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Beyond the remarkably obvious (Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum), one of the commonly cited strengths of this year's Lakers squad is depth.  This is not only in terms of useful, usable rotation players -- on any given night, the Lakers will probably DNP-CD/deactivate guys who could play for many teams around the league -- but also in terms of how they can be used.  It's a Swiss Army roster. Gasol can rotate between the four and five, Bryant between the two and three, Lamar Odom nearly everywhere. Derek Fisher can slide over to the off guard spot, Vladimir Radmanovic and Luke Walton can play both forward positions, and so on and so forth.  When I asked Phil Jackson if he thought there was such a thing as too many options, he said no.  Basically, just because something can be done doesn't mean it will, and his feeling is players will eventually dictate rotations and configurations based on performance. 

Still, it's tinkering time, whether with Odom a lead guard, with different traps and defensive rotations, with the small forward spot, and more. That's what camp is for.  We've talked about all sorts of arrangements, but clearly not all of them. With that, I give you the Question of the Day:

What sort of rotation ideas do you have that might just be a little kooky?  Out of the box thinking that you've been batting around the gray matter?  Configurations and combinations you think could work, even if they defy conventional wisdom?   

It's time to play Rotation Jenga.  Put the pieces together in as many ways you can think of.  Let the ideas fly, with the understanding that we'll all agree to be nice, and not shred them too bad (ha ha).

BK

 
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A REAL POINT GUARD!!!!!!
SASHA
KOBE
PAU
ANDREW

TRADE LAMAR TODAY!

Starting PG: Chris Mihm. There are perhaps those with better handles, but he can see the whole court!

Starting SG: Pau Gasol. Has range out to 20 ft. and gives us the tallest starting guard tandem in the league.

Starting SF: Josh Powell. Part of the tallest front line the league has ever seen, Powell has the energy to guard smaller players.

Starting PF: Lamar Odom. C'mon, we all know this is really the position where he feels most comfy. And all we want is for LO to be comfy.

Starting C: Andrew Bynum. In the line-up, he's the go-to guy and can realize his goals of 20-10, or even more!

This officially gives us the tallest starting lineup in the history of man. Screw the Twin Towers, we got the Five Giants!

6th Man: Luke Walton. Can play every position; skilled passer and rebounder

Instant Offense: Sasha Vujacic. Will be the primary backcourt backup, spelling Mihm and Gasol when they need an occassional break from chasing smaller, quicker players

By playing this seven-man rotation, we can win 50+ games and save those aged veterans, Fish and Kobe, for the playoffs when we need them. And Kobe can go get surgery.

Discuss!

Skinny Line up
Gasol, LO, Ariza, Kobe, Sun

Soft defense shoot like crazy lineup
Gasol, Vlad, Luke, Sasha, Carl

Banger Line Up
Mbenga, Powell, Ariza, Kobe, Fisher

Run Forest Run:
Gasol, LO, Ariza, Kobe, Farmar

Offense Defense
Bynum, Powell, Ariza, Kobe, Fisher

WTF Lineup
Mihm, Vlad, Luke, Sasha, Carl

For those who haven't seen it yet...

http://tinyurl.com/4x8me9

Luke is being stalked.

Starting Line-Up (The Forest)

Lamar Odom - Point Guard
Pau Gasol - Shoot Guard
Chris Mihm - Strong Forward
Andrew Bynum - Power Forward
DJ Mbenga - Center

Hey, if Big wins, then Big wins!

GO LAKERS!

Lacks perimeter defense but look at the size of this starting line up.

PG: Lamar Odom
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Vlad Rad
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Andrew Bynum.

Same concept but a little more perimeter defense

PG: Lamar Odom
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Sasha Vujacik
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Andrew Bynum.

Oh and BTW all positions are interchangeable.

Or if you want more shooting

PG: Fisher
SG: Vujacik
SF: Kobe
PF: Gasol
C: Bynum

Or if you want more defense.

PG: Fisher
SG: Kobe
SF: Ariza
PF: Gasol
C: Bynum.

I could keep going and going and going.
Man I can't wait for the season to start!


GO LAKE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very glad we have someone else to make these decisions. Even if he is a bit overpaid. We need a slightly crazy genius to figure this out...so I don't have to :)

GO LAKERS!

