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)
|Shot 28.2% while nursing a knee injury in preseason
|Lost nearly 20 pounds from last season
|Nursing thumb, nose, and back injuries, but is OK to play
|Missed first 11 games of 2009-2010; possibly healthiest Laker right now
|Made 9 of 19 three-pointers and averaged 1.5 steals in the preseason
|Had 29 assists and 10 turnovers in the preseason
|One of seven Lakers to play all 8 preseason games
|Missed three games with a concussion but played final two games
|Averaged 15.3 minutes during preseason
|Rookie figures to see minutes with depleted front line
|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 coachreceives 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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