Lakers Get Their Guy
Forget about the discuessed trades with Chicago earlier this season. The deal that landed them Pau Gasol is much better. Once Andrew Bynum returns the Lakers frontcourt will feature three great players. Oh yeah, not mention a decent on manning the Two Guard spot. Together Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum ‘s Fab Four is in the same class as a powerful threesome that resides to the East. David Stern must have found Doc Brown’s De Lorean and travelled back to the 80′s because the Lakers and Celtics are both legitimate contenders for the NBA Finals.
The Lakers really didn’t have to part with much to land the big Spaniard. Kwame Brown? Please. He’s been a complete bust. Sorry MJ. Javaris Crittenton? He’s got a chance to be a decent Point Guard, but didn’t Memphis already draft one last year. Two first round draft picks? Come on. You know where those draft picks will be. Mid-to-late twenties most likely. Aaron McKie. Whoopee. The rights to Marc Gasol. Sorry, he’s no Pau. I’m just curious why Memphis got Kevin McHale to work this trade out for them. Oh wait, Memphis got the draft picks rather than sending them with Gasol.
What did L.A. get? Besides one of the best starting units in the league, they got a seven-footer with loads of talent offensively. He’s only 27 years old so he’s got plenty of game in him still. He’s a little soft on defense, but moving to Power Forward should help him. Bynum’s growth on offense may be stunted a little because he won’t get as many looks, but Gasol could show him some new moves too.
The league has to be excited about this. I know I am. When the Celtics and the Lakers were the teams to beat is when NBA was king for me. Magic and Larry. McHale and Kareem. The names aren’t quite the same, but hopefully a rivalry can be reborn. L.A. didn’t have much to lose making this deal, in my opinion, but they sure have a lot to gain.