Looks like Ronny has a shot at starting this season. I don’t know if I’m all for this or not. Luke seems to make things run smoothly out there; Odom at the 3 didn’t really work out that great for us either.
PE: He has been called the Lakers’ “silent warrior,” even though Coach Phil Jackson says Ronny Turiaf is “an outspoken guy.”
But it’s that warrior mentality, that energy and effort and defensive intensity that had Jackson saying after practice Friday that Turiaf has positioned himself to have a bigger role.
“I plan on starting him,” Jackson said. “I really am seriously considering starting him. Those positions are so wide open. He’s a guy that can bring energy to the game, the kind of start we need to have with a physical front. He’s a guy that can block some shots.”
It had been assumed that Luke Walton would start at small forward and Lamar Odom at power forward, just like last season. But Jackson is toying with the idea of bringing Walton off the bench.
Jackson was asked if he had told Walton about his plans.
“No,” Jackson responded.
Is Walton OK with that?
“He’s OK with it,” Jackson said, laughing.