The Los Angeles Lakers put together a very new looking roster over the off-season with some of the biggest names in the game, but one name which wasn’t as recognized was that of Jodie Meeks.
The guard, who was signed as a free agent, was the subject of reports linking the Lakers with a move for the 25-year-old and due to the fact that few were aware of what he could do questioned the move.
The former Kentucky Wildcats star has however turned around those questions as he seems to have fitted well in to the franchise. He is averaging 8.3 points in 19.1 minutes per game coming off the bench and is confident in making shots.
Under Mike Brown at the beginning of the season, Meeks had his problems with his playing time and troubles shooting consistently, but since Mike D’Antoni has arrived, his game seems to have turned around.
Part of the fact that Meeks has finally began to find his role in the team is due to the support and advice from Kobe Bryant. Meeks views Kobe as a mentor and doesn’t understand why the star gets a bad rap as a teammate.
“I heard a lot of things about playing with Kobe, and a lot of them were bad,” Meeks said. “But it turns out that most of that stuff must have been made up. He’s been a mentor to me. He works hard every day. He’s the ultimate pro.”
Meeks may well have a bright future within the league. If Kobe continues to take him under the wing and D’Antoni continues to give him playing time off the bench then Meeks can flourish into a top player and have a bright future within this aging Lakers team.