I would really rather the Lakers not go after Carmelo Anthony, he's not a franchise player and just an offensive blackhole. I doubt the Pacers let go of Paul George. So maybe LA gets John Wall and 2 more mediocre players, that's still not going to be close to a contender.
Carmelo and Kobe I think would be fine.
Carmelo showed that he can effectively playing off ball and can be very deadly, he showed this in the Olympics. If Kobe is still here, and by all intents and purposes he should be, Carmelo wouldn't asked to be the team leader, he'd be asked to be what he is, a scorer off ball that can iso some of the times.
But he wouldn't have to be carrying the team by himself like he does in New York, because Kobe would be the one finding him for shots after drawing double teams.
Kobe has always wanted to pair up with Carmelo and sees him as a little brother and feels he'd listen to what he had to teach him, even saying he's sure one day Carmelo would get tired of losing to him in the playoffs
I think Carmelo wouldn't shun Kobe's lessons the way Dwight did and he could be a very valuable asset.
Throw in John Wall to that equation and you got a contender.
Heck Paul George, John Wall and Kobe Bryant is a contender.
The key would be finding a way to get the Wizards to part with Wall but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
The only for sure I can see us obtaining in 2014 is Carmelo. And on this team as an off ball scorer to Kobe, I would love to see. I don't think Kobe throws it in his hands in nearly every play at the beginning of the shot clock and says "make it happen" but I do think Kobe can spoonfeed Carmelo for easy shots as he's been known to do throughout his career.
Kobe'd know how to maximize Carmelo's strengths and Carmelo can play off ball well, he can play it better than Nash imo and I think that we could be effective.
NOW if Kobe wasn't here, and we were asking Carmelo to run everything, then I'd have my doubts, but as long as Kobe is here I don't have as high of worries of having Carmelo.
One more year carrying New York oughta do it One more year of an early round exit he'll be calling Kobe talking about "GET ME OUT OF HERE!!! PLEASE!!!"
You know, how the organization handled the Dwight thing will probably turn off FAs too.
I don't know how many players are going to want to sign with a team that won't cater to them at all.
From what I'm hearing a lot of people feel like Dwight made the decision for "instant gratification" but ultimately feel that the Lakers WOULD have built the proper team around him as it's their history. They don't see the Lakers as the bad guy especially considering HOW Dwight left and a lot of them took ti as him being unable to live up to Kobe's standards nor accept the challenge. Dwight's pretty much become the vilified one yet again and if he fails to get a ring in Houston he will remain that way and the problem will become "him" over management... again and according to many of the forums, a lot of people didn't think he deserved all the attention. So I don't think we suffered any groundbreaking hits in the media eye
The only thing the Lakers didn't do for Dwight was get Phil Jackson. Which was a mistake imo but it's not gonna haunt them in the eyes of free agents imo.
They tried to move players but financially they couldn't. They couldn't unload Pau to give him the stretch 4 he wanted(yes it was DWIGHT as well who wanted the stretch four as he said the Rockets running "Orlando Magic style" basketball was what wooed him, as in 4 out 1 in and when we tried to run Gasol on the perimeter we saw the results. Dwight wants the FULL paint which is why he went to Houston as he sees them as "Orlando with Harden" his words) That doesn't happen with Pau in the paint.
I don't think THAT is gonna scare off the likes of Carmelo or John Wall or Paul George.
Edited by Majesty, July 06, 2013 - 02:03 AM.