Jodie Meeks, now a backup guard with the Los Angeles Lakers told Philly.com about his new experience with the Lakers and the most significant being that a championship is expected in LA, but with the Sixers they were just shooting for playoffs – it’s a different approach. One other difference was his interpretation of Kobe Bryant coming in. I wonder who put such things in his ear.
The Lakers hosted the Sixers on Tuesday night. Meeks said he recognized the difference between Los Angeles and Philadelphia almost as soon as he got here.
“We’ve had a lot of turmoil on this team in the first two months,” said Meeks, who said he has recently grown more comfortable playing for D’Antoni.
“But it’s just different here,” Meeks said. “Back in Philly, you want to make the playoffs. Here, the playoffs are expected and so are championships. There are guys on this team that are headed to the Hall of Fame, you know. So you just keep working, being professional and believing that we are going to be playing late in the postseason.”
The Lakers made huge changes over the summer, trading for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. However, Howard is still not 100 percent after back surgery, and Nash and Pau Gasol have missed significant time because of injuries.
Meeks believes that the Lakers will be fine, mostly because of their leader.
“I heard a lot of things about playing with Kobe [Bryant], and a lot of them were bad,” Meeks said. “But it turns out that most of that stuff must have been made up. He’s been a mentor to me. He works hard every day. He’s the ultimate pro.”