Sunday, August 24, 2008

Your 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers

Is it too early to talk about the upcoming season? Now that those pesky Olympics are out of the way, let's project the rotation:

PG - Derek Fisher
SG - Kobe Bryant
SF - Lamar Odom
PF - Pau Gasol
C - Andrew Bynum

6 - Jordan Farmar
7 - Sasha Vujacic
8 - Trevor Ariza
9 - Vladamir Radmanovic
10- Luke Walton
11- Chris Mihm
12- Sun Yue
13- Josh Powell
14- Joe Crawford
15- Coby Karl
16- Dwayne Mitchell

I'd be worried about size off the bench if anyone else in the West had enough to make it an issue. I wonder how much Mihm will play... will he get Turiaf's minutes, or will Josh Powell step into that role?

What will we get out of Sun Yue this year? Will Coby even be on the roster come October? Will Ariza come back to play significant minutes off the bench? Will Luke stop sucking? Will Bynum start to decline after he turns old enough to drink legally a few days before the season opens?

And, let me get Sony started. What about Phil? Has the game passed him by? Is he watching tapes from the finals and realizing that perhaps a good team defensive scheme will be important this year?

2 comments:

Sony said...

I do worry about PHil. There defense has to be better this year. Not sure what can be done, but something must even if its as simple as more practice time.

It'll help to have Bynum around, but you might lose that edge playing him with Odom and Gasol. Tall, yes, but that's a slow team.

The refs call a foul on any defender leaping to contest teh ball, which undercuts height advantage. The game seems to be moving to a position D game, where your defenders race to a spot around the charge line and hold their ground. Our big guys can't really do that well.

Hope I'm wrong....

$9,000,000,000 Write Off said...

I'd be worried about size off the bench if anyone else in the West had enough to make it an issue.

Lamar off the bench-- problem solved.