Lakers Set Opening Night Roster Against Rockets

On the eve of the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener against the Houston Rockets tonight at Staples Center, the opening roster was set. Here's a look at the opening night roster for the Lakers, with some notes:

Starters

Pos Player Comment
PG Derek Fisher           
Made half of his three-pointers in the preseason (5-of-10)
SG Kobe Bryant Shot 28.2% while nursing a knee injury in preseason
SF Ron Artest Lost nearly 20 pounds from last season
PF Lamar Odom Nursing thumb, nose, and back injuries, but is OK to play
C Pau Gasol Missed first 11 games of 2009-2010; possibly healthiest Laker right now

 

Reserves

Pos Player Comment
G Shannon Brown Made 9 of 19 three-pointers and averaged 1.5 steals in the preseason
G Steve Blake Had 29 assists and 10 turnovers in the preseason
F Matt Barnes One of seven Lakers to play all 8 preseason games
G Sasha Vujacic Missed three games with a concussion but played final two games
C Theo Ratliff Averaged 15.3 minutes during preseason
F Derrick Caracter       Rookie figures to see minutes with depleted front line
G Devin Ebanks Rookie made 17 of 19 free throws during preseason

 

Injured

  • Andrew Bynum is out until at least Thanksgiving, if not December, as he recovers from right knee surgery.
  • Luke Walton is out with a strained right hamstring.

In addition, tonight is ring night, and the Lakers will get their rings in different ceremony, per Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register:

It will be a unique ceremony, with a format meant to reflect the deeper bonds that go into being back-to-back NBA champions. After Lakers coach Phil Jackson receives his championship ring, he will take the Staples Center public-address microphone and do a brief, self-scripted introduction of the first Lakers player. Each player will come forward to receive his ring – and then perform his own individual introduction for the next player.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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