First, some quick thoughts on the most interesting thing to come out of Lakers training camp so far (and no, letters to Ron Artest are not close, but because he loves to interact with the public and can be direct, we can expect more of that this season, sometimes with people baiting him because they can).
Andrew Bynum could come off the bench.
UPDATE: Probably not, Phil Jackson said after practice today it will still be Odom most likely. But let’s got back to the post, because the discussion still has some merit.
I think that is a fascinating idea, you think other teams had a hard time matching up with Odom off the bench? Plus, Farmar and Bynum have shown chemistry in the past and if that continues it could provide a real spark to the second unit again. Bynum says he just wants to get some burn at the end of games. My comment to Bynum: Then you’ve got to earn that over the course of each game. Part of the end of game lineups will be match-up based, one night Odom may sit, another night Fisher, another night Bynum, another night Artest. But I expect Phil will go with the lineup he thinks gives him the best chance to win each night (except on the nights he decides to experiment or teach a lesson). You want the burn, with this talented and versatile roster, everyone is going to have to earn it. Each game.
Once again bloggers are banding together to do team previews, there will be a few here. But for those that want a look at the Atlantic, here are some link:
Here’s the full list of Atlantic Division Previews.
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks
You’ll here more about this, but mark your Google Calendars for Oct. 23, as a rare Lakers bloggers round table is taking place at ESPN Zone at LA Live, right across from Staples Center. From 6-7 we’ll be talking Lakers, then we’ll be watching that night’s Lakers preseason game against the Nuggets.
I’m going to be there, along with Brian Kamentzky from LATimes.com, Kam Pashai from TheLakersNation.com, Eric Pincus from HoopsWorld.com, Brett Pollakoff from FanHouse.com, Colin Ward-Henniger from Examiner.com, Ryan Kane from LakeShowLife.com, and Gary Lee from LakersNation.com.
It should be a fun night, come watch all of us stare lovingly into Pincus’s eyes.