With Desmond Mason out for the season, Thunder coach Scott Brooks regards the shooting guard position as "flexible,” meaning the player manning that spot today could be on the bench tomorrow.
But Kyle Weaver doesn’t want to go back to the bench, and the rookie guard is using his improbable rise from second-round pick to NBA starter to prove he belongs in the league. Adding some stability to the Thunder’s shooting guard position for the final 31 games will only help bolster Weaver’s case. "I definitely feel like the situation that I have with starting now, I have to make the best of it,” Weaver said. "Because you never know what can happen.” Weaver is one of the few Thunder players who are in the team’s plans as the organization continues to rebuild. General manager Sam Presti traded a second-round pick to Charlotte last summer to acquire Weaver, the 38th overall pick. But between now and the completion of the team’s roster overhaul, Weaver is looking to solidify his place in the rotation. "I’ve been learning a lot along the way,” Weaver said. "I’m a sponge. I’m just soaking it all up right now trying to take advantage of every minute out there.” After playing only sparingly over the first two months of the season, Weaver has started the past five games entering tonight’s road game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thunder at Lakers→Time: 9:30 p.m. →Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles →Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37) →Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM →Live blog: http://blog.newsok.com/nbainokc Three things to know →Lakers center Andrew Bynum is out at least eight weeks after tearing the MCL in his right knee on Jan. 31. →Los Angeles has the league’s best record at 41-9. →The Lakers average a league-best 108.7 points per game. Probable starters