L.A. Times: Is the Lakers’ rotation set yet?

“Um, not even close,” Derek Fisher said, smiling.

That’s because the Mad Scientist, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, still is in his laboratory tinkering with his formulas.

The team has played eight exhibition games and yet nothing is definitive.

The Lakers open the season tonight at Staples Center against the Portland Trail Blazers, and Monday, Jackson still wasn’t forthcoming about his starting lineup.

“No, I won’t say I’ve settled,” Jackson said, “but I have a good idea, a real good idea.”

With Jackson, it’s never good to assume, but the assumption is that Vladimir Radmanovic will start at small forward alongside Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant. The other assumption is that Lamar Odom will come off the bench.

After all, Radmanovic started the last six exhibition games and his outside shooting forces teams to extend their defense.

So, he was asked, does he expect to start tonight?

“Well, I haven’t been told differently,” Radmanovic said . “I’m expecting to start.”

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