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Kobe Bryant dubs Andrew Goudelock the 'Mini-Mamba'

Another "Mamba" has slithered into Staples Center, and Kobe Bryant doesn't seem to mind.

In fact, Bryant is all for it.

The self-described Black Mamba has bestowed a similar nickname upon Andrew Goudelock, calling the Lakers rookie guard "Mini-Mamba" because he is a fearless shooter similar to Bryant.

"It's a very big compliment, especially coming from the real Mamba," Goudelock said after scoring 12 points Tuesday in the Lakers' 106-73 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. "I hope it sticks."

Goudelock has scored in double figures in three of four games since Coach Mike Brown decided to make him the primary backup to starting point guard Derek Fisher. Living up to his nickname, Goudelock has also taken seven or more shots in each game despite playing only between 15 and 25 minutes.

 

Goudelock's strong play has potentially alleviated the need for the Lakers to take a serious look at free agent guard Gilbert Arenas, who was waived in December by the Orlando Magic via the so-called amnesty clause. Goudelock, who rarely played until the last week, has made the most of his opportunity.

"I think I was kind of in awe when I came out here playing with some of these guys," Goudelock said. "I didn't know where to fit in or how to do it. The talent has always been there, but I didn't really know how to put it all together. These last few games, just running point guard, I think I've been more aggressive to simplify things, not trying to think too much and just play my game, and I think it's working out for me."

-- Ben Bolch

 
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