It was the story of the preseason and it's becoming the story of the early regular season that won't go away.
When the ORL's post-free agency roster took shape, its multitude of options at shooting guard was the one thing that stood out like the streaking basketball logo on the side of the players' shorts.
So many bodies, so few spots in the eight-man rotation.
But just four games into the season, it's clear that the shuffling and experimentation at that position is anything but concrete.
ORL Coach Stan Van Gundy won't say that he's out of the mix but the clock on J.J. Redick's stint in the rotation -- if it hasn't expired -- is at the very least paused.
With Mickael Pietrus playing through foul trouble in the first half, Van Gundy again went with Keith Bogans as the first reserve off the bench Monday in a victory over Chicago.
The ninth guy off the bench was rookie Courtney Lee, with Redick remaining on the bench for the first time since the start of the regular season, stuck in a shooting slump that has him 0-for-8 on the year.
Bogans was strong, his 13 points a season high to go along with five rebounds in 27 minutes of action. He did it efficiently, too, connecting on 3-of-6 shots (including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc) while also helping contain the Bulls' guard play as they mounted a comeback in the final quarter.
Van Gundy was complimentary of Bogans' performance but hard on the rest of his shooting guards, including Pietrus, who again was hampered by foul trouble.
"Bogans has been the only guy that we were a plus with when he was on the floor," the coach said. "We are struggling and he was the only guy that has been a plus. It was an easy decision [to play him]."
But Van Gundy did not overlook some lapses on both ends from Bogans late in the game, which is making the coach shake his head with finding a solution for their continued woes at the position overall.
"Maybe it's just that position," the coach said. "Whoever we put there is not going to be able to make a shot, I don't know."
Bogans said afterward that he didn't allow a slow start to the preseason to get in his head entering the season.
"I've just waiting my turn," he said. "I haven't done much different. Everything has been the same. I just had to make sure I stayed ready. I didn't play as much as I wanted in the beginning, but I just had to wait until I was called on."