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Jodie Meeks: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0549During his second year in Los Angeles, Jodie Meeks appeared in 77 games (70 starts) towards career highs in points (15.7), rebounds (2.5), assists (1.8), steals (1.4), field-goal percentage (46.3), three-point field goal percentage (40.1) and minutes (33.2). Most notably, his conversion rate around the rim (from less than five feet and in) increased from 50.4 percent in 2012-13 to 61.5 percent this season. Meeks also finished tied for 17th in the league in three-point field goals made (162).



- On the season:
“Despite all the losses, guys were professional and worked hard, and we tried to win every game. It’s never easy losing, but we approached every game to win. The coaching staff did a great job of preparing and kept preaching to us that we could always get better and we’re playing for more than just winning.”

- On what went into his improvement this year:
- I worked a lot on ballhandling and finishing at the rim. They were impressed with how I improved but (I want to take that next step).”

- On possibly returning to L.A.:
“I want to come back. We’ll have to see how the draft goes and free agency goes. I love playing here. It’s a packed house. I’ve been on teams where there’s like 2,000 people in the stands and that’s not fun.”

- On how he would sum up his two years here:
“It’s a little disappointing, especially the first year. I thought we’d at least go to the Western Conference Finals. This year we had a lot of injuries and I was able to expand my game. I showed what I could do. On a personal note, I feel like it was a good season. You don’t get any individual accolades. You have to win as a team.”

Marshall, Meeks Plead Fashion Crime

At shootaround on Thursday in Milwaukee, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks both had something to say about Kent Bazemore’s pants.

Inside the Digital Sphere of Meeks’ Performance

Teammates showin’ some love to Jodie Meeks after a career-high 42 points and a victory over the best team (record wise) in the West.

Meeks’ Career Day Leads Lakers to Victory

meeks42With the Lakers trailing Oklahoma City 65-53 with 8:59 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Jodie Meeks drained the first of his four three-pointers in the quarter 16 seconds later. He followed that up with a reverse layup, a steal and then another three-pointer.

By the end of the quarter, Meeks had outscored OKC 20 to 19 by himself, and keyed L.A.’s turnaround that allowed them to take an 87-75 lead heading to the fourth. The Lakers would eventually hold on to defeat the Thunder 114-110, in large part due to Meeks’ career performance.

“I got to the free throw line in the second half to get me going and knocked down a couple shots,” Meeks said, “That’s really all it takes when you’re in a rhythm like that.”

Meeks finished with a career-high 42 points – 24 in the second half – on 11 of 16 field goals, 6 of 11 three-pointers and 14 of 14 free throws. It was the most points scored by a Laker since Kobe Bryant tallied 47 points at Portland on Apr. 10, 2013. The 40-point outing was also the first by a Laker other than Bryant since Andrew Bynum scored 42 at Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 21, 2009.

*Below is a shot chart of Meeks’ efficiency from the floor against Oklahoma City, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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More than just his offensive output, Meeks guarded Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook on the defensive end for much of the night and helped force him into a 7 for 23 shooting night (2 of 10 on three-pointers) plus eight turnovers.

“Defensively he was out of sight and on Russell Westbrook the whole time,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He put out a lot of energy this game, but he has been doing it on a pretty consistent basis.”

This season, Meeks is averaging career highs across the board in points (14.8), rebounds (2.6), assists (1.7), steals (1.3), field-goal percentage (46.3), three-point field goal percentage (39.9) and minutes (32.7). In particular, he is converting at a higher rate at the rim: 60.7 percent from less than five feet compared to 50.4 percent in 2012-13, according to NBA.com/stats.

Since the All-Star break, Meeks has upped his production further, averaging 19.1 points on 51.4 percent field goals. He’s shot at least 50.0 percent in seven of 11 games, including an 8 for 8 performance against Sacramento on Feb. 28.

*Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from the floor since the All-Star break, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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“Jodie has been our most consistent performer,” D’Antoni said. “He is just playing well. It’s really fun to watch someone get better and he has improved. Jodie comes to work every day and does what he needs to do. He had a great summer working hard on his game and you really feel good about guys like that.”

Injury Update: Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill

Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami HeatLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemThough Steve Nash and Steve Blake both returned and started for the Lakers at Minnesota, the team lost Jodie Meeks (ankle) and Jordan Hill (cervical strain and headache) early in the first quarter.

