Andrew Goudelock Channeling His Inner “Mamba” This Weekend
Andrew Goudelock or “Mini Mamba,” as he is known in throughout Europe, is channeling his inner Kobe Bryant as he leads Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in this weekend’s Euroleague Final Four. Ian Thomsen of NBA.com takes a long look at the roller coaster ride of Goudelock’s career and highlights his relationship with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant. In the article, Goudelock gives a first hand account of his experience playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He focuses on the priceless lessons and skills that he learned from playing, talking with, and just observing Kobe Bryant in his two years with the Lakers organization. Goudelock goes on to explain how he has brought all of this knowledge with him overseas, where is seen as the “Kobe Bryant of Turkey.”
As the weekend approaches, he is preparing himself to play some of the toughest basketball games of his career. If he and his teammates can get past Real Madrid they will be taking on the toughest basketball team outside of the NBA, Olympiacos. Goudelock has a lot of pressure on his shoulders as the team’s leading scorer this season on the first Turkish team to make the Euroleague Final Four in 15 years. He is ready for the pressure. Coach Zeljko Obradovic, one of the most winning coaches in Euroleague history, will be putting the ball in Goudelock’s hands with the game on the line. If that time does come, Andrew will think about his time with Kobe. Then he will close his eyes, count to 10, take a deep breath, and step on the court to hit that game winning shot.