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One would sure think that it would be enough to get them past OKC and into the finals....a battle with the Heat would be pretty awesome.....
Man how does the NBA allow one player to tear apart a team like that? Orlando lost a great coach and got hardly anything for one of the best players in the league and here they are starting over from scratch....
At least Orlando made out a little bit better than Cleveland did...but not by much. Not only are they starting over w/ a new roster but also a new coach and front office. I'm glad the sixers made out pretty well in this trade. I think Bynum will fit in much better w/ Doug Collins and their youth.
When it all boils down to the results of this trade, this technically is a straight up swap for LA.
Yes, Bynum is a very good player. One of the most physically dominant players in the league. A 24-year-old that is coming off his best season in the league yet. But let's face it. He's no Dwight Howard. Not only did Mitch Kupchak land the best big man in basketball who is only 26, mind you -- but he also didn't have to give up Pau Gasol. Consider that for a second. Pau Gasol might be the fourth best player in the Laker starting five. You're looking at Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Gasol and Howard. Bring back Adam Morrison at small forward. It might not even matter at that point.
The Lakers were absolutely still relevant. Despite their five-game elimination at the hands of the rising Thunder last season, by signing Steve Nash, the Lakers had clearly improved. But now it's another notch, another rung on the ladder. Assuming Nash isn't too old and that Kobe isn't washing up, is there really a better starting five in basketball than this?
Forget Kobe. Forget Gasol. Just think about Steve Nash throwing lobs and running pick-and-rolls with Dwight Howard. That's a contending team in of itself. The Lakers just got real scary. Whether or not Howard re-signs in the future will be a bridge to cross at a later time, and one they aren't worried about. The Lakers live in a world that operates season to season, championship to championship. Right now the focus is on 2012-13 and they should have a team every bit equipped to go for No. 16.
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WOW, some great glue in Nash & now Howard. Can't say anything but WOW. But, as the heat found out their first season with the big 3, you still have to play the games and it usually takes awhile to gel.
I'm just ticked over he raw deal that Van Gundy got in Orlando. He was a very good coach and Howard F'd him. I wish him well.
And I feel bad for Oklahoma
Never, ever criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes........for at that point they will be a mile away. And you'll have their shoes !