and have experience to gain, but I play hard every night. That’s the main thing I pride myself upon.

MT: As a shooter/scorer, how appealing is it to play with a passer like Steve Nash?

Meeks: That was definitely appealing to me even before Dwight said he was coming here. Steve Nash is a great passer and one of the best players to ever play, so when I’m on the court sometimes with him I think I’ll get open shots. Kobe is definitely a willing passer as well, and I’ve seen that he trusts his teammates, so with the guys on this team I think I’ll get a lot of open looks.

MT: Word is you like to lock yourself in the gym? To what degree is that the case?

Meeks: Always. That’s the key to myself. If I don’t spend a lot of time in the gym, I start to feel like something’s wrong. I feel guilty, like I’m not working hard enough. So in the summer time, I’m in the gym all the time, and during the season it’s full out working every day. I always have my mind on basketball.


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Re: Mike Trudell Interview With Jodie Meeks

Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:25 pm

I already posted this in the Jodie Meeks official thread
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:36 pm

Merged in case anyone missed it.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Center Court on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:38 pm

do what did we do this off-season:

Traded for a top 3-5 player in the game
Got a superstar PG
Added a legit 6th man
Resigned our best bench player from last year
Added a shooter
Got younger talent off the bench

I'd say it' been an incredible off season. Meeks won't be some Jason Terry but he will be a very good bench player and the fit is perfect. Meeks adds youth/speed/athleticism and he came on board cheap.

Honestly, the only thing that would have made this the greatest off season ever was if we kept Ramon and got rid of Blake.

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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby lakersyunowin on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:38 pm

liking his attitude and philosophy :jam2:
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Randombobman on Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:11 pm

Center Court wrote:and had Adele sing us the song.

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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Ariza3 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:14 am

man if we kept ramon that would have been an AMAZING bench. bet he's kicking himself for leaving...Ramon (after learning from Nash for a couple years) and Dwight def could have held the lakers once kobe and nash leave.

oh well. i expect a combo of Blake and Meeks to do well. now that blake can play PG and not be relied on to score as a SG is gunna be great. Meeks will do well next to Blake. Blake isnt a terrible PG...he's a true PG that was asked to play SG and thats why he sucked. the guy is 6 feet and in the nba...thats a hard thing to do so i give him credit as when he was playing PG he did okay. now he'll be setting up Meeks who can actually shoot.

Blake Meeks Ebanks Jaminson & Hill will be a good bench and not last in the league again. I hope Meeks doesn't become a Ramon when it comes t the big stage. I think his starting and playoff experience with the 76ers will help him fit right in with the lakers.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby JSM on Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:17 am

Mark Medina of the LA Times wrote:While he was enjoying a high school football game in his native Atlanta, Jodie Meeks' cell phone blew up with text messages.

The Lakers had just finalized a trade that would bring them Dwight Howard. Immediately, Meeks imagined what it would be like to join a star-studded roster featuring an elite defender (Howard), an elite passer (Steve Nash), an elite scorer (Kobe Bryant) and elite post player (Pau Gasol). The thought of receiving countless open three-pointers because his teammates were double-teamed seemed so tantalizing. Later that night, Meeks agreed to join the Lakers with a two-year deal, worth $3 million, which became official Monday when he signed the contract.

"I felt like this was the best situation," Meeks said Monday in a phone interview with The Times. "To have a chance to play for a team like this will make me better. I’m playing with so many good people."

Meeks hardly just wants to hop on the bandwagon with the many pundits who say the Lakers are destined to win an NBA championship. That prospect "sealed the deal," as his agent, David Bauman, put it for Meeks, who was also fielding offers from the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies. But Meeks sensed a strong opportunity in filling the Lakers' needs in having a consistent backup shooting guard behind Bryant.

"I'm looking forward to playing together with someone who will be in the Hall of Fame one day and go down as one of the best who ever played," said Meeks, who has a team option on his second year. "I'll take pride in hoping to help him out with his minutes. Last year, he played a lot of minutes. So if I can go in there and take some minutes off of him, it will help the team out."

