Lakers have no plans to sign a new point guard
The Lakers obviously will try to win without Steve Nash, however long it takes for his return. They’ll do it with their current roster.
Despite the availability of Delonte West and Derek Fisher, the Lakers don’t plan to add a point guard while awaiting Nash’s return from a small fracture in his left leg that will sideline him anywhere from one to four weeks.
The reasoning is simple. The Lakers already have five point guards on their $100-million roster, including rookie Darius Johnson-Odom, a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game against Detroit.
Steve Blake started against the Pistons and had six points and six assists in the Lakers’ 108-79 victory. He tied a career high with five steals.
“Just trying to be active. Taking notes from Ron Artest,” Blake said, referring to Metta World Peace.
Second-year guard Darius Morris had six points and two assists in 15 minutes as a reserve. Veteran point guard Chris Duhon did not play until late in the fourth quarter, meaning the job belonged to Blake and Morris until further notice.
“I think he did a phenomenal job tonight getting us into our sequences,” Kobe Bryant said of Blake. “He shot the ball very well, and made very sound decisions.”
The Lakers will be tested by a flurry of point guards in the near future.
Mo Williams is off to a torrid start for Utah, averaging 22 points and 6.3 assists. Then come Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas, San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Phoenix’s Goran Dragic.
Beyond that, the Lakers play Houston (point guard: Jeremy Lin), Brooklyn (Deron Williams), Sacramento again, Memphis (Mike Conley) and Dallas (Darren Collison).
Morris, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, is beginning a now-or-never season. He is in the last year of his contract.
He had some moments to savor against the Pistons, corralling an off-target length-of-court pass from World Peace and finding Dwight Howard for a fastbreak alley-oop dunk.
“I know he likes to run and I like to run,” Morris said.
Then he converted a more accurate long pass from World Peace for a fastbreak layup of his own.
Morris wasn’t perfect, airballing a short floater in the second quarter. He made two of five shots.
Before the game, Lakers Coach Mike Brown said the extra playing time would “help his growth.” Afterward, Morris said he was relatively happy with his progress, however incremental it might have been.
“I’m really just blessed to have this opportunity on a veteran team … to show people kind of what I can do,” he said.
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