Meeks played a minute-and-a-half before leaving for good after going up for a jump shot and landing on Corey Brewer’s foot. Postgame, coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged the shooting guard would be miss the final two games of the road trip at Cleveland and at Philadelphia.

Hill was on the floor for three-and-a-half minutes before being elbowed by teammate Chris Kaman. D’Antoni stated postgame the team held him out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons. His status is uncertain for Wednesday’s contest at Cleveland.

Both Meeks and Hill are the only Lakers to appear in all 48 games thus far this season.

Injury Update: Bryant, Nash, Blake, Farmar, Henry and Meeks

ts_140127steveblake670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemUpon returning from their seven-game, 12-day road trip, the Lakers received plenty of news on the injury front after practice on Monday.

According to team spokesman, John Black, everything “went well” for Steve Nash in Vancouver while working with his trainer/physical therapist during the team’s 12-day road trip. Nash was expected to go through practice on Monday, but unrelatedly “tweaked his back,” and thus, did not participate.

“The plan for him is to have a practice on Thursday and he’s basically day-to-day,” Black said. “We’ll update you on whether he’ll play Friday based on how Thursday’s practice goes.”

Nash has been sidelined since Nov. 12 with nerve root irritation. Coach Mike D’Antoni remains hopeful the two-time MVP can return to the court again this season.

“I hope so,” D’Antoni said. “I hope for him. If anybody can do it, he can.”
Both Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) have not been cleared for full practices yet, but are able to participate in basketball-related activities, as the two went through today.

“They’ll continue to ramp up through the week as they progress,” Black said. “Neither will play Tuesday or Friday, but the plan on them is to ramp up practices this week and we’ll update both of them at the end of this week.”

Blake was diagnosed with a torn collateral ligament in his right elbow and has been out since Dec. 13. Farmar, meanwhile, has been out since Jan. 3 after suffering a tear in his left hamstring. The UCLA product hurt the same hamstring earlier in the year, but this tear was in a different location. Post practice, Farmar was pleased to just get back on the court with his teammates.

“It was great,” he said. “I’ve been bored. That’s been the hardest thing. With this injury, you don’t feel too injured. It’s not painful; you don’t feel hurt. Just having to sit down, be patient and wait your turn, especially seeing them struggle, I just want to be out there and contribute.”

Xavier Henry (knee strain) went through some on-court work in Miami and was expected to be out another 10-14 days, but visited with a doctor today. There is no new update regarding his injury.

Both Pau Gasol (toe) and Jodie Meeks (foot) did not practice on Monday, but both are expected to play on Tuesday against Indiana.

Examining Jodie Meeks’ Shooting Efficiency

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles LakersSigned last offseason primarily to space the floor, Jodie Meeks shot just 38.7 percent on field goals (career-low) and 35.7 percent on three-pointers (second-lowest mark in his career) during the 2012-13 year.

“My shooting was up and down for whatever reason,” he said during his exit interview in April 2013. “Just take the summer to get a lot of reps up, be ready for next year and come back with a lot of confidence. I know this system fits me perfectly and (D’Antoni) has a lot of confidence with me.”

This year, that offseason work has paid off.

Meeks has shown a marked improvement in getting to the rim and finishing, while also converting at an all-time high from beyond the arc. Through 21 games, the sharpshooter is averaging 13.5 points on 50.0 percent field goals and 45.6 percent on three-pointers. All marks would be career-highs.

Below are shot charts and a breakdown of Meeks’s shooting efficiency this year.
*All information used is courtesy of NBA.com/stats.

2012-13 three-point shooting
Left corner: 20 for 58 (34.48 percent)
Right corner: 18 for 43 (41.86 percent)
Above the break: 84 for 239 (35.15 percent)
Total: 122 for 342 (35.7 percent)
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2013-14 three-point shooting
Left corner: 12 for 18 (66.7 percent)
Right corner: 4 for 12 (33.3 percent)
Above the break: 31 for 73 (42.5 percent)
Total: 47 for 103 (45.6 percent)
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2012-13 shooting near the rim
Restricted Area: 60 for 117 (51.3 percent)
- Driving Layup Shot: 16 for 29 (55.2 percent)
- Layup Shot: 19 for 51 (37.3 percent)
In the Paint (Non-RA): 5 for 25 (25.0 percent)
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2013-14 shooting near the rim
Restricted Area: 38 for 58 (65.5 percent)
- Driving Layup Shot: 14 for 18 (77.8 percent)
- Layup Shot: 11 for 23 (47.8 percent)
In the Paint (Non-RA): 7 for 14 (50.0 percent)
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Corner Three Time?