Another Kooky Lineup

Jordan Farmar - PG
Coby Karl - SG
Vladimir Radmonovich - SF
Josh Powell - PF
Lamar Odom - C

GO LAKERS!

Tall Ball, just for shenanigans....

Powell
DJ Mbenga
Pau
Bynum
Mihm

A little lineup I like to call The Foreign Legion:

Sun "I'm gonna own" Yue
Sasha
Vlad
Pau
DJ Mbenga

...and our Nickname team

Monkey King or Q-tip
Mamba
The Machine
Tacos
The Beast or Socks


...no I'm not serious, just bored.

I don't like Odom initiating the offense. Lamar is at his best when he's put in a position to react rather than think. That's why I like it when the Lakers put him at the high post and limit his options.

Odom has the skill to run the point, but he'll never have the mentality.

@ Chales

hahaha, loved your line ups.

You missed the "White men can't dunk" line up.

PG:Vujacik
SG: Coby Karl
SF: Walton
PF: Gasol
C: Mihm

Long Time Laker Fan,

If it were Sasha that was being stalked we'd have to point the police in Faith's direction. haha j/k Faith.

Luke shoulda just signed her basketballs.

What was Britney thinking?

LTLF-

Thats some crazy stuff about Luke and that lady, what a weirdo. Hope Luke is alright, there are some pretty crazy people out there.

AK/BK or anyone,

Whats the deal with getting autographs after practice? Is it pretty easy to do? Does anyone know where to be? I'm looking for a job so I have a lot of free time right now and wouldn't mind going down to El Segundo and getting some 8x10s signed to put up around my new condo. Thanks a lot.

Lamar = Laker for Life

GO LAKERS

Starters:
PG-Lamar
SG-Kobe
SF-Ariza
PF-Gasol
C-Bynum

Bench Mob:
PG-Sun Yue
SG-Sasha
SF-Kobe (stays in game)
PF-Powell
C-Mihm

Slick Ricks (Tall, thin guys):
PG-Lamar
SG-Sun Yue
SF-Ariza
PF-CJ Giles
C-Gasol

Sixty-Niners (Guys who ar 6'9", or almost):
PG-Sun Yue
SG-CJ Giles
SF-Luke
PF-Ariza
C-Powell

The Night Slashers (athletic slashing of the rim):
PG-Sun Yue
SG-Kobe
SF-Ariza
PF-Odom
C-Bynum

Super-Shooting Lineup:

Derek Fisher - PG
Kobe Bryant - SG
Sasha Vujacic - SF
Vladimir Radmonovich - PF
Chris Mihm - C

Super-Dunking Lineup:

Coby Karl - PG
Kobe Bryant - SG
Trevor Ariza - SF
Pau Gasol - PF
Andrew Bynum - C

Super-Defense Lineup:

Derek Fisher - PG
Kobe Bryant - SG
Lamar Odom - SF
Josh Powell - PF
Andrew Bynum - C

GET THAT REBOUND! Lineup:

Lamar Odom - PG
Kobe Bryant - SG
Josh Powell - SF
Pau Gasol - PF
Andrew Bynum - C

LET'S PASS THAT BALL! Lineup

Derek Fisher - PG
Sasha Vujacic - SG
Luke Walton - SF
Lamar Odom - PF
Pau Gasol - C

GO LAKERS!

The I'M GONNA PUNCH YOU IN THE THROAT! Lineup

Jordan Farmar - PG
Kobe Bryant - SG
Vladimir Radmonovich - SF
Josh Powell - PF
DJ Mbenga - C

GO LAKERS!

This should be a real fun year to coach the Lakers. So many options. If Phil Jackson is half the coach we think he is, we're going to absolutely cripple teams.

GO LAKERS!

Horrible Former Lakers Lineup:
PG- Smush
SG- Von Wafer
SF-Devean George
PF- Brian Cook
C- Kwame

The Horrible Bench:
PG-Chucky Atkins
SG-Aaron McKie
SF-Jumaine Jones
PF- Slava
C-Brian Grant

Good Guy Former Lakers Lineup:
PG- Mo Evans
SG- Javaris
SF- Caron Butler
PF- Ronny
C- Marc Gasol

Outsidergua,

Sasha says: "You can put a cat in an oven, but that don't make it a biscuit."

