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Get the wheels spinning

October 6, 2008 |  1:56 pm

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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