There is no way that Kobe, Shaq, Payton, or Malone will come off the bench. You don't have future hall of famers and possibly the best players for their position come off the bench. For one Payton or Malone wouldn't like that too much. We will need all this fire power at the same time, this way we can dominate other teams and it will allow our other players to develop, (Rush, Walton, Cook, Slava, Pargo) because they will get more playing time due to the majority of our game will be blowouts. Phil will not start Cook, because he is a rookie. What more could Payton and Malone do to prove themselves, they have each been to the finals, have been an all star multiple times, and will be hall of famers, I think they have already proven themselves. Yes, I do think if they have a little difficulty picking up the offense then we might possibly need to have them come off the bench only until they know the offense. We have a sixth man, and his name is Fisher and Fox when he returns from his injury. Fisher is a good PG who will thrive when he can come in off the bench without pressure and play probably players that are more tired or players that are not as good as what he is used to playing. Why we need all 4 of these greats on the floor at the same time is because any of them will be able to score will ease, double teams will almost be non existent against the lakers, because you can't leave any of them open.