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With the Los Angeles Lakers extremely thin at the point guard position, the team will be forced to go with a player that is only weeks removed from playing in the D-League.

As a result of Jordan Farmar going down with a torn hamstring once again, the recently signed Kendall Marshall will take over as the starter against the Utah Jazz on Friday night according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

The Lakers have been ravaged by injuries all season long with Farmar being the latest victim. Farmar had only played two full games before going down with another hamstring injury in a different location in the same leg.

As for Marshall, the former lottery pick has only played in four games since being signed by the team. Marshall was brought in to help shoulder the load in the backcourt following the knee injury to Kobe Bryant.

Along with Bryant and Farmar, the Lakers are also have Steve Blake, Xavier Henry and Steve Nash on the shelf. Needless to say, the team desperately needs their backcourt players back healthy if they want to salvage this season.

Currently, the Lakers are sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference with a record of 13-19. The team has also lost six straight games with a rough road trip on the horizon in which the Lakers will play 11 of their next 13 games away from Staples Center with the exception of the matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 10.

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  • kobe24

    Haha what a twisted turn of events…Who would’ve expected KENDALL MARSHALL to be the Lakers starting point guard

    Anyhow, hope he proves to the NBA that hes worth it and contributes to the Lakers cause this kid has alot of potential just never had a chance and this is his chance to shine.

    • Brandon Leong

      It doesn’t matter who starts as long as they perform well..who knows Dantoni might spark another “Linsanity” with Kendall?

      • kobe24

        Lets be real, Linsanity is one of those things that happen once every couple years.

        However, I do hope Kendall Marshall performs well I like his game and after all he was supposed to be the next “Steve Nash” in terms of passing abilities in Phoenix it just never happened.

        And with ball demanding scorers like Kobe, Young, and heck even Melo (if he does come) a passing PG is good for the Lakers rather a scoring PG

        • Brandon Leong

          At times like these, you need to stay positive and hope that better things/great things will come your way to a team you support. Linsanity doesnt happen at all, not if i remembered for a bench warmer to dominate consecutively while winning and putting up all-star numbers, say what you want, there’s no scouting report on him and whatnot, he’s able to do it, and i think with Dantoni’s system, with so much emphasis and offense starting from the pick and roll with the PG, he will be able to put up big numbers. Kendall’s first game was horrendous 5-6 to’s? probably jitters, but now he knows he’s in the spotlight and has to prove himself, its like a make or break moment for him, and i’m not going to talk about his past saying he was supposed to be nash’s successor, lets look at the present. He played pretty limited minutes vs the Jazz and put up 10p 7ast? that’s pretty good for someone unknown in the league. it shows that the system favours highly of the pg and i believe this is the only way to go.

          Good luck on our next game! win or lose, I will not diss the coaching staff/management/team. everyone starts jumping when we lose. accept it and hope for the best as fans!

  • Lakers Fan

    Duh! Who else is going to start?

  • Gregory Choa

    You know you’re in trouble when…you start your 6th different point guard in a single season.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kendall Marshall won’t disappoint anyone,he will be one of the best PG in the NBA.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeap i think Kendall Marshall will be awesome as a starter on the Lakers.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    I am intrigue with this kid Kendalll Marshall… he may just be the PG we were looking for… excellent court vision and passing ability… not a scoring PG but can knock down shots when needed.Must improve on his one-on-one defense though.

  • Asian Jerry West

    Just stay with him and nurture his confidence and Kendall will become the second greatest point guard in laker history….Lenny Wilkins clone

  • LakersHeatBeef

    LOL people are going to remember me saying Kendall Marshall is going to be great as a PG.Just like when fans booed the Suns drafting Dan Majerle or whatever everyone will understand what i mean when i say Kendall Marshall will prove you he is who i say he is.3 down votes and counting wow lets give it a rest people.

  • LakeShow

    I think with MDA system, Marshall is going to thrive. He has a really good passing ability and able to knock down 3-pointers. I think he lacks confidence when he entered the league but now given the opportunity and experience gained from D-League, it’s going to be his breakout season just like Xavier Henry.

    Worst case scenario, he’s going to be Lakers bench player: –

    PG: Kendall Marshall
    SG: Xavier Henry
    SF: Nick Young
    PF: Ryan Kelly
    C: Robert Sacre

    Except for Young, all are under 25. Future look good for Lakers. Now, FO need to focus on finding the starters.

  • Suns Fan Suns Man

    Kendall Marshall is another Tony Parker.Lakers second best PG ever.

  • The Hype Man

    My belief is Kendall Marshall will be one of the top 10 point guards in the NBA within the next two or three seasons. I had the chance to see this gifted floor leader play a few times and review the DVR on some of his big college games.Simply a very smart player with very high basketball IQ.Coach Roy Williams had this to say about Kendall Marshall “He is the best passer he has ever coached”.

    Verdict: Perennial all-star who plays for winning teams.

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