It's Walton's time in the Lakers' lineup

It's Walton's time in the Lakers' lineup

There are 14 comments on the LA Daily News story from Dec 15, 2008, titled It's Walton's time in the Lakers' lineup. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Luke Walton started at small forward for the third consecutive game on Sunday night, and Vladimir Radmanovic sat for the third game in a row.

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Raymond Ansong

Roslindale, MA

#1 Dec 15, 2008
Even though the Lakers are doing just fine , there is more to desire when it comes to getting back to defend. As a Laker die hard , I will like the team effort to be increased in matters concerning defence.
The players should put up a positive attitude and fight for every ball as if their very lifes depended on it. This is the only way we can achieve our long term goals of winning a championship.
Jethro

Three Rivers, MI

#2 Dec 15, 2008
The NBA season (82 games) is second only to Major League Baseball (162 games)in the number of games played. With the luxury of a great record, hopefully, the team is being developed to peak at the right time.
Allan

Pasadena, CA

#3 Dec 15, 2008
Just don't understand how Walton can even be in the NBA. His defense is horrible and his shooting is just as bad. For someone who supposedly so smart, watch him on defense and see how confused he looks. I really don't get it.
Goodbye Walton

El Segundo, CA

#4 Dec 15, 2008
He's way overrated. He makes decent passes, that's about all he can contribute. He's a "tweener", too slow to be a small forward, too short to be a power forward. Remember when he was leading the NBA in 3point percentage at one point? What happened? He's horrible at knocking down the 3 ball now?
Wondering Joe the Plumber

Montgomery, AL

#5 Dec 15, 2008
It is what it is - if won't carry your own weight then you need to sit your weight down. The Lakers have enough problems holding leads, playing consistently, minimizing brain freeze, etc, etc. These boys need to come together very quickly 'cause the fans are getting tired of their effortless and disaray performances. They really need to start learning how to playi team and hard ball basketball.
WATTS113

Blacksburg, VA

#6 Dec 16, 2008
GO LAKERS!! LEt's get htat defense back in tact.

Purple N' Gold all the way baby we want another championship!!!!
kArAoKe_king48

Hereford, AZ

#7 Dec 16, 2008
I can only guess that Walton is a better player when he's a starter. Using Walton as a small forward will eliminate threat for 3's but then he could let find the open man and pick up an assists. It opens a lot of opportunity for Kobe, Gasol and Bynum to create a passage in the paint and dominate. GO LAKERS!!! Beat New York...
NY LAker Fan bc of Kobe

United States

#8 Dec 16, 2008
PHIL IS THE MAN!!! He knows what he is doing. GO LAKERS!!!
lou

Fontana, CA

#9 Dec 16, 2008
makes 5 million a year, who cares in this econmy!
eric

Bryn Mawr, PA

#10 Dec 16, 2008
I personally would like to see the lakers package vlade and luke for a solid defensive g/f. My second option would be to offer them both for mike miller. He is a better shooter than vlade, better ballhandler than luke and though he isn't great defensively, he's better at it than either of them. Plus it would free up a roster spot.
eric

Bryn Mawr, PA

#11 Dec 16, 2008
Well, if you don't like my previous post, try this............lamar odom for shawn marion. The lakers would have to add 2.7 mil in salary, but i'm sure we could work it out .

joeblue

Since: Jul 08

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Dec 17, 2008
eric wrote:
Well, if you don't like my previous post, try this..........lamar odom for shawn marion. The lakers would have to add 2.7 mil in salary, but i'm sure we could work it out .
That will work for the lakers give them Walton also, and pay him off maybe miami will think about it!
Tiffany

United States

#13 Dec 17, 2008
i think that luke should be in the startin line up in place of kobe
j-head

San Diego, CA

#14 Dec 20, 2008
I think the last two losses LA's suffered to Miami and Orlando should tell us something about Luke's contribution to the starting lineup. He rarely shoots when he's open, and his assist to turnover ratio must be terrible. I think Kobe was more effective with Vlade and Fish on the perimeter, although the Bynum-Gasol team hasn't really been working well down low either. I know Phil Jackson is just trying to give everyone he needs some good playing time, but it doesn't lead to much in the way of chemistry. I just hope he's imagining a point when they're going to get it together, b/c the team has so much talent but it doesn't seem to add up. Their defense is horrible, and defenses have seemed to adjust well to Lakers offense.

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