Coby says: "Sidney Deane: Look man, you can listen to Jimi but you can't hear him. There's a difference man. Just because you're listening to him doesn't mean you're hearing him."

Luke says: "Oh man shut your anorexic malnutrition tapeworm-having overdose on Dick Gregory Bahamian diet-drinking ass up. Leave me alone!"

Pau says: "You are so stupid. It would take your mother 1, no. 2 hours to watch 60 MINUTES."

Mihm says: "We going to Sizzler, Sizzler."

Jon K,

How did Sasha possibly make your "pass the ball" lineup? haha

Starting Five:
POut of the 15 player pool – Fisher, Farmar, Vujacic, Kobe, LO, Bynum, Gasol, Luke, Ariza, Vlad, Mihm Coby Karl, Mbenga, Powell, and Sun Yue, here is how I see some line ups panning out. I don’t see any sports for Mihm, Coby Karl, or Mbenga…but injuries can change that. Take a look;

Starting Five –
1. Guard – LO
2. Guard – Fisher
3. Forward - Kobe
4. Forward - Gasol
5. Center – Bynum

Alternate Starting Five –
1. Guard – Fisher
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Ariza
4. Forward - Gasol
5. Center – Bynum

Alternate Starting Five #2 –
1. Guard – Fisher
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Ariza
4. Forward - LO
5. Center – Gasol

Big (as in tall) Five –
1. Guard – Odom
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Powell
4. Forward - Gasol
5. Center – Bynum

Transition Game Five
1. Guard – Farmar
2. Guard – Vujacic
3. Forward - Kobe
4. Forward - LO
5. Center – Gasol

Best Defensive Team
1. Guard – Fisher
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Ariza
4. Forward - Lo
5. Center – Bynum

Best Shooting Five
1. Guard – Fisher
2. Guard – Vujacic
3. Forward - Bryant
4. Forward - Radmonovich
5. Center – Gasol

Most Versatile five
1. Guard – Yue
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Walton
4. Forward - LO
5. Center – Gasol

Power Line Up
1. Guard – Fisher
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Lo
4. Forward – Powell
5. Center – Bynum

Best rebounding line up
1. Guard – Odom
2. Guard – Bryant
3. Forward - Powell
4. Forward - Gasol
5. Center – Bynum

Finish the Game Five
1 Guard – Vujacic
2 Guard – LO
3 Forward - Bryant
4 Forward - Gasol
5 Center – Bynum

If we are going to go crazy with Lamar at point, why not really go crazy, and put him in a position he was born to play, but doesn’t exist. Let him play “sweeper” like the center midfielder in soccer. Let him roam around the middle of the court waiting for an open pass and drive to the basket. Then you have the frontcourt of Bynum and Gasol with Kobe like an electron circulating between two different atoms in a molecule going from front to back court and often drawing two defenders, and another guard as a backcourt shooter. This would play to everyone’s strengths and maybe it would even work?

Crazy, but so is playing Lamar at point. While this configuration may not be the winner, I do think Phil needs to think a little more non-traditionally because there has never been a team like this before. He’s smart and innovative enough; let’s see if he can pull it out. BUT, I think he has to think about only being super flexible with Kobe, because Kobe has the most capacity to be many different things, and has to ensure he develops more defined roles for Gasol, Bynum, and Lamar so they can work on their consistency.

This is really where Phil needs to figure things out, not Game 3 of the NBA Finals, get earning your $$$ Phil!.

"You missed the "White men can't dunk" line up.

PG:Vujacik
SG: Coby Karl
SF: Walton
PF: Gasol
C: Mihm"

Shouldn't that be called the "Mike T. Lineup"?

Confuse 'em with crazy languages lineup:
Sun Yue (Mandarin)
Sasha (Slovene)
Vlad (Serbian, Croatian?)
Gasol (Spanish, Catalan)
Mbenga (French, Portugese, Kongo, Lingala)

Kobe can scream at them from the bench in Italian and Jordan can yell a few curse words in Hebrew.

lol Xodus. Actually it's the other way around. He's stalking me! lol.

