Remember, everyone, that Medvedenko has yet to play, Rick Fox will play kareem Rush's current role (or Bryon Russell will, either way it is an upgrade) and Cook will give us more scoring (along with slava) off the bench in our front court. Walton will get the opportunity to take minutes away from Bryon and Kareem, so our main 10 man rotation will probably wind up being:
PG: Gary Payton | Derek Fisher
SG: Kobe Bryant | Bryon Russell
SF: Rick Fox | Devean George
PF: Karl Malone | Slava Medvedenko
C: Shaquille O'neal | Horace Grant
With Walton and Cook as our two other actives and Pargo, Rush and Sampson on the Inactive IL. Then, if someone like Russell or Horace gets injured or plays badly enough, we'll have Rush and Sampson to go in and give us a spark, so the bench won't be a problem. We'll be fine. 70-75 wins will be the final result, trust me. In fact, our only losses all year might be the second of back-to-backs because we have an older team. That only happens a half dozen times this year, and we aren't always going to have an emotional behemoth of a game in 2OT every time the day before....get the point...?