Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011, 8:30 PM MST
US Airways Center
Official lineup card shows same small starting five w/ Pietrus and Hill at the F, Robin at C and Vince and Nash at G.
BUT, it also says "Suns will confirm lineup when team takes the floor" which is something Gentry usually doesn't do. DRAMA!!
Lakers starting Gasol, Bynum, Artest, Bryant, Fisher and also has the same caveat.
Officials are Bob Delany, Derrick Colilns and Violet Palmer
Pregame Coaches Notes:
- The Lakers locker room and Phil Jackson pregame session was dominated by questions about Lamar's new reality TV show.
- Do you think it will be a distraction? What kind of access will they have? All that E Hollywood stuff
- Jackson did answer a few questions about the game but didn't really say anything
- Gentry wouldn't say what his lineup would be
- Asked about Hedo playing well in Orlando (the game was on in his office) he said he wasn't surprised and that Dwight Howard covers up a lot of things
- "He's playing well. But it doesn't really matter, it just wasn't a good fit here. I mean nothing against Hedo, he's a good player and a good guy. It just didn't work out here like we anticipated so rather then trying to drive a round peg in a square hole we thought it was best to try and change things up." - Gentry
- Gentry is hoping that at some point the chemistry will click and the Suns can go on a 10-2 winning streak and get back in the playoff race. The goal this season is to make the playoffs and then you never know what can happen.
- Both Auburn and Oregon football teams are here. Gentry said he's a fan of the Ducks because they play like the Suns