I'm not so sure Bynum would start for the whole season. We've all seen how he does with Jordan on the court, and vice versa. That said, it would be in our best interest if he becomes a defensive beast whenever he plays lol.

As for everyone else...here's a thought. Sasha didn't start many games for us (just 2 I think, that's coz Kobe was out or suspended). Yet he played the crunch time minutes and did something good with it. So is starting really important or is finishing better? lol.

All 3 Pointers All the Time
5 - Odom
4 - Radmonavich
3 - Bryant
2 - Vujacic
1 - Fisher

Big Boarders
5 - Bynum
4 - Gasol
3 - Odom
2 - Walton
1 - Bryant

All Handles Team
5 - Gasol
4 - Odom
3 - Walton
2 - Bryant
1 - Farmar

2 to go in the 4th, down by 8
5 - Bynum
4 - Gasol
3 - Bryant
2 - Vujacic
1 - Odom

2 to go in the 4th, up by 20
5 - Mihm
4 - Powell
3 - Walton
2 - Ariza
1 - Farmar

Its that time of the year again. Times to play in the yearly YAHOO FANTASY BASKETBALL!! Hope we have as much fun as last year. Sign up now before its full.

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The "box of chocolates" interview lineup:

DJ Mbenga
Vlad Rad
Lamar
AND ....
Sasha & Jordan at the same time on the specific topic of who gets more PT this year and why. I'd love to see that debate.

Farmar-PG
Sasha-SG
Kobe-SF
Gasol-PF
King Kong-C

This is the lineup Wizard of Westwood would start.

If PJ can't win with this team time to get rid of the old man.

BD

Jon K.,

What does Lamar's BIO say about him??

dan

John K,

LET'S PASS THAT BALL! Lineup

Derek Fisher - PG
Sasha Vujacic - SG
Luke Walton - SF
Lamar Odom - PF
Pau Gasol - C

I agree with xodus....The machine doesn't pass, the machine shoots.

Slava was actually a decent player. He was never used effectively and was on a really good team so he didnt get the time. Don't you remember the game he had against Tim Duncan where he did the spin down the middle and dunked it on him. Lakers hadn't won forever in San Antonio and he led them in their short handed and put it on them good. He's like Vlad in a way, they both need minutes to be effective they are volume players. Except Slava played big and Vlad plays smaller they were both supposedly they same height. Slava had a decent 15 foot jumper and played with a soft touch around the basket and was a very good offensive rebounder. Vlad also has a knack for offensive rebounds, but is better from farther out and less inside, hopefully he worked on that in the summer too. Again people put down players because they are not the superstar, but what really wins games are the role players that do their job so everything flows. That has too include the coach, they need to use their players wisely.

Faith,

I'm not sure. I must have been distracted by the hair or something.

dan the man,

I've actually written extensively about Lamar Odom's Bio-Chrono reading over the last couple of the days, including today.

I won't rewrite everything, but basically Lamar is motivated physically by having fun, and he's mentally and creatively motivated by feeling respected and by others having faith in him (and having people around him he can believe in).

I haven't written anything about Lamar emotional proces which is physically orientated. This means that Lamar likes to be expressive and to be around expressive people. He likes to talk off the top of his head instead of producing measured, well-thought off statements. When he's in a good place, he expresses a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in his communications. When he's in a negative place emotionally, he just shuts down and becomes numb. That "numbness" is very painful for him because he feels dead inside and very far away from the vibrant, energetic enthusiasm he feels when he's happy.

Lamar is most likely thoroughly motivated by an enthusiastic crowd. A "sit on your hands" crowd makes him feel emotionally awkward.

Things look good for this year for Lamar in terms of his Bio-Chrono.

Lakers are going to be winning a lot of games. It's fun to win. Lamar plays better when he's having fun.

There's a lot of excitement about the Lakers this year. Hopefully Lamar is aware of that some of it is spilling over on Lamar. Lamar plays better when he's excited and in an exciting environment.

Hopefully Phil will get ahold of his snarkiness and treat Lamar with some respect. I believe that Lamar is heavily respected by his teammates. Respect is a HUGE issue for Lamar. Being/feeling respected focuses Lamar in a way that brings him to a level where people have to respect him.

