Welcome to Hollywood, a place where dreams are born, and in some cases come true.
Tinsel Town has harbored many miracles here in the past weeks, De Niro and Pacino have teamed up to do another movie together, the Dodgers managed to stay within a few games of first place in their division, and Paris Hilton got thrown back into jail and let back out. As amazing as those feats are, they do not come close to matching the sheer brilliance of one rumored event.
Yes my friends, I am speaking of course of Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The possibility of acquiring the former league’s Most Valuable Player has Laker fans salivating. “KG to LA” is a conception years in the making. Imagine the Lakers, fearsome and almighty strutting through NBA endeavors with future hall of famers Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.
Until a few days ago this fantasy would have remained just that, a flight of the imagination so to speak. Then we read the headlines, “McHale open to Garnett trade discussions”, and “Lakers and Minnesota discuss a possible Garnett trade”. Suddenly hope had arrived. For those who have dared to dream, namely those associated with GetGarnett.com, now have some meaning to their cause.
Garnett a Laker? Is it possible?
While at first glance it would not appear the Lakers have the talent to offer Minnesota in an exchange for Garnett, one must remember though that the Timberwolves are looking to rebuild. They seek out young talent and expiring contracts so they may reconstruct the roster similar to what Portland has done and Chicago before them. Therefore a deal centered around big man prospect Andrew Bynum and a lottery pick could be enough to sway Kevin McHale into pulling the trigger. Now currently the Lakers do not have a lottery pick, however that can easily be remedied by offering up Lamar Odom to any of the teams with a top 8th draft pick.
Bernie Bickerstaff, Head Coach and General Manager of the Charlotte Bobcats has suggested that the Bobcats could look to deal their pick for an already established veteran as they have funds available under the salary cap and the ability to absorb a hefty contract along the lines of say a Lamar Odom. So we then mock up a scenario in the mold of Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, the 8th pick, the 19th pick, an additional expiring contract from Charlotte and possibly a future first round pick going to the Wolves for Kevin Garnett.
McHale mulls it over but after seeing what little Phoenix is willing to offer without Amare Stoudamire and a whiny Shawn Marion, he consents to the swap. Laker fans rejoice as alas their savior has arrived. There will be an enormous parade held in his honor starting at the gates of Disneyland and leading to Figueroa. Jerry Buss will again be the league’s best owner and the DUI charges will be dropped as a courtesy.
So with all this conjecture and seemingly aimless banter you just have to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Will do ya… punk? Ode to Mr. Clint Eastwood and the rest of the cast of the Hollywood crew. They keep us reaching for the stars and hoping they align just long enough for a true miracle to come true.
KG to LA, believe it!