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Lakers to start Odom, Gasol, Bynum in one long front line

May 6, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

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All season, the only real chance that Lakers fans got to see what Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum looked like playing at the same time was on NBA 2K11. Because Phil Jackson almost never ran that lineup out there — 2:30 for the entire season. Total.

But with the season on the line — down 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks heading into Game 3 Friday night — and Ron Artest out suspended, Jackson is going to his literally big three.

Lamar Odom said he would be starting for Artest (beside Gasol and Bynum), although Jackson declined to be specific, according to Lakers.com. This is Phil Jackson, what actually happens when the ball goes up may have no resemblance to what was said pregame. But as of now it looks like Odom starts, not Matt Barnes or Shannon Brown as had been expected.

This does some interesting things to the matchups.

It gives the Lakers options in dealing with Dirk Nowitzki, who has been the best player in this series. Odom has had more success as a defender on him than Gasol.

On offense, this moves Kobe to more of a wing attack position, where bringing help defenders could be harder, notes Darius from Forum Blue & Gold. Kobe has gotten just one shot at the rim in two games, this could give him more room to attack (if his ankle can support it). It also pretty much forces Dallas to guard Kobe with Kidd.

Look for Dallas to counter with Peja Stojakovic early — force Odom to come out and defend him at the arc, spreading the floor.

This is going to be one fascinating game.

  1. oumoonunit - May 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    I understand the only reason you have this job is because you used to write for forum blue and gold, but can we please hear about another series than Mavs vs Lakers. I understand your readership might drop off once the Lakers are out, but you might build up a readership across the entire NBA if you actually blogged a little more about, you know, the entire NBA (hence the name probasketballtalk.com) or at least the 3 other series. Please get off the Lakers beat.

    • gemini1512 - May 6, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      Last ten topics from Mr. Helin…

      OKC
      Memphis
      Lakers
      Mavs/Heat
      Bulls/Hawks
      Hawks
      Heat
      Lakers
      Pacers
      Lakers

      So yeah, 3 stories on the Lakers, but it’s not nearly as bas as you make it out.

      • oumoonunit - May 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        When I wrote it 7 of the last 20 (the first page) were mavs vs lakers. That was kind of ridiculous.

  2. mannyfresh209 - May 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Why should he stop writing about the Lakers? They’re the most relevant and interesting storyline right now, especially out of today’s games. And, I despise the Lakers… so no, I’m not homering. Why read the post when the title clearly indicates it’s written about the Lakers? Get a life, my good sir.

    • oumoonunit - May 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      I admit their internal combustion is interesting, but the two tied series are more relevant. I would rather hear about how Rose’s ankle is than the repercussions of Bynum’s comments or Artest’s suspension. Oh sorry the zen master told a joke today…big news.

      • passerby23 - May 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

        Sorry, but the Lakers-Mavs is by far the more interesting story. If the Hawks win another game or two, I think that series becomes relevent, but it’s probably the least entertaining of the four series. The Lakers are the defending champs, in the hole, in drama central, with a player suspension, in Phil’s last hoorah. If the Lakers lose, it’s potentially the end of a dynasty. Much bigger story than the Hawks stealing a game in Chicago.

    • wfon1 - May 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      on espn the lakers are the least team covered. mainly cover east coast teams.
      which is strange because the Lakers are the 2 time nba champions and most relevant, so stop whining, oumoonunit. THUMBS DOWN FOR YOU.

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