Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock had the best game of his young career Wednesday… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)
Sorry, guys. You've had it all wrong.
It's not Goody-lock. Or Goodluck. It's GOWD-lock.
After Andrew Goudelock unexpectedly punctured the Clippers for 14 points Wednesday, Kobe Bryant might need to stop calling him "Goo." Coach Mike Brown should probably start pronouncing his name correctly.
The rookie from the College of Charleston played point guard for the first time in a game at any level — NBA, college, high school, church league — and made five of eight shots in 20 minutes of the Lakers' 96-91 victory.
It's what the Lakers desperately needed, more production from point guard, even if they considered Goudelock a shooting guard until throwing the ball at him and asking him to dribble it in Wednesday morning's shootaround.
When Goudelock's name was called 46th overall on draft day last June, there was a series of shrugs. He was one of four Lakers second-round selections, an undersized shooter generously listed at 6 feet 3.
When he arrived at the Lakers' facility, he found out quickly that every number he wanted was either being used or retired. So he picked No. 0. He had his reasons.
"I was recruited by maybe two schools," he said. "I don't get many chances in this life, so for me, zero just represents everything that I've been through. I've had to make my own chances every step and I'm trying to do it here."
The Lakers will take it, especially with Steve Blake sidelined at least another week because of a rib injury. Goudelock scored only 10 points in 10 games before Wednesday's breakthrough.
Goudelock was fourth in the nation as a senior at Charleston, averaging 23.7 points. He is 39th all-time in career Division I scoring (2,571 points).
When the Lakers began training camp, Metta World Peace called him "Cheeseburger," because he thought Goudelock was one hearty snack away from being fat.
Goudelock, for the record, prefers the nickname "G-Lock."
Actually, he'll answer to anything. Almost.
"As long as it's not 'Goo,'" he said.
Back to the future
World Peace hadn't done much of anything this season, though he made his strongest impact Wednesday by bullying the Clippers, annoying Blake Griffin and becoming part of a mini-scrum at half court in the second half.
Where has that attitude been for the former NBA defensive player of the year?
"I got bored with defense because it was so easy to stop people over the years," World Peace said Thursday after practice. "When you're playing with guys and you're stopping guys every single time, what else are you going to do? It caught up to me, but this year I'm doing better. This year, I'm almost back to where I want to be."
World Peace had a strange statistical night, scoring only three points but adding five rebounds and seven assists in 38 minutes.
He blocked Chris Paul's driving shot with 51 seconds left and, a tad earlier, batted a rebound to Bryant after Paul missed a three-point attempt.
"Metta found Ron Artest, know what I'm saying?" Bryant said. "I mean, like, the 'Auburn Palace' Ron Artest."