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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Says He Could Have A 10 Man Rotation Reviewed by Momizat on . In the Lakers win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night, head Coach Mike D'Antoni had a strict 10-man rotation. After starting with a Nash-Blake-Young-Williams-Gas In the Lakers win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night, head Coach Mike D'Antoni had a strict 10-man rotation. After starting with a Nash-Blake-Young-Williams-Gas Rating:
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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Says He Could Have A 10 Man Rotation

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Mike D'AntoniIn the Lakers win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night, head Coach Mike D’Antoni had a strict 10-man rotation. After starting with a Nash-Blake-Young-Williams-Gasol unit, the only guys who came off the bench were Farmar-Henry-Meeks-Johnson-Hill. Of course, Chris Kaman would have been a part of that rotation had he been healthy enough to play, but D’Antoni says that he’s likely to stay with a 10-man rotation.

“10 we can do, 11 makes it a little tougher. We’ll see and we’ll try to keep everybody. The season’s long and guys will have opportunities. People get hurt and people get tired and we shouldn’t have that problem. For some guys we’ll have to say ‘we’re getting to you,’ but it’s a fine line of playing guys too many minutes or not enough.”

Last season, rotations were a problem for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant was consistently logging 40 minutes a night while D’Antoni struggled with what he was going to do with Pau Gasol all season. With Dwight Howard gone, it seems as if D’Antoni has figured out what he’s going to do with his front court rotations, but has a bit of work to do to figure out what to do with his back court.

The Lakers are a bit deeper on the wings and at the point guard position with the additions of Farmar, Henry, Young and Johnson, all of whom should take some stress and minutes away from Bryant, who was carrying the load for the wings last season.

D’Antoni still hasn’t announced his starters for Opening Night, but the team should have a set 10-man unit who will play in all meaningful minutes against the Clippers on Tuesday.

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  • Jim213

    Wouldn’t expect a 15 man roster if the coach plays 10. 1/3 of the players sitting out? But 10 for now and once KB24 returns 11.

  • kobe24

    Well, i’d expect no Sacre, Harris, Kelly which makes the rotation too 12 no kobe so thats 11. Who will be the odd man out? Meeks? Henry???

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      If the preseason plays is to be the reference, I would bet it would be Henry over Meeks.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Henry is just too skilled and has more in his arsenal for Meeks to overcome.

      • Daryl Peek

        Henry and Meeks are way too good together defensively with Farmar and Johnson not to be a second unit rotation. Kaman will play center and Hill might squeak in from time to time.

    • Daryl Peek

      Hill.

      Kaman will be back. I think Hill should get the minutes but MDA will defer to small ball first.

  • Daryl Peek

    Exactly what I expected to happen this season.

  • Zimmeredge

    well that’s right now that you realize that one or two good lads might be left at the end of the bench. With Kaman returning against the clippers. Williams will be back on the bench on tuesday (match-up Jordan-Griffin/Kaman-Gasol). Therefore, Johnson, who played well as a strech four btw) will play less minutes.
    Then Kobe’s returning. It’ll push Blake on the bench. This is a good thing because he’s the type of player we need coming of the bench. But Henry and/or Meeks won’t be involve anymore. Two good defenders. Two energizers. Henry might be over Meeks offensively.
    Of course Bryant’s return will raise the question of having him and Young at the same time on the court.
    To balance the team strenghts i’ll put Johnson as a starter. he’ll bring his defense and he doesn’t shot a lot. Or you put the Mamba as a point forward and play blake alongside him.
    Based on match-ups D’antoni will have to make some tough choices. We have players that are reliable night in night out (Farmar, Blake, Hill) others are simply well-known for their irregularity (Meeks, Johnson, Young, Williams, Henry). For us to make a good season those irregular players will have to become reliable to carry the load both offensively and defensively.

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