Broderick Turner of the LA Times wrote:
It's as if Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has become this mad scientist, relishing entering his laboratory to experiment with his test subjects.
Subject No. 1 is Lamar Odom, who started the Lakers' first two exhibition games but came off the bench in Sunday night's win over the Sacramento Kings.
Subject No. 2 is Andrew Bynum, who came off the bench in the first two games but started against the Kings.
His other subjects are Trevor Ariza and Vladimir Radmanovic. Ariza started the first two games but was a reserve Sunday. Radmanovic came off the bench the first two games but started against the Kings.
"I'm alternating a few guys out there together, see how they play," Jackson said.
Only Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol have started all three games.
"Phil is still playing with the lineup," Bryant said. "It's tough to really know what that lineup is going to look like, or what we want to be while he still tinkers with it."
Odom started the first two games at power forward, in which he played a hybrid role, also initiating the offense at point guard. He has started throughout his nine-year NBA career.
It would that seem that Odom's preference is to start, especially considering that this is the final year of his contract.
"That doesn't matter," Odom said Monday. "I'm not the coach. It don't matter. I'm comfortable in my own skin." This, in contrast with his public questioning of Jackson earlier this month. Jackson complimented Odom's play against the Kings, with one exception.
"Did he take a three-point shot when he first got in the game?" Jackson said. "I didn't like that."
Odom is taking it all in stride. He freely talks to the media, but he hasn't had a conversation with Jackson about his role.
"For what?" Odom said. "Everybody in this league knows I can play. I can play anywhere. You need a '4' [power forward], you need a '3' [small forward], I can play there. I can guard centers. I can play in this league."
Jackson said Radmanovic is the starter "right now" at small forward.
As for how long that will last, Jackson smiled at the question.
"I don't know," he said. "We played really well with him out there on the floor, so as long as you play well, coaches are addicted to that kind of stuff."
So Jackson was asked whether Radmanovic would remain in the starting lineup for the team's next game Saturday.
"Weekend is a long ways away," he said. "We just go one day at a time, see how that works."