Brown soon may return to starting five

first_imgJackson said the Lakers would wait to see what comes out of Odom and Luke Walton’s respective visits to the doctor today before determining whether to pursue Pippen. The Lakers would have to release a player to add Pippen to the roster. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brown reprised his role from last season’s playoffs, when he was the “Inside Man” in the Lakers’ game plan against the Suns. Yet Jackson wasn’t ready to commit to making the anticipated change of starting Brown and bringing Bynum off the bench. “He looked all right to me,” Jackson said of Brown. “That’s the best front against a guy like (Amare) Stoudemire with his quickness and his power. It’s just going to depend on the opponents and what type of game we’re going to have.” PHOENIX – Not even 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter of Sunday’s game, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson had seen enough to make a switch. He brought Kwame Brown in for Andrew Bynum, then went on to play Brown the bulk of the second half. Brown finished with six points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes in his second game back from an ankle injury. He played nearly 19 minutes in the second half, with Jackson saying Brown “looks like he’s getting back and ready.” center_img Bynum made all three shots he took but threw away two passes in the lane and was called for traveling. Jackson removed Bynum after watching as the 19-year-old gave Steve Nash room to shoot coming off a pick-and-roll. Bynum did have one of his best games of his young career against Minnesota, the Lakers’ next opponent on this four-game road trip. The prospect of a season-ending injury to Lamar Odom seemingly would increase the Lakers’ interest in signing Scottie Pippen, who wants to make a comeback at age 41. And Jackson said he talked last week to Pippen about his plans. “I did get in touch with Scottie,” Jackson said, “but it was just kind of preliminary talk about how he’s doing, where he’s at and how he feels.” Pippen, who last played for Chicago in the 2003-04 season, has said he would like to play for a championship contender. The Lakers, sixth in the Western Conference standings, might not fit the bill. last_img read more