Los Angeles Lakers Exit Interviews Day One

What We Learned From Day One Of The Lakers Exit Interviews

4/29/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured guard Kobe Bryant on the bench against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY SportsIn case you missed day one of the Los Angeles Lakers exit interviews, not to worry. Here's the highlights and what we learned.
 
Chris Duhon was very honest, saying:

"This is probably the craziest year I’ve been a part of, everything that could go wrong went wrong…The talent the expectations we had, we definitely had the team that was capable of winning a championship, we just didn’t have the opportunity to put it all together.”

 
Jordan Hill talked about his rough season, stating:

“There were a lot of injuries. We did whatever we had to do, and kept our head high. There was a lot of turmoil and we did a great job of handling it well.” Hill believes the team has all the pieces to make a run next season, but admits – like everybody else – injuries took its toll on the club. It wasn’t necessarily the way he envisioned the season going, but he was proud of the way the guys fought.”

 
Jodie Meeks talked about playing with Kobe Bryant and his relationship with Dwight Howard, among other things. About Bryant he said:

“I didn’t really know what to expect before the season started – it was sort of surreal at first. But he was a great teammate, giving me a lot of confidence to play the way I can … his mental preparation (stands out to me the most). No matter if he’s hurt, sick, whatever, he has the same focus for every single game. That’s hard when you’re playing against the best players in the league.”

 
And he added a little insight on if Howard will stay in LA or not, saying:

“I know he loves this city and this team. We got pretty close as friends. I can’t say exactly what he’s going to do, but I know he likes (Los Angeles).”

 
As for Andrew Goudelock, he talked about getting called back up:

“I definitely think I’ve come a long way. From getting cut (by the Lakers in training camp), going to the D-League for the whole season, winning the MVP and then coming back and getting significant minutes (in the playoffs) … it was crazy. I ended up getting a call, everybody got hurt, and I’m starting in the playoffs.”

 
Earl Clark will be a free agent this Summer, but took the opportunity to voice the fact that he wants to return:

“I want to be a Laker. Had an opportunity to show what I can do. If we have a training camp, we can show what we can do. Hope everything works out.”

 
You can see the highlights from the other three interviews (below), courtesy of Lakers Nation.
 
 

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