LINKThe Lakers suited up only 11 players Thursday night, too few for Phil Jackson, who had to think whether he had ever seen so many banged-up bodies so few games into a season.
"No," he said, rattling off a couple of seasons that came close.
John Paxson and Bill Cartwright were out early one season in Chicago. Scottie Pippen had an early-season injury the year Michael Jordan retired.
But as far as actual numbers, four guys out — Kwame Brown, Devean George, Luke Walton and Slava Medvedenko — is the most Jackson could remember.
It's not the way he wanted to start his return to the Lakers.
"No, especially when we've got a couple really young players we'd hope to move around … maybe go down to the Developmental League, come back up and get some experience," Jackson said. "It hasn't worked out for us."
Two of those players — rookies Von Wafer and Devin Green — suited up Thursday. Green scored one point in 17 minutes, and Wafer, a second-round pick out of Florida State, went scoreless in one minute.