An otherwise unthinkable comment popped into Mike D’Antoni’s head as he saw his youthful and energetic reserves stage a comeback in an initially dreadful preseason game. “Maybe I should start my bench” D’Antoni said. Sorry Jordan Farmar Jodie Meeks Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill. Those reserves might have each logged double-digit minutes and combined for 59 points in the Lakers’ 108-94 preseason win Tuesday over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. But D’Antoni isn’t actually serious. Yet with Kobe Bryant still healing his left Achilles tendon and Steve Nash staying limited both for fatigue and health reasons D’Antoni sounds open toward fielding a 10-man rotation. Such a move would give the Lakers added depth after D’Antoni mostly played eight players last season so the team’s top-heavy lineup could scrape into the playoffs. “Unless somebody grabs it that could happen” D’Antoni said about fielding a 10-man rotation. “We’ll keep monitoring things. There’s a lot of guys that deserve to play. But one thing I don’t want to do is meander around all over the place.” With Nash Pau Gasol and Nick Young only assured of starting spots the possibilities appear limitless. Chris Kaman could start again at power forward after battling a stomach virus that kept him out of the past two practices and Tuesday’s game. Or the nod could go to Shawne Williams for his outside shooting Hill for his energy or Johnson for his athleticism. The Lakers could start Steve Blake at shooting guard because of his past experience Meeks for his outside shooting or Farmar for his speed. D’Antoni also suggested training camp invitee Xavier Henry will play regularly.
D’Antoni could go 10 deep into Lakers rotation
L.A. Daily News | Oct 25