This link is for M. Bresnahan cover article on J.R. Smith and Lakers in the hunt with limited resources & at end Ebanks being sent to D league. But great stuff below .....literally for the Mini Mamba...already a "mini"
Jeremy Lin" story going on. It was really touch and go in December whether Brown was going to keep him, and he sensed it. I hope this guy gets big cheers now at Staples every time he runs onto the floor. A really bright spot to the season so far. http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... 8118.story
It's not quite the Jeremy Lin story, but there was some luck for 'Lock.
Goudelock had a sinking feeling in training camp, the type that usually ends with a general manager calling a player into his office and saying, "You've done everything we've asked, but…."
Indeed, Goudelock thought he would be cut by the Lakers in December.
"It was to the point where I was calling my agent and said, 'Man, look, these guys aren't really liking me. My opportunities might have to come somewhere else because I don't get any reps in practice. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be here long,' " Goudelock said.
It's not unusual these days if the rookie leads the Lakers' point guards in scoring. He had 10 points in 14 minutes Tuesday against Atlanta.
"The reality of it is I was close to cutting him at one point earlier in the year," Brown said recently. "Who would have thunk that he would have been my backup point guard and played well for us when he got thrown into the fire?"
A second-round draft pick last year from the College of Charleston, Goudelock has made an impression with his strong three-point accuracy (43.2%) and driving teardrop shots that fall almost perfectly over taller defenders' hands.
He's just happy to have a job.
"Almost being cut, I was at the lowest point I've ever been," Goudelock said. "I was calling my parents because I didn't know what else to do. I said, 'I'm sorry. I came out here and did everything I can, but it's just not going to work.' God works in mysterious ways. I don't know how it happened."