Andrew Goudelock wearing shoes with Chinese greeting
It's been a whirlwind month for Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock, who's morphed from obscure second-round pick to consistent reserve.
In what could be seen as a slight sign of increased notoriety, officials of Peak, a Chinese shoe company with which Goudelock has a two-year endorsement deal, had a greeting written on his shoes, in Chinese characters, for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who was in Los Angeles on Friday at the end of a four-day U.S. visit.
"Just to be able to represent a company is the biggest thing for me, especially for someone not a lot of people know about," said Goudelock, whom the Lakers selected out of College of Charleston with the 46th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. "I'm trying to make my way. They're trying to make their way. It's a good fit."
Peak used to have an endorsement deal with Metta World Peace, something that prompted former coach Phil Jackson to rib him about the shoes' apparent discomfort. But Goudelock has issued no complaints regarding his free apparel and shoes.
"It feels great," he said. "I haven't had problems with what they've given me."
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Photo: Andrew Goudelock. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times