Daily News: Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol will play together for the first time tonight in the Lakers’ exhibition opener at the Honda Center.
Kobe Bryant will shift from shooting guard to small forward. Derek Fisher will move from point guard to shooting guard. Lamar Odom will go from small forward to point guard.
Or more accurately, Odom will move from power forward to point guard, bypassing his anticipated role as a small forward as Lakers coach Phil Jackson begins his promised starting lineup experiments during the eight-game exhibition season.
Jackson’s tinkering would make for compelling theater on its own, but there’s the added bonus of the Lakers hitting the court for the first time since their humiliating 39-point loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last June.
Could this be the most anticipated exhibition game in recent Lakers’ history?
Jackson’s training camp shuffling certainly has piqued the interest of his players.
Bryant, for one, said he is looking forward to watching 7-footers Bynum and Gasol playing together tonight against the Utah Jazz.