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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Calls Jodie Meeks ‘Most Consistent Performer’


After allowing opponents to score an average of 136 points against them in three games, the Lakers emerged victorious against the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday afternoon.

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Jodie Meeks led the way for the Lakers by scoring a career-high 42 points while making 11 of 18 of his field goal attempts. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni had some high praise for Meeks in his post-game interview. According to the Lakers’ official Twitter, D’Antoni referred to Meeks as the most consistent performer for the Lakers all year.

In a year that has seen many of the Lakers miss games due to injury, Meeks has been a constant presence for the Lakers. He has only missed five games due to ankle injury in February. When Meeks is on the court, he provides the Lakers with much needed three-point shooting and scoring. Meeks has averaged 15.3 points on 40 percent shooting behind the arc this season, and increased his scoring load prior to Sundays matchup. In the 10 games before his career game against the Thunder, he was putting up 19.2 points a game.

During the game on Sunday afternoon, Meeks constantly found himself open, and the Lakers used their good ball movement to get the ball into Meeks’ hands. Because of his sharpshooting, the Thunder had to close out on Meeks, and Meeks would make them pay every now and then by blowing past defenders and getting to the rim a couple times.

Laker teammate, Kent Bazemore, commented post-game that Meeks has grown comfortable in D’Antoni’s system, and performances like today prove that. With his contract up at the end of the season, Meeks has expressed his desire to return with the Lakers. Should Meeks continue to play the way he has been, he should be considered to be a viable option for the Lakers moving forward.
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VIDEO: Jodie Meeks After His 42-Point Performance


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Russell Valenzuela graduated from UC Irvine and writes for Lakers Nation. As a Laker fan since childhood, he follows and tracks statistics for a variety of sports.

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  • Chris Lilly

    Lakers should sign meeks, young, and henry next year as role players. We need a totally different starting line up with the exception of kobe and gasol. Kaman is a good backup when we actually use him. And a totally different coach. Maybe george carl. He has a competitive nature in him.

    • Matt Williams

      Can we get Greg Monroe please? Can we get Trevor Ariza back too!

      • vdogg

        excellent post. i would love those two guys on the lakers!

    • DJ

      I agree Chris, though it will be challenging in having Meeks, he has played himself into a nice deal next year and are the Lakers willing to pay what his market will now get. Young also will be looking for a multi year deal at 8 a year so will see… MDA will absolutely be replaced next year…

  • DP The D’Antoni Lover

    Jodie Meeks is awesome and Doug Collins was praising him to the moon today during the ABC telecast.Jodie should get a 5 year extension.

    Now the Mike D’Antoni cut downs are getting old he is faced with coaching a team without his 2 best players and his best bench player that is like asking Pat Riley in the 1980′s to coach the Lakers without Magic Johnson and James Worthy and also no Michael Cooper that is way too much to ask of anyone.

    Then Pat Riley would have a starting lineup of David Rivers and Jeff Lamp with Kareem and Milt Wagner and A.C. Green not a championship team more or less this is unfair to be bashing Mike D’Antoni he is one helluva coach and he is making the best of a tragic season.Give MDA a break and let him comeback for next season tbh.MDA is not the problem i assure you no coach could win with this roster.If MDA gets fired it would be wrong.

    Forget it MDA is staying 5 year extension coming up.Seriously anyone bashing Mike D’Antoni is retarded and clueless STFU already bandwagon fans.SMFH!

    • DJ

      Though I think MDA can coach and will be coaching again, from every report I’ve heard (i’m in L.A) and from almost all NBA insiders have all said that MDA will be replaced as Lakers HC this year, he will be paid his 4mil salary. I also am hearing that Byron Scott is waiting in the wings for the HC job… MDA did his best with what he was dealt with, good guy…

  • DP The D’Antoni Lover

    MDA MIKE D’ANTONI IS MY HERO.I LOVE MDA!

    • Sylvia Ross

      Pringles, must go !

      • Matt Williams

        Sylvia, don’t feed the trolls. Just let him troll.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I agree hope we can sign Meeks next season I want him to stay the most!

  • Kay Carter

    i’ll like to see J. Meeks as a long term Laker……. Irving, Meeks (once Kobe gone), Ariza, Love, Greg Monroe as starting line-up if not Monroe then a defensive Center

  • Sylvia Ross

    Why is PRINGLES, smiling he wins one and looses five more. Jodie , played a good game and for that I’m glad the Lakers won. PRINGLES ,YOU STILL NEED TO GO FOR IMPERSONATING A REAL NBA COACH !!

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