Lamar will be playing with a group that is favored to win a Championship. Obviously this is a group that Lamar can view as being important and worthy of faith and respect. If the team develops that sense of mutual respect and trust, it will bode extremely well for Lamar Odom (as well as several other key players on this team).

There are a lot of variables here and I don't know what its like in the locker room and all, but, unless Phil Jackson undermines Lamar's feeling of being respected with an extensive public display of snarkiness, then I would expect this year to have the potential to be if not one of Lamar's best, then his best year in the NBA.

If everyone keeps their eyes on the prize and supports each other as a group, then it looks like Lamar is finally going to get that Championship he's felt he's been destined to win since he was a child.

GO LAKERS!

You guys are awesome. I was about to post some line-ups, but then realized you'd covered them all. Versatility, baby. Love it.

How about the REAL Bench Mob?

C: Kareem
PF: Phil
SF: Rambis
SG: Cleamons
PG: B. Shaw

Shoot, that squad could handle 7-8 minutes a night.

Go Lake Show!

Stump,

Okay. How about....

LET'S PASS THAT BALL! Lineup

Derek Fisher - PG
Coby Karl (or Kobe Bryant if he's in a good mood) - SG
Luke Walton - SF
Lamar Odom - PF
Pau Gasol - C

GO LAKERS!

http://tinyurl.com/4nknqp

Kobe mentions a line-up Phil was playing around with.

To quote Kobe, "When we all put our arms out, you couldn't even see the paint."

Lamar Odom - PG/F
Kobe Bryant - SG
Trevor Ariza - SF
Pau Gasol - PF
Andrew Bynum - C

Wow.

GO LAKERS!

Can some kind soul with ESPN insider please post the Laker camp article?

That would be good.

Love always,

Wes

Jon K.-

That's my original lineup (posted earlier) that I want to see start!

Jon K,

when you compare the salaries of Lamar to the list I gave before AND Luke and Radman he isn't overpaid.

Let's try the International Roster!!

PG-Sun Yue (China)
SG-Aleksandar "Sasha" Vujacic (Slovenia)
SF-Vladimir Radmanovich (Serbia)
PF-Pau Gasol Saez (Spain)
C-Didier "D.J." Ilunga-Mbenga (Congo/Belgium)

2 of them (Gasol and Vujacic) will have significant minutes, Radman will get rotational minutes and the other two (Mbenga and Sun) will get any minutes available.

-blitz

Actually I personally just came around to the idea of Trevor being the SF and having Lamar coming off the bench. I originally liked Luke because I thought that having him with a bunch of scorers would be good for the team. But then I thought about the defensive end. With Trevor in the lineup we may not be as smooth, but who really knows for sure. One thing that is clear to me and that was clear in the Championship series was that Pierce was getting his way with Radmanovic guarding him. I now know why Phil wants to integrate Ariza. He wants him to be confident when the time comes when we face Boston. It's likely that they will be there again this year. So my new lieneup has to include Ariza like was stated by Phil a few days ago.
C- Bynum
PF-Gasol
SF-Ariza
SG-Kobe
PF-Fisher

2nd Unit
C-Pau/Bynum
PF-Radmanovic
SF-Odom
SG-Sasha
PG-Famar

If this experiment doesn't work for whatever reasons then I would put the Sasha at SG (Kobe SF) instead of Ariza to have more spacing on the floor. One thing is certain. Our defense is now way better than ever.

The best line up is !!!!!! ...........!!!!!!!!

Kobe PG
Kobe SG
Kobe SF
Bynum PF
Bynum C

Nobody beats my line up!!! 3 Kobes and 2 Bynums!

PJ's current starting lineup of Odom, Fish, Bryant, Gasol and Bynum still makes the most sense if he can get it to work.
Before last year, the main asset - the competitive advantage of the Lakers so to speak - was Kobe Bryant, on both offense and defense.
This year, in addition to Kobe, what really sets the Lakers apart from anybody else in the NBA is having 2 of the most skillful and best 7 footers in the league: Bynum and Gasol. Having both play off each other the best way possible is the number one objective of the Lakers in both offense and defense. So the lineups will be designed and developed around the Twin Towers.

