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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks Tries To Take Kobe’s ‘No Excuses’ Approach Reviewed by Momizat on . Veteran sharpshooter Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points in a surprisingly solid win over the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and gave credit Veteran sharpshooter Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points in a surprisingly solid win over the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and gave credit Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks Tries To Take Kobe’s ‘No Excuses’ Approach

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Veteran sharpshooter Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points in a surprisingly solid win over the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and gave credit to a certain superstar teammate.

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Following the win, Meeks spoke to the media about his impressive performance and the 26-year-old gave a hat tip to Kobe Bryant for helping him with his approach to the game, night in and night out. Meeks said the following according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Although Meeks isn’t much of a talker when it comes to post-game interviews or speaking to the media in general, the sharpshooter let his game speak for him on Sunday. Meeks torched the Thunder on Sunday scoring the game-high 42 points on 11-of-18 from the floor.

Over the course of his career in the NBA, Meeks has become known for his ability to stretch the floor with his outside shooting. On Sunday, Meeks continued to drive defenders crazy hitting 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc as the Thunder simply had no answer for his hot shooting.

Along with scoring a career-high point total, Meeks was the main reason for turning things around for the Lakers against arguably the best team in the Western Conference. The Lakers were down as much as 18 points until Meeks exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Thunder by himself, 20-19.

Needless to say, Meeks had a Kobe-like performance against Oklahoma City by putting the team on his back when they needed him the most. Along with being a scoring machine, Meeks also grabbed four steals in the win and continues to make strides on both ends of the floor this season.

Even though the Lakers appear destined to be in the draft lottery, the team has shown some heart in this win along with the victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The devastating loss to the Los Angeles Clippers was devastating to say the least, but the team has been able to bounce back and possible save Mike D’Antoni’s job in the process.
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  • purp&goldpride

    We don’t want mike d’antoni back….if the Lakers need to lose their next 10 games then oh well. Anything to get Pringles as far away from my Lakers as possible

    • 3339

      knowing the mentality of the front office they’ll probably keep him just because they beat okc even though they’ve struggled every second under his watch.
      I don’t want to see them waste another season to find out he’s not the right coach.

  • 3339

    Great attitude. Hope the Lakers can keep him.

  • Daryl Peek

    Ramona Shelburne ‏@ramonashelburne 5h
    Jodie Meeks is probably the most improved Laker this year, both offensively and defensively. Career game for him today w/ 36 so far vs OKC

    • Chrmngblly

      …except for Bob Sacre, you mean…:-)
      MDA thinks of him as one of his “little victories”….

      • Daryl Peek

        If Rob can continue to be a rotational player that gives you hustle minutes ala Reggie Evans, or Jordan Hil, Sacrebleu… you’ve done it MDA.

        • Chrmngblly

          Yes, MDA has been a Godsend for the Lakers since the day he got here…..

          • Daryl Peek

            If I were one of several players on this Lakers roster, I’d say he was absolutely a pocket change filler. How many of these young bucks like Meeks, Hill, Farmar, and X are gonna see a much bigger payday next season?

  • Sylvia Ross

    Please get rid of d’antoni, so he won one game. Look at all the games he’s lost behind his being upset with players for whatever reasons unknown to us and probably to him. Pringles, needs to go.!

    • Kay Carter

      who you suggest we go get, when he fired?

      • Sylvia Ross

        Byron Scott. Now PRINGLES, BE GONE !!

        • Chrmngblly

          Or Jerry Sloan or a few others

        • Kay Carter

          i can agree with that

      • 3339

        Scott, Sloan, either Van Gundy, Hollins, Karl, etc

        • Josh

          Not Jeff Van Gundy. Remember this? [http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=uoTTCeLhLDA]. Plus, he hates the Lakers. Don’t remember much about Stan, except that Pat Riley didn’t trust him. Sloan is way too old and has been away from coaching too long. I like George Karl, but he has had too many opportunities with really good teams to never have accomplished anything in the postseason.

          • Kay Carter

            Karl hates us also lol probably more than Stan

        • Kay Carter

          Karl teaches the same principles as mr. pringles…i like Scott, Sloan nd Hollins tho….iono bout Van Gundy lol he does well with centers, i do like that

  • Kb24

    FIRE MDA NOT THIS SEASON BUT IN THIS OFFSEASO! If we cant get embiid,wiggins or exum then trade our pick with gasol to bulls for noah IMAGINE. NOAH-LOVE-DENG-BRYANT-MARSHALL/EXUM

    • GokoBe

      Also TRADE MEEKS FOR HICKSON IF WE LOSE HILL

    • karasoon4

      If we are giving away our pick to get Noah, exactly how will we have Exum?

