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."