Former College of Charleston star Andrew Goudelock is back on the Los Angeles Lakers roster. His assignment: Help fill the void Kobe Bryant left when he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon Friday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers knew they needed help when Kobe Bryant went down with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon so they called former College of Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock and offered him a roster spot.
Goudelock was in uniform for the Lakers win over San Antonio Sunday night, but he did not play. L.A. is in a fight for the 8th and final playoff seed in the Western Conference. They have a 1 ½ game lead on Utah for that spot. The Lakers have one game left on their schedule against Houston Wednesday. Utah has two games left.
If the Lakers make the playoffs Goudelock will be eligible for the postseason roster. Goudelock was drafted by the Lakers in the second round of last year’s NBA draft. He appeared in 40 games in the lockout shortened season and averaged 4.4 points per game in his limited action. The team cut him during training camp in this season and he has been in the D-League where he’s averaged 21 points per game.
It would be impossible to expect any one player to replace Bryant, but Goudelock did earn the nickname “Mini-Mamba” during his stint with the Lakers. L.A. fans are hoping that nickname sticks.
Goudleock and the Lakers face Houston Wednesday night at Staples Center