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Gilbert Arenas wants Lakers to run an ultra-big ‘lineup that would kill’

Gilbert Arenas, Lakers

Gilbert Arenas joined Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, and Arenas noted his desire to see the Lakers deploy an ultra-big lineup in the coming season to help them win a title. This lineup would consist of LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee.

For now, it doesn’t appear as though the Lakers are planning to utilize this lineup, but they certainly have the assets to do so if needed:

“Who do you think is going to win the championship this year?” Gilbert was asked.

“Lakers,” Gilbert confidently replied. “I mean, they’re just big. The whole team is versatile. They can do a lineup that would kill: LeBron at the point, Kuzma at the two, Anthony Davis at the three. Then you can go JaVale and Dwight (in the frontcourt).

“In hindsight, you’d be like, ‘Oh, they’d get killed,'” Arenas continued. “Where? Not on defense. On defense, you’d have (players who are) all 6-10 and above, just locking down. Play like a zone type and just say, ‘Oh, go to the basket.’ You’d have five freak athletes jumping, trying to block that shot.”

Arenas brought up an interesting point with his next statement. Under his parameters, LeBron would serve as the Lakers’ point guard, which certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Gilbert argues that this strategy would cause fits for opposing sides:

“The point guard, whoever you’ve got… Chris Paul, Kyrie (Irving)… you have to guard LeBron,” Arenas pointed out. “Or, you have to guard Kuzma.”

“No one is paying attention to how big this team really is,” Arenas said in closing.

The Lakers will be back in preseason action on Saturday, when they’ll face off against the Brooklyn Nets in Japan. Tip-off inside the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre is set for 7:30 a.m. ET.