LOS ANGELES – When Luke Walton arrived at the arena on Monday night, he had narrowed to two his options for patching together a lineup ravaged by injuries.
One choice had him moving Jordan Clarkson into the starting backcourt, but that would have meant breaking up the Lakers NBA-best bench. The second option was less obvious but offered some hope defensively against the Utah Jazz. It called for starting a 37-year-old Metta World Peace along with Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram, along with Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov.
Who is the point guard? Who is the shooting guard? Which one of the three small forwards is the small forward?
“I like unconventional,” Walton said, after pulling the trigger in one of the most peculiar starting lineups to take the floor in a modern NBA game. It didn’t work, the Lakers (10-13) lost, 107-101, but there was a lesson within that…