And if one of the towers go to the bench, Lamar Odom has shown in the past that he can play the supporting 3rd tower to either Bynum and Gasol, particularly the latter, very well.
That's why PJ was thinking of bringing LO off the bench. In that scenario, I think LO will actually be playing more PF opposite Bynum or Gasol than substitute SF. Anyway, we have lots of good players that can play SF so I think LO will be playing PF more than SF.
Just think, having a C/PF duo of Bynum/Gasol, Bynum/Odom or Gasol/Odom at all times in the court is perfect.
Well, LO could not handle the thought of not starting so PJ had to go back to Plan B.
Plan B still looks good, Bynum and Gasol as the twin towers with Fisher spacing the floor as the spot up 3 pt shooter, Kobe acting as the rover in both offense and defense and demanding double team coverage, and LO feeding anyone that's open as the tall PG. On defense the Lakers can defend conventionally with LO guarding the SF, Fisher the PG, Kobe the SG and Bynum/Gasol the C/PF.
The inside is going to be pretty crowded for the Lakers with Bynum/Gasol plus Kobe who likes to post up. The key to the spacing will be movement and when the ball stops moving, the players stop moving. The number one reason the ball stops moving is when one player hogs the ball - dribble, dribble, dribble then going one-on-one. Kobe is the number one guilty party here but now that he has confidence in the twin towers and in Fisher, his tendency to stop the movement will go away (except when he thinks he needs to win a close game one-on-one).
A huge advantage to having LO play PG is precisely because LO is not your average PG. He does not have the speed and the handle to keep dribbling on the perimeter like a Steve Nash or a Chris Paul. His advantage is his height so he will keep the ball moving in the triangle just like PJ and Tex Winters wants to. If he develops a high percentage 3 pt shot, he would be perfect.
Another advantage the Lakers can exploit is the fact that the 2 twin towers: Bynum and Gasol are 2 of the most mobile 7 footers in the league. They can run out on the break and get post position early. Odom is an excellent defensive rebounder so even with the twin towers, he can be the primary rebounder on the defense then take the ball down on the break just like Magic used to do, and pass it over everybody's heads to either Bynum or Gasol whichever one has established post position early even when the other team's big man is still trailing downcourt (just imagine Shaq lumbering up the court - huff, puff).

Farmar can come in for Fisher and since he has a good 3 pt shot, he can also play the role of the spot up shooter to space the floor so he 'll also play well for the Bynum/Gasol/Kobe/Odom quartet. Ariza can also come in as a good Kobe substitute with this quartet because although he obviously does not have the skill level of Kobe, he is the closest Laker to Kobe's profile.

I think LO is not smart enough to play 2 positions so I predict that PJ will either keep him as "unconventional PG" or as substitute PF if the PG role does not work.


C: Sasha
PF: Sun
SF: Farmar
SG: CJ Giles
PG: Vlad

Believe me, it would work.

Ken - nice post on Slava.

Why does Lamar have to initiate the offense ? As someone pointed out - hes better at reacting than thinking - good passer but not really a point guard who can set up team mates and create shots for them.

So...

Starting
PG - Kobe

We know he can drive, we know he can shoot the three, we know he can blow by the first defender and create an open shot for someone. The only choice an opposing team has is to double and pressure him away from the basket. If he moves the basket and we got good passers in the game with him - Game!

We know he can defend the opposing PGs as well.

SG - Lamar

One drawback to this is his jump shot. But well, dont TAKE the jump shot, penetrate.

Defense - Im sure he will have his hands full but if the opposing SG is not All star caliber - I think LO can handle it.

SF - Radmanovich or Sasha

Someone to spot up and take the open three from Kobe/LO's drives and Bynum/Paus passes from the post.

I prefer Sasha for his perimeter defense. But we lose a bit of rebounding.

So its a toss up.

PF - Gasol

I dont think this or the next one needs explaining.

Center - Bynum.

This puts our 4 best players on the court at the same time to start a game. - without giving up the shooting thats required of the SF in PJs offense.

Now, first substitution in - Fisher, Bump out the SF and move LO and Kobe one spot up. Also, after a bit, spell Kobe with Sasha or Ariza (or even Karl). Dont want Kobe using up all his energy at PG.

