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Andrew Goudelock's confidence increasing

December 26, 2011 |  4:09 pm

The outer confidence rarely evaporates.

Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock boasts proudly yet humbly that his strong outside shooting he posted in four years as a shooting guard at the College of Charleston will translate in the NBA. Yet, Goudelock has felt the inward confidence wave. It was only last week when Goudelock admitted feeling insecure on his standing.

"I was starting to break down," Goudelock said. "I didn't know what was going to happen. Will I be on the team? Will they cut me? I don't know."

That's why he made multiple phone calls to his parents, to his college coach, Bobby Kremins, and to his agent, Austin Walton. He also confided his insecurities with fellow rookie Darius Morris, whose future also remained uncertain.

Goudelock feels more relief now that he remains on the team after the Lakers dwindled their roster to 15 players. But the first year of his two-year nonguaranteed contract hardly proves binding until Feb. 15. So after Goudelock made his preseason debut last week against the Clippers and his regular-season debut Sunday against Chicago, the Lakers rookie remains determined not to allow any uncertainty to derail his outward and inward confidence anymore. 

"I talked to Derek Fisher and he said, 'Never let anybody see you sweat,'" Goudelock said. "That's what I tried to do. Even if I was worried, even if I was a little down, you weren't going to see it. So I was out here fighting, battling, going at the guys like they were going at me."

The result: Coach Mike Brown chose Goudelock as Kobe Bryant's backup at shooting guard over veteran-shooter Jason Kapono and suggested that rotation could remain intact. This, despite the Lakers' original plan to play Goudelock more at point guard.

"I made the decision at the very last second," Brown said. "Even when I went down to the bench, I hesitated. I kept going back and forth. I felt he would help that second unit because he's a ball-skilled guy and he can shoot the three."

Goudelock proved as such, scoring six points on two-of-three shooting from three-point range in 13 minutes. 

"The young fella came in there," Bryant said, "and made some big shots for us."

Goudelock hardly thought he'd be in that position last week. He saw the Lakers acquire veteran sharpshooters in Kapono and Troy Murphy. Goudelock didn't play at all in the Lakers' first preseason game against the Clippers. When he entered the game Wednesday in the Lakers' second preseason game against the Clippers, Goudelock admitted feeling "jittery" and overcompensating by firing every open shot.

But soon enough, Goudelock stopped worrying. He just played basketball, regardless of what happens moving forward.

"From where I was three or four days ago," he said, "I felt blessed."


--Mark Medina

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