L.A. Times: All indications are that the Lakers will open the season with 15 players, the maximum allowed by the NBA.

Early in training camp, the Lakers considered carrying 13 players, which would have given the team flexibility to pick up another player or two during the regular season.

But now it appears, based on their play in training camp, that backup center DJ Mbenga has earned a roster spot and that rookie guard Joe Crawford will get the nod over Coby Karl, who made the team last season as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Guards Brandon Heath and forward C. J. Giles also are pushing for a spot that may be hard to come by.

The Lakers already have 13 players under contract who are assured of making the team.

Crawford was drafted out of Kentucky in the second round by the Lakers with the 58th pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has to make the team for his contract to be guaranteed.

“It’s definitely more pressure coming in not guaranteed,” Crawford said. “You don’t know what these guys [the Lakers' coaching staff] are thinking every day. You just have to stay confident. You’re going to have some bad days, but you have to be strong and pull through it.”

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  • Jack Nicholson

    first.

  • ricky

    yes! get rid of the one demensional coby karl. the only thing this guy knows how to do is shoot, and his shot selection is absolutely terrible. he just bombs 3′s all day and they are always coming up short because he shoots from far behind the arc. i dare say brian cook is actually a better shooter than coby karl. I think we should send him to denver to be with daddy.

    as far as roster spot goes, im very happy about how things have turned out.

    15 is the max but i understand the lakers want 14 or so just so they can be flexible if they come across the need to sign another player or a multi-player deal comes along.

    i expect the lineup as follows once the season starts

    C bynum, mihm, mbenga
    F gasol, radmanovic, powell
    F odom, ariza, walton
    G kobe, vujacic, crawford
    G fisher, farmar, yue

    its a deep roster and im looking for jordan to be a leader again for the bench mob. when sasha returns healthy, i feel his game has improved that he will be a consistent threat to any team.

  • Europeo

    So no Sun Yue lol (it was confirmed he would be playing this season in D-fenders, wasn´t it?).

  • David

    I can’t believe Mbenga is making the team. He’s looked terrible in the preseason.

  • Jack Nicholson

    mbenga should make this team cos of one word.

    tacos.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    I agree about Cobe. He has hustle on offense and defense but too bad he still gets beat, example…He will play hard on defense but still gets beat off the dripple, he plays hard on offense but either drives in and passes or shoots from three and hit the back of the rim.

  • DCLAKER

    I’m going to say this about Crawford…KILLA CROSSOVER!!!

    ANKLEBREAKERS.com,going to a hospital near you.

  • mr.laker19

    Naw naw here is the roster. Or what it SHOULD be.

    Fish/Farmar
    Kobe/Sasha/Yue
    Odom/Ariza/Luke
    Pau/Vlad Rad/Powell
    Bynum/Mihm/ maybe very questionable maybe Daccos

    Everybody else hasnt proved anything to me or us as fans. Yue makes it mostly off of what i saw of him in the olympics. That should be the squad right there, Crawford and maybe even Daccos should be gone to the defenders

  • yellowpurplefever

    We need a jump shooter forward on this team beside Kobe. looks like Coby will be in Denver soon. Crawford will replace him, the last spot will be CJ Giles. Sun will be in the line up once his conditioning is met and also time to learn the Triangle. Mihn and Dacos signed.

  • RAZOR RAMON

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    **correction ‘dacos’

  • DCLAKER

    CJ Giles,please get that last spot.

  • xtro

    Thank God Mbenga earned a spot in the roster. Block party!!

  • Jack Nicholson

    [Comment ID #52507 Will Be Quoted Here]

    i know. i know.

  • xtro

    hope they keep mbenga. you can never have too many centers in a basketball team. hope joe crawford can stay in the roster as well.

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