      • Chrmngblly

        That is going to be a tough call. I think we could keep Pau for a reasonable price. But this is why Nash probably has to go the stretch route: we have enough prospects and suspects on the roster that we should not just let everyone walk at the end of the season. Some are signed, some need to be. Is Exum that good? Is Parker or Embiid? What do we need most? I think we need a 4/5 unless Kobe II is available. We still need to be under the cap just so our hands are free the following year.

        • Josh

          Pau will not be back. I don’t think the Lakers will even offer him a contract because they are trying to keep cap space for next summer. To do that, they can only offer him a one-year deal, and that would be a bigger insult than D’Antoni benching him last year. He should make $10-12 million next year, and I wish it could be with the Lakers, but it’s not happening. Instead he’ll probably take 3 years, $20 million somewhere else.

          • Chrmngblly

            I hear you and we share a common logic about this. I just think we would be fools not to try to keep a bird in the hand, so to speak. We can afford $10M/yr for 2 years

          • Josh

            The problem for the Lakers is that $10 million in the second year would only leave them (probably) about $6-7 million to pursue a free agent, plus about $3-5 million for additional free agents through the mid-level exception. Even if that $6-7 million went as high as $10 million, that would mean no Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge or anybody of that caliber, and that is clearly what the Lakers are going for.

            If they sign Pau to multiple years, he WILL be traded before the deadline next season.

          • Chrmngblly

            OK. That would be my plan, too. I can’t see letting talent we groom walk for free–THAT is bullshit. Same goes for a few of the other guys we have around here. If we get as much as we got for Blake we will be OK. Otherwise, Jimbo didn’t learn anything from the D12 fiasco.

          • Josh

            I get what you’re saying, but letting free agents walk away is not the same as getting “nothing.” You free up the salary cap space they were holding to pursue another player in free agency. Signing Pau for $10 million and trading him for another player would basically be the same thing as letting him walk and signing someone over the summer. Except if you let him walk in the offseason, you get training camp and preseason to integrate the new player instead of trying to do that mid-season.

            If you think you can “win” a trade, you trade him. But sometimes the best move can be to let him walk.

          • Chrmngblly

            When would the best move be to let them walk? Only when they are scrubs or dead wood—like Nash.

            Otherwise, all of these better guys represent draft picks and other assets used to get them plus the growth in their skills that has allowed them to grow in value.

            In Pau’s case he was signed under the old CBA. He had a very difficult contract to trade at $19M and also considering he was recovering from injury. I bet Phoenix wishes they had him now.

            I prefer to have Pau around until we can draft or trade for someone to be our center. Is Sacre or man? Or Kaman? Regardless, we still have his “Bird Rights” and can make him an appropriate offer even if we wait until July after he fields other offers.

            Not trading Howard and watching Nash disintegrate and possibly losing Pau for nothing is only peripherally about money—it is about losing appreciated assets for nothing. It is like losing your house and all your equity for nothing.

            I think the CBA needs to be amended to insure teams don’t have that happen to them for any reason. It screws up the balance in the league if you have a moron in management or ownership like Jim Buss that refuses to trade an unhappy player. Is it good for the league to have either the Cavs or the Lakers be doormats for a bunch of years? It takes many years to recover from these blunders. Look what we gave up for Nash and Howard in draft picks. No. It is hardly about just money.

          • Josh

            It’s like losing your house for nothing, then going out a week later and buying a different house with the money you are now saving by not having a mortgage payment.

            Pau is not appreciating at this stage of his career. You think he is more valuable right now than when the Lakers acquired him? He has peaked and is depreciating.

            The team could have traded Dwight last year–just like they could have traded Pau this year–but they would have “lost” in any such trade because no team could be sure Dwight would sign a new contract in the summer. What would you give up for a player that might want to play for you next year? I wouldn’t give up much. And it’s really hard to talk about Nash’s contract in these terms because Lillard broke his leg and he never had an opportunity to live up to his contract.

