ESPN: 2007-08 Recap
NBA executives are fond of saying it’s the deals they don’t make that often end up being the best decisions, and certainly the Lakers would agree with that sentiment.

It’s hard to remember, in the wake of their conference championship and Kobe Bryant’s MVP season, but when training camp opened, Bryant’s frustration with his supporting cast had him pining for a trade to a team that he viewed as a more legitimate contender. His frustration stemmed from the team’s refusal to trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd at the 2007 trade deadline.

In retrospect, much of it seems hilarious — that he wanted to go to the Bulls because he felt they had a better chance of winning the title, for instance, or that he wanted Kidd instead of Bynum — but at the time it was dead serious. Fortunately, Bynum broke out with an All-Star caliber first half of the season, immediately justifying the team’s decision to hang on to him, and the rest of the Lakers’ youthful core began playing dramatically better.

Bynum checked out with a midseason knee injury, but almost immediately the Lakers had an incredible trade fall into their laps. L.A. procured star forward Pau Gasol from Memphis at a cost of two players who weren’t even in the rotation: guard Javaris Crittenton and center Kwame Brown, and three long-term assets — Spanish forward Marc Gasol (Pau’s brother, ironically) and first-round picks in 2008 and 2010.

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  • DCLAKER

    The picture says it all….is LAKERNATION ready?

  • dub824

    haha he said sasha was useless his first three years.. which is true

  • Mitch4Pres

    this guy picked utah over the lakers for the 1st seed??? something is wrong with this guy

  • McJack

    Compare Gasol’s arms to Bynum’s arms.

  • Nocturnal Dream

    I’ve been waiting for this!

  • e

    how the hell do u put utah over the lakers??

  • http://www.friendster.com lakerfan101

    dang
    look at bynum’s arm!
    you guys BETTER WATCH OUT
    MAKING OF A BEAST

  • lakerferlife7

    wtf is that bynum….fer a minute i thought that was a young shaq….watch out nba big men….BYNUM”S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CACA

    WTF UTAH???? did they make any moves this off-season??

  • RAZOR RAMON

    did this guy pick utah to win the west while getting his vagina installed?!?! is he retarded?

  • John Hollinger hater

    Wow seriously, how the hell did this stupid prink become a NBA anyalisist? John hollinger should have been fired ages ago. Ive seen so many articles of his that didnt make sense at all. And this one is at the TOP!!!!!!!! John hollinger should be fired. On a plus note, Drew looks BEASTLY.

  • xtro

    Esta loco este Juan Hollinger, eh?

  • MILO

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    simon! ese buey esta pendejo!!!

  • John Ireland

    Hollinger must be a mormon.

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Mamba2410

    DANG BYNUM!!! He looks so much more buff and stronger and way more fit than ever before, he looks like the real deal! On a scale of 1-10 of improving on getting more buff than last season, 17! And Kobe…younger than ever! Gasol…umm…he didn’t really change but he still looks great as usual, like his usual Gasolness. Celtics, Jazz, Spurs, good luck…

  • T-Mack

    JUST SEEING THIS PICTURE GET ME EXCITED FOR THIS SEASON. IF BLACK MAMBA, GASOLINE AND BYNUMITE ARE HEALTHY FOR ATLEAST 75% OF THIS SEASON THEN THERE IS NO WAY ANY TEAM WILL STOP US FROM OUR 15TH NBA CHAMPIONSHIP! (then when you have a team where LO7 is your fourth best player that’s a beautiful thing!!!!)