Jodie Meeks said he is fine with not starting after Sixers coach Doug Collins decided to replace him with Evan Turner on Monday. Meeks said Collins told him that it was nothing that Meeks did. Rather, he just felt that a change was needed because the Sixers were in a 2-8 stretch. Collins said Turner will stay in the starting lineup for the rest of the season. "Obviously, people want to start, but if that's the role people want me to play, I'll do it," Meeks said. "I'm all about winning. As long as we win, I'm fine with what they have me doing." Meeks had started in 102 straight games for the Sixers. But he was struggling, shooting just 21.6 percent from 3-point range in the nine games before the switch. Meeks was shooting 7-for-14 from 3-point range in the first two games after the switch. He said the lineup change has nothing to do with that. "I'd be shooting the same if I was starting," Meeks said. "Shooters have stretches where they're not making a lot of shots. And they have stretches when they do. I don't think about it. When I'm open, I take my shots and I have confidence." That's what Collins wants to see from Meeks as a reserve. He said Meeks' strengths with the starting unit — his ability to space the floor, hit the 3-point shot — are the same with the second unit.
Turner replaces Meeks as starter
Courier-Post | Mar 10