Basketball: Lakers trying new combinations in China
BEIJING (AP) - Deprived of the injured Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers will be looking at different player combinations when they face the Golden State Warriors in Beijing on Tuesday.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday he hopes to be able to start thinking about starting line-ups following the Beijing game and another one Friday in Shanghai.
"We've got to keep improving. I'm watching guys who play well together so we can start thinking about starting line-ups and stuff like that," D'Antoni said at a Monday practice session at the western Beijing arena where the teams will play.
"And we have guys competing for jobs. They're trying to earn jobs. So it's a hard time for these players but they're doing well."