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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks Chimes In On Turnover Issues

jodie meeksThe Los Angeles Lakers do not have a reliable point guard on the roster right now as Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake and Steve Nash are all sidelined due to injuries.

Shortly after Kobe Bryant came down with a knee injury, the team went out and signed Kendall Marshall different. However, the main ball handling responsibilities fall in the hands of Xavier Henry and Jodie Meeks. Nick Young and Wes Johnson are also expected to facilitate the offense when on the court, but all the guards are having trouble adjusting their games.

Meeks spoke to the Los Angeles Times and he talked about the new roles the players have adopted.

“The guys that are handling the ball right now — myself, Xavier, Nick — we’ve got to get used to it,” Meeks said. “It’s probably been since high school since any of us ran the [point].”

In the Lakers’ loss Saturday night to the Golden State Warriors, the team combined for an embarrassing 24 turnovers. Meeks and Young both had four turnovers each, while Henry and Johnson recorded six among themselves.

Los Angeles is dealing with some serious point guard problems, but luckily they will be getting Jordan Farmar back in the lineup by Christmas.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    “The guys that are handling the ball right now — myself, Xavier, Nick — we’ve got to get used to it,” Meeks said. “It’s probably been since high school since any of us ran the [point].”

    This quote right here is downright scary is you really are a Lakers fan.LOL this is like a NFL team using a Punter as a Quarterback or a NFL team using the Running Back as the Quarterback.It’s like having Frank Gore play Quarterback for a stretch of games that would not end well and nether will this.Lakers desperately need to use Kendall Marshall and see what the kid can do,start him against his former team the Suns they gave up on him so soon maybe he can prove them wrong tonight.

    • Gregory Choa

      I agree, mad scientist D’Antoni could do a lot worse than to consider starting Marshall at the point tonight against the Suns.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yeap,Kendall is the best option at starting Point Guard currently.

        • kobe24

          No, I don’t think so. Look, its hard to see so many turnovers in one game (mostly due to none of the players being true PG) but I don’t think Kendall Marshall should start at PG.

          Sure, the kid has potential and has better ball handling than all the guys available but he hasn’t played with the team yet and they haven’t played with him. Sure they had Sunday to practice with each other but that just isn’t enough.

          We saw Kendall Marshall play on Saturday 2 quick TO in 3 minutes or so. I’m not going to count that against him since it was his first time in NBA court this season and it happens to everyone but Marshall still has to prove he can work with the guys and show that he is valuable.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I just can’t stand our offense without a PG.Too sloppy.

          • Al Haldie

            Now whos fault is that—ya BLAKE and FARMAR will do anything not to play…. ha ha ha

          • Gregory Choa

            Seriously though, what do the Lakers have to lose??? It’s one game…big deal! Farmar will be back just after Christmas and the only way to really get a chance to prove your worth – especially given the Lakers desperate need at that position – is to be let loose as a starter and get the minutes to produce. This is a no-brainer…let the kid play and let’s see what he can do under pressure – the upside of such a move is way better than the downside, which might be that the Lakers end up losing the game.

      • hookedonnews

        I wouldn’t start Marshall. He doesn’t need that added pressure judging from his performance in the last game. There’s a reason he was in the D-League rather than the NBA. I think he’ll eventually come around, but you don’t want him to lose his confidence. If he can’t succeed in D’Antoni’s system, he doesn’t belong in the NBA.

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    I was at the warriors/lakers game – the look on Marshall’s face was one of fear and confusion

    • Jim213

      Hopefully Marshall will improve though IMO don’t see him in the future roster given the overload of guards aside of Farmar, Blake, and that other guy Nash.

      However, this is a good opportunity for him to get noticed in the league and hopefully he capitalizes on the opportunity for team sake and his future within the league.

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        They just should have waited for Jordan to get back and made due with what we have – this Marshall character is not going to influence our Win/Loss % at all – just another distraction – and sorry to be crass but I could give a lick about that dudes career

        • Jim213

          Been babbling about FO for a awhile yet they seem to be all in with Nash for some reason. SMH

          • hookedonnews

            I think that’s because they know he’s coming back at some point, and he’s still got the skills. The question is how long can he stay healthy once he’s back. They don’t want to bring anyone else in right now. There aren’t that many great options out there. The fact that they went to the D-League to get Marshall proves that. They want to save that cap space for free agents in the future when there are some great players available. Marshall could turn out to be another player who is able to succeed under MDA when he couldn’t make it elsewhere. Time will tell, I guess.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            Too many people are wearing purple n gold colored glasses when looking at nash – the dude will never return to an elite level. And paying somebody that much to just contribute is plain counterintuitive to building a winner. The Lakers dont owe that guy anything.

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