If you want 5-7 years, I wouldn't count on LeBron and Rondo.
That's what makes the GM thing so tough. You need to think in terms of 5-10 years if youre the Lakers. Trades, FA, and maybe a lucky draft pick or 2. Meanwhile, other GM's are getting smarter with stats etc.
I remember thinking in early 2000's that sactown w a good team and new owners in Maloofs were going to be tough...and they were for 2-3 years. Then they crapped out. Same w Cuban and mavs.
Now it looks like Clips may actually be formidable for 3-5 years.
Miami and Houston seem to be destinations for the next few years as well.
No idea how next couple seasons play out, but lakers have plenty of money, good tv deal, and history. We'll be ok...if not stressed out as fans until things take shape
Praying for 1. Kobe's Health (looks pretty good so far), 2. High Draft Pick (Randle...injured game #1.*sigh*) 3. Miracle Trade (Not yet), 4. Quality Free Agent (Boozer, kind of, Davis, nice upside!), 5. Brilliant Coaching Hire (Byron!...but the jury is out)