Friday, August 10, 2012

Lakers Begin a New Era...Again

We've seen the old Lakers teams. Their lineup was stacked from top to bottom through the Magic and Kareem era.  But now the Lakers begin a new era and I highly doubt anyone will be able to stop this train.

Dwight Howard finally got his wish:  He's out of Orlando.  The Los Angeles Lakers acquired him via a 4-team trade which included the Philadelphia 76ers, the Denver Nuggets, and of course the Orlando Magic.

In this transaction the Lakers also received guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark from Orlando.  The Magic received guard Arron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga from L.A.

Philadelphia received center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and Jason Richardson from the Magic, and sent forward Andre Iguodala to Denver.

In my opinion, the Lakers and the Magic were the obvious winners of this trade.  The Lakers received another primetime star to go alongside veteran point-man Steve Nash, future hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant, and a very legitimate post player in Pau Gasol.  This lineup on paper in my opinion, stacks up perfectly to the "Show Time" Lakers, which included the likes of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabar.

The Magic lost an all-star.  We all know that.  But they received a lot of talent for him and they still have a very legitimate chance of making the playoffs.  The 76ers got a very talented center in Andrew Bynum, who is arguably a better offensive weapon than Howard, and also Jason Richardson who can fill in some of the gaps due to sending away Iguodala.

My prediction is that the Lakers will run away with the Western Conference and be competing for a championship for the next 3 years.  Kobe will surpass Michael Jordan in the number of championships he's won.

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