          • Chrmngblly

            Obviously you are not a home owner. What you lose is all the equity you have built up over all the years you paid on it and all the market appreciation. I agree that Pau is declining in value—but he is not of zero value. Why do so many teams try to see how they could get him? Because he is still a really good center in this league. Look at all the stiffs out there.

            You mention Howard. I am glad we are not stuck with the “Big Vagina” on the Lakers—but no way did the Lakers LET him walk. They offered him 20 million more than Houston or whatever the maximum was and he turned it down to play for Houston. What the Lakers lost was Bynum and picks to Orlando and Philly.

            You are right, they should have traded D12 at the trade deadline. But the world was watching, if you remember, and Jim Buss talked to Howard and came out of the meeting saying he was 95% confident Howard was going to re-sign in LA. What a pile of crap! Everyone knew Howard’s word wasn’t worth a damn.

            A lot of teams would have been interested if they knew Howard was available. JB just gambled and we lost everything.

            You misunderstand one thing about the NBA, it is the rights to players that is most valuable; it is talent that is hard to get. Players and draft picks. Howard bolted and Nash was a desperation trade, a bad deal to begin with and a lousy contract on top of everything else.

            Now throw on the Chris-Paul-trade-fiasco that Jim Buss fu*cked up by trying to sneak it past the owners without even telling Jeanie–and people lose confidence. Like Magic said, JB’s ego was in the way. He was trying to show everybody he could be the “Man”—except everyone knows he’s just a punk.

          • Chrmngblly

            I get it. Shit happens. Too bad. Nash still deserves to get paid.

            My point is he could help us in so many ways—except he imagines the Lakers are still waiting for him to make it back on the court. News Flash: The team has moved on.

            If Nash would just retire, we could ask the league for an exception and pay him but not count it against the cap or something. We could use him to coach our young guards Farmar and Marshall. I don’t know who Mitch has in the FO for assistants, but Nash would be excellent. Nash could help but nobody is expecting anything more out of a 40+ y/o washed up guard on the court.

          • Kay Carter

            i still say they should have traded Howard for Bledsoe nd Griffin smh

          • Kay Carter

            Make it a 1 year deal with Pau, dont see the reason in keeping him for 2 years

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah, maybe. Let’s see how he plays. Kareem played into his 40′s. If he was making 5$M/ yr we would not be talking about this. I like Pau.

          • Kay Carter

            yeah that’s true he did, i like Pau but then again i dont like Pau. If we can sign him for cheap then that’s alright with me, it’s bad enough Kobe commands alot of money, hurting our chances in getting an all-star.

          • Chrmngblly

            That’s what I thought at first. What usually happens with an older star? Well, they either bolt and go where they can still win another ring or they get traded away. Mitch and co did not want Kobe to bolt like Howard so they signed Kobe up to lose. That’s right, he is being compensated to endure this tanking season and come back the next couple years. Would we be the Lakers without Kobe? We are overpaying a little for that privilege.

          • Kay Carter

            i dont think Kobe would have left to another team, since he stated he wanted to retire a Laker

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. And I believe him—all things being equal. But he also has a very low tolerance for bullshit and none at all for losing. He could have gone to Miami and played for free just to get that ring. EZ.

          • Kay Carter

            lmao for free?

          • Chrmngblly

            Do you think Kobe needs the money?

          • Kay Carter

            obviously he does, since he could have taken LESS money nd help this team sign a big name free agent…..but he didn’t and said it himself he wouldn’t take less money, so why would he go to a team for free just to win a ring lol that makes no sense

          • Chrmngblly

            I hear you. Did you ever think how little our lives are ruled by straight logic and more often by strings of the heart? We are emotional creatures aren’t we?

          • Kay Carter

            yeah we are that….but Kobe is selfish nd arrogant, nobody with his mind-state is working for free or for cheap lol….nobody selfish is not gonna work for free, maybe go to another team….you honestly think some1 with pride like Kobe Gonna play with Lebron and all them??? lmao also you ever realized how our lives are ruled by money? and most people live to have money, some will kill for money….nobody is working for free man just to chase a ring he already have 5 of lol

          • Chrmngblly

            It would depend on whose idea it was. Dwane Wade has been banged up. Kobe could back up Wade and play the 3. I want Kobe to quit worrying about who the “Big Dog” is and just worry about the Lakers’ winning. Don’t you?

            Besides, this was all theoretical, right?

