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:
||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|
|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|
- 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.
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