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Superman has replaced Captain Marvel for the Lakers 2013 season. Just days before we find out whether our Olympic Men’s Basketball team can pull out the Gold Medal, the Lakers have acquired self described, self indulgent, Superman hooked on Krptonite – Dwight Howard. The Lakers gave up “Conflicted Mr. On or Off” Andrew Bynum. The Lakers had also acquired another…. ageless point guard Steve Nash.. about a month ago. The face of the LA Lakers is changing and in no small way. We still have Pau Gasol…..but for how long? The Lakers are starting to look like a night on “Dancing with the Stars – The Celebrity Series”.
If life is imitating art…..it looks like we are going down that road. Do we still have Kobe? Thank God! The Lakers seem to be flipping the light switch off and on as fast as they can. The Oklahoma Thunder have the Los Angeles Lakers all in a Twitter (no pun intended!). Watching Kevin Durant play in the Olympics is rather impressive. Russell Westbrook for a little guy is totally amazing. Le Bron looks like he is being pushed to amaze at the Olympics… with his thoughts that the Miami Heat next season NBA are going to find it harder and harder to win the big one against those Oklahoma Thunder. Prohibitive favorites for next years finals.
Back to the Lakers. Captain Marvelous – Andrew Bynum was starting to become a tiresome one. His attitude and terrible mood swings were not very attractive. So, what do we do? We take Superman – sans his cape! Superman having a fit of depression. Superman unexcited and uninvited…till the last minute! Which Dwight Howard are we going to get? Are we going to get humble Dwight Howard that scores 17 points a game, makes every free throw, makes 17 blocks and never makes a foul? Or are we going to get the Dwight Howard that scores 7 points a game, makes bearly 50% of his free throws, makes 4 blocks a game and usually fouls out by the 3rd quarter? Please don’t tell us that Dwight is going to start hanging out with Meta World Peace….please! We don’t need Dwight Howard and Meta World Peace wearing those Clark Kent glasses and playing grab ass at the aftergame press conferences. Dwight better pay attention to the way Kobe acts instead.
We wish Andrew Bynum all the luck in the world. Hopefully, Andrew with do well. Of course our wish was for Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom to both land on their feet with the LA Clippers! That would be very cool. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and those crazies….whew…..nice group of guys. But we were talking about the LA Lakers…..and how in the world they think they can deal with those Oklahoma Thunder and the dreaded Miami Heat. Well, the deal is done….we are down the road and now what? We still need a Coach! What? Stan Van Gundy will finally be able to come to the Lakers now that Howard is here? We don’t know, but we do know that the Lakers cannot win with Mike Brown. We need a huge “Leader Man” for the LA Lakers. We need a huge personality, someone we can all enjoy and jibe and laugh at, think about, adore and pull for! Mike Brown ain’t it!
OK, Laker fans…..congratulations. The chances are that all the trades are still not complete. All bets are still off and what team we find ourselves with in 2013 is going to be a very exciting issue for sometime to come. Hopefully, Kobe has found about 10 new guys he wants out to bring out of the International pool of players he has seen while over there in London. So, what will it take to beat the Oklahoma Thunder for the Western Conference title? More…..a lot more!
Thunder Road…it seems we have been down this road before! When we say Celtics…..doesn’t it still give you a cold shiver?