Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers? Get out here! Hey David Stern, how you like them apples? Ha-ha!
Honestly, the other 29 teams are playing for second place because frankly, ain’t no team going to get close to winning a game or two in a 7-game series against this all-star team. It doesn’t matter how much depth or athleticism a team has, they’ll have to pick their poison on which player they’ll double-team.
Let’s break it down. Dwight Howard will likely receive the bulk of double-teams. Why? Because he’s a freak. His shoulders clog the lane like a double-wide trailer on a highway. What about Kobe? Well, it’ll take a month or so before teams realize Kobe’s going to get his 27 ppg, so why even bother trying to stop him? Just ask Thabo Sefolosha. And Steve Nash, some say he’s old and worn out but leave him alone on the three point line and watch him light up the score board. We haven’t begun talking about Pau Gasol, Antawn Jamison or the development of Devin Ebanks and Andrew Goudelock. Good lord.
Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant are the new Shaq and Kobe, right? Well, not exactly. Kobe’s 34. He’s got a few grey hairs called wisdom. And, he’s got an NBA championship ring for every finger on his shooting hand. Dwight Howard on the other hand has something to prove. He’s 26 and coming off back surgery to repair a herniated disc. And, the only ring on his finger is from a high school state title in 2004. The Los Angeles Lakers will become Dwight Howard’s team when Kobe retires, but will Kobe relinquish hold of the team to him now? That’s the question sport pundits are asking.
As the league mulls over the trade and David Stern dips into his bag of Lakers-hating tactics, Los Angelinos begin salivating for the start of the 2012-2013 season. Here’s what the starting line-up for the Los Angeles Lakers will look like as they’re now the favorites to win championship #17:
(PG) Steve Nash,
(SG) Kobe Bryant,
(SF) Metta World Peace,
(PF) Pau Gasol, &
(c) Dwight Howard.
Looks like Kobe Bryant retires as the greatest Los Angeles Laker with 7 NBA championships to his credit, 5 now and 2 on the way. Such a crime that he’s won only one regular season MVP.
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