Turiaf, Not Walton, May Start Lakers' Season Opener October 6, 2007 - 9:57 am
Los Angeles Daily News -
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."
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.