The Lakers came out strong last night and finished off weaker than weak. Tex Winters came out to the newspapers and made it publicly known that Lamar Odom and Luke Walton were the concentration of the team’s struggles at this stage. “Lamar and Luke need to hit their open shots.”
This got me thinking, perhaps Luke Walton isn’t truly an NBA starter…
I started playing around with the team’s line-up and came up with, what I believe, to be a pretty interesting idea.
What if Phil Jackson were to take Walton out of the starting line-up and move Kobe, the 6′7″ star that can play any position, to small forward? That leaves a starting line-up of Fisher, Kobe, Lamar, and Kwame so far. Now there are two options that the Lakers have. PJ can either use the fourth spot to play Ronny with Kwame or Vujacic or Farmar with Fisher in the back court. Then, another issues comes up.
Ronny can not start with Kwame because then we really don’t have a backup center while Andrew Bynum is down. With that idea eliminated we are down to two scenarios, starting either Farmar or Vujacic with Fisher. Fisher is 6′3″, Farmar is 6′1″ (if that) and Vujacic is 6′7″.
Fisher is clearly staying in the starting line-up, so who comes in? Farmar is a great point guard but he has been spectacular as a back up point guard because of his ability to step in Fisher’s shoes and do just about everything he does, sometimes even better. Vujacic has never been looked at as an NBA starter but perhaps its time we give him a little bit of credit. Vujacic is a crafty ball handler and a superior shooter. With Kobe demanding double teams, and Lamar and Fisher consistently moving off the ball, Vujacic should have enough open shots to bury the other teams.
A back court of 6′3″, 6′7″, 6′7″ and a front court of 6′10″ and 7′0″ might not be that bad while Andrew is down. Someone get me Phil Jackson’s e-mail address, its time he hears my thoughts!