          • Kay Carter

            lmao Kobe backing up Wade???? dont see that happening, too much pride, he’s the same guy who was tired of playing 2nd to Shaq, he isn’t Ray Allen lol come on man it’s Kobe lol……yeah i agree, if he truly care about winning nd care for this team he’ll do whateva it takes to get us another ship without the alpha dog stuff….

  • Wladimir Dolic

    They are gonna keep D’dumby until next season, no reason to start winning now with a new coach

    • Josh

      So you think an interim coach would magically make Nash, Kobe, and Pau younger and healthier? How about instead of hating our coach so much, we all try to support the team we claim to be fans of? How about we cheer for them to play hard and win as many games as possible?

      If you and all these other “fans” hate the team’s ownership, management, and coaching so much, I wish you would all go pick another team to follow. Pick a team you like.

      • Chrmngblly

        You are a worshipper, Josh. I hate blind ass-kissers. Don’t you have any integrity? Get off your knees. Butt-kissing Jim Buss’ little brown spot is disgusting, with all that slurping and tongue-lapping. JB did not earn the job he has. Everyone–not just Magic Johnson and Pau Gasol know this.

        We Laker fans get to blow the whistle when we see bullshit. That’s our job. MDA is responsible for a whole lot. No matter where he goes, D goes down. He is open for criticism in my book.

        • Josh

          If you hate your team’s ownership, management, and coaching, go cheer for a team that you like. Otherwise, you will be absolutely miserable watching this team for the next 20-40 years while Jim Buss is in charge.

          I’m not butt-kissing or worshiping, but last season and this season are no way to measure the future of this franchise. My only problem with Buss so far is the decision to hire D’Antoni, but even that decision has not had a chance to prove good/bad yet. I did not want Phil as he will always be the Bulls coach in my mind and was no longer willing/able to travel with the team for road games. I have been hoping for K Rambis or B Scott to become Lakers coach for several years now, but I can’t give up on Buss and D’Antoni until they give me reason to do so.

          • Chrmngblly

            Butt-kisser….LOL

            It is not as though Jim Buss outright owns the team–Jeanie is the President, actually, and represents the Lakers at the Owners functions. Jim is Vice-president of personnel or something.

            So you think Mike Brown was a quality hire? I am willing to watch and see if the MDA experiment succeeds. So far I am not impressed. We always lose on rebounds and D, the hustle and discipline side of BB. Maybe the troops will get that on their own after the Clippers’ spanking. You tell me.

            I didn’t want Phil because I knew he was toast a couple years ago. I think he is out of love with Chicago, too, though.

            Scott, maybe. Rambis, pass. There are some better coaches still available out there: Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Jerry Sloan. Bernie Bickerstaff, although he and Sloan are a little older than you might want.

          • Josh

            I think Mike Brown might be the worst coaching hire the franchise has ever made. And that was when Dr. Buss was still running the show. I’ve never been impressed with MDA, even when he was transforming the league in Phoenix, but you can’t expect him to make these players more talented. He gets a lot out of them, I guess, but you can’t make a guy decide to become a better rebounder when he’s 24 years old and in his 15th year of playing organized basketball. At this level, you’re either a good baller or you’re not.

            I’d be on board with Lionel Hollins, but Sloan and Bickerstaff are way too old. They only played well under Bernie because it was a small sample and he “coached” them to just have fun. Sounds a little bit like the MDA system… I would pass on George Karl, too, because he’s been around long enough with enough really good teams, and never won anything.

          • Wladimir Dolic

            Wow Josh, i don’t know if you are retarded or just don’t want to stop kissin * …. If you actually read my 1st post it says, “They are gonna keep D’dumby until next season, no reason to start winning now with a new coach”, i never said, FIRE D’ANTONI, what a moron, and on top of that, the players MDA have right now are high quility players, he didn’t make them better, or his system make them better, the only thing his system has proved so far in 2 years, is that injure players and get you on the bottom of the league.

          • Chrmngblly

            It is not that these guys don’t know how to do basic stuff–like rebound and defend and dive for loose balls, it’s that thos things are hard, unpleasant and don’t offer any glory

  • Josh

    I cringed every time Meeks was on the floor last season. What a turnaround he has had this season. And not just this game; he’s been pretty good all year. Don’t know about “most consistent,” but still really good this year. I’d love to see him back next year.

  • Godfrey Uche

    George Karl should be next couch for Lakers

    • vdogg

      karl is more of an ottoman, in my opinion. just saying.

      • ded47

        very funny

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