And then there were 15...
The Lakers have finally whittled their roster down to the required 15 men and the last guy to go was guard Andrew Goudelock. The second year player from College of Charleston, who was dubbed the “Mini Mamba” by Kobe Bryant, was waived on Saturday before the beginning of the regular season.
During the 2011-2012 season, Goudelock got to play minimal time in 40 games, averaging 4.4 points, and he got very dismal playing time in the preseason.
There was a lot of speculation last year among Lakers fans as to why Goudelock wasn't getting more shine and time to showcase his skills, or at least get into some kind of rhythm.
Coach Mike Brown was constantly telling the rookie last that he didn't have the experience needed to play. This was during the regular season, when players are supposed to be getting experience. For whatever reason, it just seems like Brown does not like Goudelock.
Maybe he said something the coach didn't like, but from the preseason last year to this year, the difference is surprising. That was when people first got a chance to see what Goudelock was capable of, shooting with no fear and driving to the basket, which is something the older Lakers are loathe to do.
He wasn't the future of the franchise by any means, but his style and hunger to play made him a much more electrifying player than a Steve Blake, for example, which is what the Lakers need coming off the bench.
Likely they cut him because he wasn't guaranteed a large amount of money, and it was a business decision, but it was a poor one. If anything, they should have just dropped him to the D-League to cultivate him for the future.
Goudelock will no doubt find a home elsewhere on a younger team who is building for the future. He may even fit in well on the Bobcat's bench since he's now played alongside Ramon Sessions.
Either way it was a questionable move, and it's a mystery why they didn't just hold onto him as the 15th man, even though they only like to carry 14 players.