|Lakers trying new combinations in China with Bryant out|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Monday, 14 October 2013 23:15|
Lakers trying new combinations
BEIJING (AP) - With an injured Kobe Bryant on the bench, the Los Angeles Lakers will be looking at different player combinations when they play the Golden State Warriors.
``We have guys competing for jobs,'' Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said at practice Monday. ``They're trying to earn jobs. So it's a hard time for these players but they're doing well.''
The Lakers play two exhibition games against the Warriors: in Beijing on Tuesday and in Shanghai on Friday.
The China trip is part of the NBA's Global Games, an effort to promote the league's global brand. The league played its first international game when Washington visited Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel in 1978. By the end of this season, the NBA will have played nearly 150 of them, including 18 during the regular season.
Pau Gasol said the Lakers have enough on offense to make up for Bryant's absence.
``It's just a matter of having everybody else healthy so we have as many guys as possible to be able to make up for Kobe's absence,'' he said.
``They don't have Kobe and probably won't for a little bit, but they've still got a lot of talent,'' Curry said.
``I think it was an unfortunate year,'' Bryant said. ``We got so many injuries, decimated with injuries. But ... we're looking forward to getting back out there this year and making up for lost time.''