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Devin Ebanks, Josh McRoberts are your Lakers starters

Dec 23, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

Devin Ebanks Derek Fisher Getty Images

Well, this isn’t going to calm the frazzled nerves of Lakers nation.

Second year player Devin Ebanks will get the start at the small forward over Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes when the Lakers open the season against the Chicago Bull Sunday, coach Mike Brown announced Friday.

Josh McRoberts will start at the power forward spot with Pau Gasol sliding over to center for the suspended Andrew Bynum.

So again your Lakers starting five is Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ebanks, McRoberts and Gasol.

The Chicago Bulls are not impressed. Lakers fans are not impressed.

That said, expect Banks and World Peace to get the key minutes late.

  1. cosanostra71 - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Smdh. Good job Jim Bust.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 24, 2011 at 7:43 AM

      Trust me, starting Ebanks for the season is a good move my friend. Holler at me towards the end of the season, watch what he does and judge the move then.

  2. boomouttahere - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    ‘scuse me, do you mean “Barnes and World Peace”? lolllll

  3. sonofsambowie - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM


    • derekjetersmansion - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      Selita Ebanks’ brother, I believe. Not a typo.

      • derekjetersmansion - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:06 PM

        Correction: Not her brother. Still not a typo.

  4. dalucks - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    The Lakers were a better team during the lockout. I wish this season would have been cancelled instead of me watching the Lakers miss the playoffs this season. I hope the crowd chants Fire Mitch during every home game. This is a terrible team.

    • khandor - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      Once Bynum’s suspension is finished and Kobe’s wrist injury fully heals, the following line-up for the Lakers:

      STARTERS: Fisher + Bryant + Ebanks + Gasol + Bynum
      KEY SUBS: Blake, Barnes, World Peace, McRoberts and Murphy
      RESERVES: Kapono and Walton
      EXTRAS: Morris, Goudelock and Caracter [inj.]

      will still be quite formidable with the bolded players being much better than many so-called [but really illegitimate] NBA observers realize.

      As the season gradually unfolds, it should come as no surprise to see the Lakers finish with the best W-L record in the Pacific Division once again.

      • hoytdadd64 - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM

        I like what i’ve seen from McRoberts so far, he plays with a lot of energy, runs the floor well, and does the little things most don’t do, not the most athletic but he makes up for it with hustle, Ebanks was impressive in the preseason and I hope that continues into the regular season. Lakers got a size advantage most of the time but lack real athletism and speed, Bynum is much more stiff then Dwight Howard, Gasol is lenghty but not quick at all.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 24, 2011 at 7:56 AM

      I wish I could share the same enthusiasm as you about McRoberts, but I watched both games. Kinda curious as to what you saw. Hopefully you are not commenting on what you have heard about his reputation and what you have seen with him in a Pacer uni, but guy was the definition of 3rd string. Very underwhelming and his D was spotty at best. I know he can play and he’s no scrub that doesn’t belong at all, but man, really what game were you watching?

      • khandor - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM

        Josh McRoberts is a much more athletic Big Man than many non-NBA experts realize; and, his skill set is fundamentally sound. In fact, playing for a head coach like Mike Brown, McRoberts [PF] has the capacity to become an even more effective player than Anderson Varejao [PF].

  5. brooklynbulls - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Jimmy Bust basically inherited this team and it’s obvious he is unable to appreciate the legacy that’s been handed to him. His ego and determination to put his own personal stamp on this team are more important than anything else. Through the handling of Jacskon, Shaw, Odom, trade attempts, etc, he reveals his ineptness in running a team and lack of direction. They just seem desparate now. You dont have to be a Laker fan to despise this guy’s reign.

  6. footballgod87 - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Wow. Besides Kobe and Gasol, that starting lineup might be the worst in the league

    • hoytdadd64 - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      Really? Are you sure about that statement? Do you watch the NBA or just comment on comments you heard from people who may or may not watch basketball at all?

    • goforthanddie - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:12 PM

      Good thing Kobe/Pau are allowed to play too, huh?

    • passerby23 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:17 AM

      I don’t know where Helin is getting a 48-win prediction out of this team. Kapono, Murphy, Walton, and Fisher are serious defensive liabilities. This team is old, Kobe is already banged up, and we still don’t know how Bynum is going to hold up for a whole season. I’m saying 40-26 and a first round playoff exit.

    • 9ersurf - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:28 AM

      Really? Really? ………… so you would prefer Charlotte’s, New Jersey’s, Cleveland, Toronto, Milwaukee, and 20 other teams instead? Give me a break — this Laker team is still a darn good one. Ebanks & Morris will step up and surprise this season.

