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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 07:57 PM

InsideSoCal: Phil Jackson suggested he might play forward Luke Walton at guard in upcoming exhibitions. Walton has yet to play in an exhibition after undergoing left ankle surgery during the summer. He is not averse to the idea, willing to play anywhere at any time.

"We're loaded all over the court, at every position," Walton said. "We have versatile people who can play multiple positions. You know, with the triangle, the (small forward) and the (power forward) are pretty much the same position out there. The (point guard) and the (shooting guard) are the same position out there. I know all five positions.

"It's going to be interesting to see how (Jackson) works it. As a player, all you can do is work hard and try to get opportunities to do something."
Walton sounded positively giddy at the prospect of playing Saturday night against Regal FC Barcelona, a Spanish club team, at Staples Center.
"I can't wait to play," he said.



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Posted October 16, 2008 - 08:30 PM

Sounds terrible. He can't handle the ball, nor is he a good shooter. Plus, he'll never be able to defend even the slowest guards.

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 08:34 PM

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 08:35 PM

luke knows the triangle like the back of his hand he has great passing skills and average handels why not try

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 08:35 PM

hmmmmmm. interesting. he doesnt have the speed for it. but his best year, he had a great three point shot. he can be a play maker guard and a set shooter. idk, im curious to see it though. if anything hes gonna play the so called point forward position.

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 08:40 PM

luke knows the triangle like the back of his hand he has great passing skills and average handels why not try


Facilitate from the 3? Maybe.

At guard? He'd give up at least the same amount he produced. Pass.

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 09:42 PM

I can't imagine him at guard. Everytime I see him play it's like he's dribbling in slow motion and when it looks like he's attempting to drive in, he passes it anyway.

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 09:45 PM

For the love of God, please no

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 09:46 PM

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 09:51 PM

hes healthy now dont judge him just yet lets see what he can do

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Posted October 16, 2008 - 10:00 PM

hes healthy now dont judge him just yet lets see what he can do


even if he was healthy i wouldn't play him there

I'm sorry Walton doesn't have the handles to play guard. He'll get picked off quit frequently

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 12:06 AM

Why are everyone so fixed with a player's core/natural position?

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 12:21 AM

I don't think it's necessary to move him to the guard position, but I don't think it'll hurt either. If you move him to the 2 guard position and he becomes a facilitator, that gives the opportunity for the 3 spot player to be more offensive.

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 03:08 AM

Why are everyone so fixed with a player's core/natural position?



Out of position = mismatch at one end of the court...


Ever heard of "Defense wins Championships"???


That's why we haven't won any lately...Luke can facilitate...true. Can he play guard? Not likely. Mediocre to poor athlete, coming off injury, not his natural position...

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 04:34 AM

Am I the only one that read this as playing the guard role in the triangle (initiating the offense), NOT literally playing guard and defending against 2s?

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 07:04 AM

Yeah I was with the mindset of switching roles on different sides of the court when it comes to the particular situation. We dun play D with the triangle.




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Posted October 17, 2008 - 09:17 AM

Am I the only one that read this as playing the guard role in the triangle (initiating the offense), NOT literally playing guard and defending against 2s?


so he's gonna be dumping the ball into Kobe in the post and hang around outside at the 3 point land? lol

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 09:22 AM

so he's gonna be dumping the ball into Kobe in the post and hang around outside at the 3 point land? lol

woo hoo ;)


I'm okay with that if he shoots 3s like he did the year he was rewarded with a nice contract. Luke was money from deep then.

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 09:57 AM

I am giving Luke one more chance this year, to prove if 2006-2007 was a player playing for his contract, or if he will be a decent player in this system. this sounds like a bad idea
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Posted October 17, 2008 - 10:10 AM

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