Again this line up I dont think needs explaining. LO - at SF is a bit of a liability because of his erratic shooting. Yet, by this time, teams are used to the fact that he is not taking any jump shots and only driving, I expect them to play off him a bit. Now, if he has an open shot, take it. We'll take our chances.

2nd unit.
PG - JF
SG - Ariza
SF - Luke
PF - Powell(actually I dont know much about Powell, Giles and Mbenga)
Center - Mihm

Just hope Mihm is healthy enough to run up and down the court and help change the pace of the game - the reason last years bench was so effective.

Anyway, use these lineups for the most part except final 8 to 10 minutes of the game.

There you use :

PG - Fisher or Farmar - depending if you want to slow down the game and protect a lead or quicken it and try to build a lead/make a come back.
SG - Kobe
SF - LO / OR Sasha if a bit of 3 point shooting is needed.
PF - Gasol
Center - Bynum / A healthy Mihm.

starters
fFISHER
KOBE
ARIZA
ODOM
PAU

2nd team
FARMAR
SASHA
VLAD
POWELL
ANDREW

3RD TEAM
SUN
COBY
LUKE
MIHM
D.J.

The starting and the ending lineup on the floor is likely going to be Bynum/Gasol/Kobe/Fisher/Odom.
Or Bynum/Gasol/Ariza/Kobe/Fisher if Odom is not playing well and the other team has a good SF that is too quick for Odom to guard.
That means that Kobe and Fisher switch from the 3/2 positions to the 2/1 positions but they are capable of that since they are the 2 most experienced triangle players on the Lakers.
PJ is not likely to put a 5 man bench unit in unless its a blowout.
What PJ has done in the past is to keep either Kobe or LO in with 4 bench players max.
As Pau develops a deep understanding of the triangle, PJ will also likely keep him in w/the bench players.
So the likely bench unit will be Bynum or Gasol (or Mihm/Mbenga) at C, Powell or Vlad at PF, Kobe at SF, Sasha at SG and Farmar at PG.
Or Bynum/Gasol (Mihm/Mbenga) at C, Powell or Vlad at PF, Ariza at SF, Sasha at SG and Farmar or Odom at PG.
Luke when healthy can also come in as "PG" in a forward's body essentially functioning just like Odom.
Even though theoretically, a lot of these players s/d be able to play 2 or 3 positions, PJ will keep it simple by not asking players to be switching roles since the pressure of game time will lead to mental breakdowns if players are asked for too much mental complexity.
I think the only players smart enough on the Lakers to handle role switching are Kobe, Gasol, Fisher and maybe Farmar.

starting 5
fish
kobe
odom
gasol
bynum
odom as point forward.

shifts into
fish
kobe
ariza
odom
gasol
fish on point, lo goes to 4, gasol to 5. bynum rests.

2nd quarter
farmar
sasha
luke?
odom
bynum
not really sure about the 3. maybe vlad instead. sasha/vlad/farmar can spread the floor enough for odom to slice in or for bynum to rampage with ease vs second stringers.

shifts to
farmar
sasha
kobe
gasol
bynum

3rd quarter/start of 4th same as 1st/2nd.

closers
fish
sasha
kobe
gasol
bynum

probably too much burn for bynum. but i wouldn't really want the bench running without him. hopefully mihm and powell can play at a useful enough level to let gasol/bynum rest more during the 82.

Press em - and run and gun em team.

Kobe
Sasha
Ariza
Farmar
Radmanovich

First off, The Lakers need to trade Walton, Karl, Mbenga and Crawford to Minnesota for Mike Miller. Then we'd have a line-up like:

PG-ODOM......./FISHER............./FARMAR
SG-VUJACIC../MILLER............./YUE(NBDL)
SF-BRYANT.../RADMANOVIC
PF-GASOL...../POWELL
C-BYNUM/...../MIHM.............../(MOURNING, MUTUMBO)???

A tall PG like Odom would put all opposing NBA teams at a disadvantage. Vujacic and Bryant would punish teams for double teaming. Gasol and Bynum should be able to rebound, defend the paint and score down low. The bench would be lethal too.


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