O.C. Register: Welcome to Lamar Odom’s starting-lineup limbo, Andrew.
Unless Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol find a flow on the floor together soon, Bynum could begin the regular season on the Lakers’ bench.
“It has been mentioned,” Lakers consultant Tex Winter said of the coaching staff’s internal discussions. “We played pretty well last year without him.”
If Lakers head coach Phil Jackson were still toting that cane around, he’d have spent most of training camp pointing it up at Bynum and Gasol, both 7 feet tall, and what they have been doing wrong as a twin-tower tandem.
“Right now, they’re very clumsy; they’re not working well together,” Jackson said. “We’ve got a group that played very well together last year. There are some things that we have to discuss and see how long we drag this out – or how quickly we facilitate it, because I think we have got the ability to play exceptionally well if we use all our skill players.”
Said Winter: “The complexion of our team changes considerably when you’re playing Gasol and Bynum together. That’s going to be a real project to work that out so both those guys can play up to their potential and really show what they can do.”