Report: Lakers announce brand-new starting lineup for game vs. Pelicans

Robert Marvi
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The extremely shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers are about to take the court against the New Orleans Pelicans, sans LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Their new starting lineup has a surprise, as their usual starting center, Marc Gasol, is still unable to play due to being placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Devontae Cacok is on a two-way contract with both the Lakers and the G League’s South Bay Lakers. At 6-foot-8, he’s undersized in the pivot, but he does weigh 240 pounds.

He has shown some potential as a rebounder and someone who can use his physicality to his advantage.

After winning their first four games after the All-Star break, the Lakers have now lost back-to-back games.

With both its superstars out for an unknown amount of time, the team could very well go into a prolonged slump and lose ground in the Western Conference standings unless multiple players step things up offensively.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.