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersWe’ve exhausted the storyline of how little Mike D’Antoni actually had the chance to run his system due to a plethora of factors in 2012-13.

But with an entire offseason of planning, a full training camp and some added shooters, 2013-14 should be a different story.

Among the most important shots in D’Antoni’s system is the corner three pointer, as the corners provide the necessary width to open up space in the middle of the floor for screen/roll and other sets. As such, a guard and a forward are instructed to get to those spots at almost all times once the half court line is breached.

The five Lakers most likely to be standing in the corners next season are: Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson and Steve Blake. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will be there from time to time, but they often have the ball in their hands, more likely to be setting up corner attempts.

Last season, Meeks didn’t shoot the ball as well from the corners as one might expect due to his pretty stroke and quick release. He shot 34.48 percent from the left corner and 41.86 percent from the right corner.

JODIE MEEKS: 2012-13
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Young, meanwhile, was no better, hitting 18.42 percent from the left side and 32.26 from the right.

NICK YOUNG: 2012-13 (in Philadelphia)
meeksshotchartNew player development coach Larry Lewis told me that he’s already been watching tape of how players like Joe Johnson and Raja Bell used to get their shots in D’Antoni’s system, so that he can share it with Young, Meeks and Co. Bell drained 47.15 percent on the left and 44.9 percent on the right in 2005-06, while Johnson connected on 49.47 and 53.85 percent, respectively, in 2004-05:

JOE JOHNSON: 2005-06 (Phoenix)
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Wesley Johnson wasn’t great from the corners last season (32.14 percent left, 34.78 percent right), and while Blake was off from the left (32.43 percent), he was red hot from the right, draining 15 of 24 attempts (62.5 percent).

Farmar had a very small sample size in his last NBA season (2011-12), but was terrific from the corners, hitting 53.85 percent from the left and 45.45 percent from the right, rivaling Joe Johnson’s success rate (though JJ did take 175 more shots than Farmar’s 24).

For more D’Antoni comps, you can look at Steve Novak in 2011-12 (46.15 left, 50.0 right), but the perception has long been that shooters have some had their best numbers operating his system. That’s certainly the case for Johnson, who’s never replicated his corner numbers since that 2004-05 campaign, albeit in part because he’s done more ball-handling and less spotting up.

L.A.’s prospective corner shooters will have to show that they can splash the nets while Nash, Bryant and Pau Gasol create shots, but the opportunities will certainly be there.

Jodie Meeks: 2013 Exit Interview

13exits_MeeksJodie Meeks started 10 games and appeared in 78, with averages of 7.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. He shot 35.7 percent from distance.

Meeks played 20 minutes in Game 1, but sprained his left ankle, which forced him to miss the rest of the postseason.

Below is a summary of his exit interview

On the ankle that kept him out of the final three playoff games: “It feels all right. It’s still hard to get a shoe on … I’m going to talk to (head athletic trainer) Gary Vitti and see what he wants me to do. But (I will) get it back to 100 percent.”

- On his shooting being inconsistent on the season: “My shooting was up and down this season for whatever reason. I’ll be ready to come back next year and (get better); this system fits me perfectly and (Mike D’Antoni) has a lot of confidence in me.” Meeks didn’t have a great answer for why he was inconsistent, for a guy with such a quick release and nice stroke. Perhaps the constantly changing line ups were difficult, as he wasn’t always sure from where he’d be receiving the ball and from whom, which can be key for a shooter.

- On his defense, for a guy known as a shooter: “I thought I did a pretty good job. I just talked to coach, and he said I came along well defensively. I watched a lot of film this year, more than what I was used to, and that helped out a lot.”

- Meeks on playing with Kobe Bryant: “I didn’t really know what to expect before the season started – it was sort of surreal at first. But he was a great teammate, giving me a lot of confidence to play the way I can … his mental preparation (stands out to me the most). No matter if he’s hurt, sick, whatever, he has the same focus for every single game. That’s hard when you’re playing against the best players in the league.”

- Meeks on Dwight Howard, with whom he is probably closer than anyone else on the team: “I know he loves this city and this team. We got pretty close as friends. I can’t say exactly what he’s going to do, but I know he likes (Los Angeles).

- On Kobe and Howard’s relationship: “I don’t think the relationship was ever bad. They got along fine from day one. I think they just got to know one another’s games as the season went on, but there was never any beef in the locker room.”

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