This acquisition pales in relation to all the other moves the Lakers made this offseason. They hit two home runs by acquiring Nash and Howard. After making $15 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, Antawn Jamison joined the Lakers at the veteran's minimum of $1.5 million. And the Lakers re-signed promosing young players in big man Jordan Hill and small forward Devin Ebanks. But Meeks' arrival will be the main variable to ensuring Bryant stays fresh throughout the season.

Bryant averaged 38.5 minutes a game last season, a sharp increase from the 33 he averaged the previous season. He didn't receive much rest until he suffered a left shin injury that sidelined him for seven games late in the season. Bryant also looked noticeably worn in the playoffs, particularly in the fourth quarter. Yet, Lakers Coach Mike Brown remained reluctant to limit his playing time because of his inconsistent options: an inexperienced Andrew Goudelock, a tentative Steve Blake and a raw Ebanks.

The 6-foot-4 Meeks, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers in three of his four NBA seasons, will prove to be a more reliable choice. He averaged a career-high 37% from three-point range in the last two years. He also spent his first season in Philadelphia playing under Eddie Jordan, who's likely to bring his Princeton offense as he joins Brown's coaching staff.

"That’s what I bring to the table," Meeks said about his shooting. "I can do a lot more than just spot up, but I definitely can do that. That’s been my role the last few years. What I bring to the table is that and I will be very valuable to the team."

Still, Meeks wants to evolve into more than just a shooter.

Synergy Sports Technology suggests Meeks holds his own defending pick-and-roll ball handlers (holding them to 38.7% shooting) and on spot-up shots (36%). But his opponents shot 48.5% from the field when they matched up with Meeks in isolation plays. Meeks' shooting percentage last season also took a dip. After shooting nearly 40% from three-point land during the first half of the season, Meeks barely cracked 31% during the second half.

To address those concerns, Meeks says he's spent this offseason mixing his 500 shots a day with drills to improve his ball handling and lateral quickness.

"I feel like I’ve gotten better every year on the defensive end," Meeks said. "That’s something I like to do. I don't like to just play offense. I take pride in defense. I think I bring a lot of quickness and athletic ability in hopes to defend some of the top scorers and wear them down."

During last year's playoffs, Meeks played only 7.8 minutes a game off the bench. That wouldn't be a healthy formula here for the Lakers, considering they hope Bryant can better conserve his energy. Regardless, Sixers Coach Doug Collins has praised Meeks for his work ethic and amiable personality, a formula that could expedite his growing pains with a veteran, star-laden squad.

"I had a great time in Philly," Meeks said. "It's a great city and Doug Collins is a great coach. He said that in his 20 or 30 years in the NBA, I'm a great professional and I work really hard. I’m always going to work hard and bring my best effort."
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:22 am

Center Court wrote:do what did we do this off-season:

Traded for a top 3-5 player in the game
Got a superstar PG
Added a legit 6th man
Resigned our best bench player from last year
Added a shooter
Got younger talent off the bench

I'd say it' been an incredible off season. Meeks won't be some Jason Terry but he will be a very good bench player and the fit is perfect. Meeks adds youth/speed/athleticism and he came on board cheap.

Honestly, the only thing that would have made this the greatest off season ever was if we kept Ramon and got rid of Blake.

They say you can't have you're cake and eat it too, but we just got that cake, got sparklers for candles and had adele sing us the song.

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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby kray28 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:00 am

They say when the improbable happens, it's when the fat lady sings so...
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby Ariza3 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:48 am

shannon brown got kobe's mins down to 33mpg for the 2010-2011 season; but when he left they went back up to 38mpg. so hopefully Meeks can get Kobe's mins to at least 35mpg, if not less. I think 33-34mpg would be good so Kobe can be fresh in the 4th quarters and also for the playoffs where we'll need everyone 100%.

That season with 33.9mpg Kobe averaged 25ppg @ 45% FG. I think now that we have Nash & Meeks that he'll replicate that season. Unless Mike Brown has something to say about it; but id be pretty surprised if Meeks didnt get 15-20mpg behind Kobe or with Kobe at the 3.
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Re: Welcome To The Lakers Jodie Meeks (Page 12, 2 years $3 mil)

Postby karacha on Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:20 am

^

I agree: Less then 35 hopefully. We should not run Kobe/Pau/Nash into the ground with heavy minutes. We have players like Blake, Meeks, Jamison, Howard, Hill... let them play.
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