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Old 10-06-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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Turiaf, Not Walton, May Start Lakers' Season Opener October 6, 2007 - 9:57 am
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At the end of a routine day, Lakers coach Phil Jackson caused a minor stir by saying he was considering starting forward Ronny Turiaf ahead of Luke Walton when the season begins Oct. 30.

It had nothing to do with Walton's strained right hamstring, which prevented him from practicing Friday. It had everything to do with Jackson's desire to add Turiaf's energy to the starting five.

"We'll see how it goes," Jackson said. "It's still a long time away from tip time, but I know we have to have starters coming off the bench to be a good team."

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Old 10-06-2007, 10:45 AM   #2
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"We'll see how it goes," Jackson said. "It's still a long time away from tip time, but I know we have to have starters coming off the bench to be a good team."



Turiaf may start preseason games, which don't count.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Damn, Luke Walton is actually fun to watch. He's just a do-it-all except D type of player. But I still like Ronnie too. Be fun to see how it develops.
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Old 10-06-2007, 11:14 AM   #4
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this is crazy... Walton > Odom >>>>>> Turiaf
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:32 PM   #5
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Walton > Odom
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:34 PM   #6
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****. Why Phil, why?
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:36 PM   #7
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Default Re: Walton no longer a starter

Lakers are getting ready for another fun PHX Suns - LA Lakers early 1rst round exit again. Cool.
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:48 PM   #8
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Odom is a better defender than Walton at SF
Turiaf is a better defender than Odom at PF

Lakers automatcially improve defensvely.
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #9
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Default Re: Walton no longer a starter

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****. Why Phil, why?
He says why. He wants starters coming off the bench, so that it's easier to always have a couple good players in the game. Most NBA teams start their 5 best players, and then go through stretches where almost all 5 of them are on the bench.

Makes more sense to start 3 or 4 of your best guys, and bring 2 of them off the bench. You can still give them all the minutes they deserve.

I know Popovich has brought Ginobili off the bench a lot.
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:19 PM   #10
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Odom is a better defender than Walton at SF
Turiaf is a better defender than Odom at PF

Lakers automatcially improve defensvely.
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:51 PM   #12
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Maybe it is an attempt to motivate Walton.
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It's not that crazy. It's not like Walton would be buried on the bench all of a sudden - he'd make a great 6th man on any team.
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this is crazy... Walton > Odom >>>>>> Turiaf



It took me awhile to figure out your post.
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:11 PM   #15
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Damn, Luke Walton is actually fun to watch. He's just a do-it-all except D type of player. But I still like Ronnie too. Be fun to see how it develops.

Is this new type of player description going to be what most NBA players will aspire to?
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