The Lakers recalled Andrew Goudelock from the NBA D-League days after Kobe Bryant’s season-ending injury. He played six minutes in the regular-season finale against Houston.
With L.A.’s top four guards out injured, Goudelock started his first career contest in Game 3 of the playoffs against San Antonio, scoring a career-high 20 points. He followed that with a 14-point, 4-rebound effort in Game 4.
Below is a summary of his exit interview:
- On his crazy season: “I definitely think I’ve come a long way. From getting cut (by the Lakers in training camp), going to the D-League for the whole season, winning the MVP and then coming back and getting significant minutes (in the playoffs) … it was crazy. I ended up getting a call, everybody got hurt, and I’m starting in the playoffs.”
- On the difficulty of playing San Antonio, with all their experience, when the Lakers had barely played alongside one another: “We definitely tried … it was just tough. We hadn’t played together, I didn’t even know any of the plays. I don’t think anyone could have envisioned this in training camp. If you look at the roster, you see a championship contender, and for everything to happen like it has, that’s just how the business is.”
- Goudelock on Kobe Bryant: “The guy is a warrior – just being around him last year, I tried to take that mentality myself, where nothing can penetrate your mind. The first thing he said to me when he got hurt: ‘It’s a small thing to a giant.’ He’s just such a competitor, and you can’t teach those things. His knowledge of the game is crazy.”
- Goudelock on Steve Nash: “One of the nicest guys I ever met – I always thought you had to have a bad boy image in the league to gain people’s respect, but he’s a pure heart, he does everything for the betterment of the team. I asked him and Steve Blake a lot of questions when they were out … the experience was invaluable. I just tried to soak it all in.”
- The College of Charleston product was refreshingly honest about what it was like being in the D-League, where he was scoring a ton, dropping dimes when no one said he could play point guard, then watching his backup get called up by the Clippers, and another teammate who was injured get the call to New Orleans. He was just frustrated and feeling like he could add something to the next level, but never quit, kept working until he was named League MVP. The Lakers call up was something of a fluke due to injuries, but he hopes he was able to remind GM’s of what he can do, and that he’ll have a chance to make a roster next season.