Hoping to get their sluggish offense moving again, Lakers coach Phil Jackson returned power forward Lamar Odom to the starting lineup and sent center Andrew Bynum to the bench for Game 2 tonight at Staples Center. Pau Gasol moved from power forward to center to complete the shuffle.
“The damned if you do, damned if you don’t aspect is that we know we need rebounding and shot-blocking and size with Andrew in there if we’re going to be very successful this season,” Jackson said. “We’re not as forceful or as intimidating in the paint if we don’t have him. But we’re so much better at the offensive end (with Odom).”
Also, Luke Walton returned to the active roster after sitting out two games because of a sprained left ankle. Walton, a backup forward, was hurt in Game 4 against the Utah Jazz.