Lakers Coach Luke Walton Doesn’t Know First Five

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Just a couple hours before the Los Angeles Lakers kick off their 2016-17 preseason opener at Anaheim.

However, head coach Luke Walton has stated he does not the first five players he’ll field against the Sacramento Kings.

“I don’t know,” Walton said Monday when asked to name his starting unit. “We’ll figure it out before game time.”

When asked if Julius Randle were the favorite to start at power forward, Walton admitted that there are frontrunners for certain positions, but as of now the race for starting spots is open.

“We don’t know our starters yet,” he said. “We’ll figure it out later today. It’s open. I have an idea of who the frontrunners are, but we haven’t really sat down to make the final decision on that yet.”

If Monday’s practice is any indication, though, the Lakers will roll with their projected starting five: D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, Luol Deng and Randle at the forward spots, and Timofey Mozgov at center.



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