  7. nazraq - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Still hoping the howard deal gets done. Even if this is the team with kobe, pau and bynum it’s still a 3rfd or 4th seed… But no championship so for laker nation it’s not acceptable. Jim get your head out your ass and get it done, you just got a huge tv deal so going over cap should not be a issue.

  8. dspohn55 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    And by Laker fans, Kurt Helin means himself of course

  9. dspohn55 - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Go in there and stomp those punks Chicago

  10. 9ersurf - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Don’t be down on Ebanks — he will surprise!!

  11. dougmanoh - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Khandor is sniffing glue if he thinks this Laker team comes out on top of the Pac. The Clippers just got done bitch-slapping them.

    • stadix093 - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:42 AM

      The wolves slapped them last preseason, I don’t remember them winning their division. PRESEASON man.

  12. footballgod87 - Dec 24, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Really? Are you sure about that statement? Do you watch the NBA or just comment on comments you heard from people who may or may not watch basketball at all?

    Im a Lakers fan, what about Fisher, Ebanks and McRoberts inspires confidence? You gotta be realistic, NONE of those 3 is starting material on a championship team. Kobe and Shaquille in their primes might be to win with this mess, but not Kobe and Gasol

  13. footballgod87 - Dec 24, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    That lineup might be enough to win that division, but that’s not a championship squad. Lakers play for championships

  14. 00maltliquor - Dec 24, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Good, I wanted Ebanks to start! I see some Laker fans arn’t real happy or hot on Devin but let me tell you, this is good. He will be very key for this team coming down the stretch. This kid is a real gamer and Barnes/ Peace will soak up most the min. anyways. He needs to learn and flourish now.

    Man I was hoping this will happen, I’m pumped. And Morris needs time too, hopefully coach sees that early. He will be key too if he gets the time.

    • khandor - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      Devin Ebanks [i.e. think of a better, more physical, version of Trevor Ariza] and Darius Morris [i.e. think of a young, poor man’s version of Tony Parker] are both very solid young players with the ability to make positive contributions to this year’s Lakers team which desperately needed an infusion of youth on the heels of last season’s disappointing end. Josh McRoberts is the type of banger who Mike Brown has made very effective use of in the past [i.e. think of a more athletic version of Anderson Varejao]. Troy Murphy [PF] playing beside either Andrew Bynum or Gasol is going to be a very potent player [i.e. think of the double-double machine who was a former starter for the Pacers]. Once the Lakers decide to use their TPE … and it doesn’t need to be in regards to acquiring a stud like Dwight Howard [C] … their roster is still going to be formidable for the Western Conference Playoffs, as long as they are healthy. Although they won’t play the type of artistically pleasing basketball they did under the direction of Dr. Phil, they will still be a highly effective team, under the capable direction of a defensive-minded head coach like Mike Brown. Those expecting a rapid Lakers’ demise this season will most likely be quite disappointed by season’s end.

      • passerby23 - Dec 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        The problem with this roster isn’t individual talent per se. Troy Murphy is a pretty good player. Ebanks will develop into a nice player. The biggest problem for this Laker squad is going to be defense. The good Laker teams of the past have been stout defensive teams. They were exposed badly by Dallas last year with tired,old legs and poor rotations. They looked pedestrian against a pretty average Hornets team (with no David West). Their core is a year older. Much like the Celtics dynasty came crashing down pretty fast when their core got old, the same is going to happen with these Lakers. You need guys on the perimeter who can create offense when you need it. Outside of Kobe, who is that guy? The second unit is going to be anemic.

        The Howard deal won’t help the Lakers at this point. The asking price would be Bynum and Gasol and they’d have to take on Turkoglu’s bloated contract. That would still leave a big contract on the books, and an even thinner front court. They needed Odom in any deal and that time has passed.

  15. footballgod87 - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Ok, I’ll try, but it won’t be easy, lol

  16. omniusprime - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Fire Mike Brown! What was Kupcake & Dr. Buss thinking bringing in this overhyped playground coach to the mighty Lakers? DevIn Ebanks has a way to go before he’ll be good enough to start. The player formerly known as Ron Artest should be starting, not coming off the bench. While he will be good for shoring up the second team with experience he’s being wasted not matching up against any team’s best small forward or big guard. I wasn’t impressed with how Brown prepared the Lakers for the two preseason games against the Clippers, they just plain stunk.

    What can Brown do for us Lakers fans? Just Lose Baby Lose! Season over before it ever begins.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      Fire the coach before he coaches one game. A coach who’s never had a losing season. A coach who’s used to working with less than he has now.

      You couldn’t be more stupid if you try.

  17. jimsjam33 - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Ah , excuse me for interrupting . What time did you say the Clipper game started ?

  18. urodaddy07 - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Hmmm. I wonder if Mike Brown is bing old who to play? Jimmy seems to have pretty strong opinions about te direction of the team. I wouldn’t be surprised.

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