Three rookies and others get chance to impress the Lakers
Lakers rookie draft pick Andrew Goudelock curled off a screen with the clock winding down and his side trailing by two points in one of several scrimmages Tuesday with the team’s other two rookies and 17 other NBA free agents.
Goudelock caught the basketball, rose up and shot, and then watched as his three-pointer settled into the net for the win as time expired.
He smiled and did several high-fives and chest-bumps with his teammates. It wasn’t a bad way for Goudelock, and fellow rookies Darius Morris and Ater Majok, to be introduced to the Lakers’ brass on hand Tuesday — new Coach Mike Brown and General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
“I was happy I made” the shot, Goudelock said, smiling.
His next goal is to make the team.
Goudelock, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, was drafted from College of Charleston with the 46th overall pick in the second round by the Lakers in Thursday’s NBA draft.
Morris, a 6-4 point guard who played for Windward High in Los Angeles before going to the University of Michigan, was taken with the 41st pick.
Majok was taken with the 58th pick.
Listed at 6-foot-10, Majok, from Sudan, abruptly left the University of Connecticut in September. He averaged 2.3 points and three rebounds in 26 games with the Huskies in the 2009-10 season before leaving to play professionally in Turkey and Australia last winter.
All three of the Lakers rookies are unsigned because of the uncertainty of the NBA collective bargaining agreement that is set to expire Friday.
Morris, Goudelock and Majok worked out during a two-day, double-session mini-camp with several former NBA free agents hoping to be invited back to the Lakers’ training camp, whenever the next season starts.
“I’m going to keep working hard and do the best I can,” Morris said. “I still believe that I can find a way to work my way on this team.”
The Lakers are looking to get younger and more athletic in the backcourt. Because of that, Goudelock is hopeful.
“This was my best workout and I think it was a good fit,” he said. “I just want to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Also, the Lakers probably will announce this week they have hired assistant coaches John Kuester, Chuck Person and Quin Snyder, according to an NBA executive not authorized to speak publicly on the subject.
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