Walton will get his second start in row

O.C. Register: Lakers coach Phil Jackson made a radical change to the starting lineup Wednesday, ousting forward Vladimir Radmanovic and inserting Luke Walton in his place.

Walton played just under 23 minutes and scored eight points, with six assists and a pair of steals in a victory against Phoenix.

Radmanovic did not play at all.

As for now, that switch will remain intact.

Jackson confirmed Thursday that Walton would start for the second consecutive game when the Lakers play the Sacramento Kings tonight at Staples Center. It will be the teams’ second meeting in three days and redemption will be in the hearts of the Lakers after they were embarrassed by the Kings (6-16) in a 113-101 loss Tuesday at Arco Arena.

When asked about his decision to bench Radmanovic, who had started the previous 20 games, and replace him with Walton, who had played 58 minutes spaced out over 12 games, Jackson said it did not take much contemplation.

“Actually, it wasn’t something that I took a long time debating about,” he said. “We had been playing well enough and particularly Vladi has been helping us out at the beginning of games.”

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  • LakeShowTime

    GO LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE

  • LakeShowTime

    KE

  • Freshh

    Lakers by 50

  • tbrownla

    I LOVE LUKE BUT GIVE ME A BREAK. IF WE WANT TO IMPROVE ON THE DEFENSE WHAT IN THE WORLD IS PHIL DOING WHEN BOSTON COMES TO TOWN PAUL PIERCE IS GOING TO CONTINUE WHERE HE LEFT OFF IN THE FINALS. I HATE TO SAY IT BUT PHIL IS KILLING THE CHEMISTRY. I HOPE THE TEAM CAN OVERCOME THIS MADDNESS! THE GAME IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND PHIL DOESN’T HAVE A TRUE STARTING LINEUP WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT HIM!

  • Drake Hunter

    Great move…Like I said the only way to trade this guy is to play him so teams can get a general idea of what type of player he is. Hopefully when Luke catches the pass, he won’t shoot but rather pass it off right away to another player so the other scounts won’t know he can’t shoot a lick. The guy couldn’t even make a jumper if he were shooting with a baseball size basketball. I think the Clippers or Knicks could use him. If I were the Lakers and I got an inquiry about the availability of FLuke, I’d ask for a bologne sandwich in return for him and call it an even trade!

  • http://www.nicklachey.us Nick Lachey USA

    I don’t know what you guys are complaining about. Vlade may score a lot but he makes some poor decisions on the court. The thing that I don’t understand is why hasn’t anyone explained why Vlade is not playing AT ALL? Is Vlade about to get traded?

  • ojt

    wtf!Luke must really be taking care of pj better than jeannie.Luke can’t jump’defend,shoot,or pass(gets lucky at times).Luke is the new kwame brown.the lakers have to get rid of this scrub.wtf!is wrong with pj,he is a spectator rather than a coach.

  • Makaveli

    I think Phil Jackson is tryin to get him to get some playing time so he can get his confidence up again. Phil jackson is that type of coach that you can’t quesiton, but always have something up his sleeve.

  • gugy

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    I agreed with you.
    The hard part is to deal with Luke and Vlad. I wished we did not have to see these guys on Lakers uniform at all.

  • Big Phil

    I 2nd Drake Hunter’s trade idea…bologne sandwich or bag of peanuts will do fine for Fluke.

  • Logic Guy

    THE ZEN MASTER HAS LOST IT— He says their biggest problem is defense. He has about eight guys who think they are facilitators. About a week ago they were saying how effective defensively Vlade has been this year plus, he is the team leading three point shooter. What does the Zen Master do? He he replaces the best shooter and the effective defender with another “Fluke” facillator that can only do one thing. (Facillatate) Remember last year when on national TV the announcers said that if Kwame Brown and Luke Walton continue to start for this team they will not make the playoffs. Our senile zenmaster has forgotten that. These guys can get enough offense by accident to beat most of the West, but defense is another story. The poor communications with the player in this instance, along with the many guys on this team that think they have a legitimate gripe leads me to think the Zen Master is loosing this team fast.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    It’s possible some other team’s GM has been impressed with Walton’s basketball prowess from back in the day, and might feel that Luke, if healthy, could be compatible with what they are trying to do… And therefore, have asked the Lakers’ Brass to play Luke for an agreed upon period of time, in order to dispel any permanent, physical regressions, due to injury! …And maybe, just maybe this is a short show-case to an up-coming trade! …Cuz, it doesn’t make any other sense to this move, especially right at the time, when VladRad was Ballin like never before!