Very old article, interesting nonetheless…
Miami Herald: This is the wrong offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers to be watching from the sidelines. They need to make a move not only to excite their fans, but also to rejuvenate disgruntled superstar Kobe Bryant.
Boston and Minnesota created plenty of excitement when they completed a blockbuster trade involving All-Star forward Kevin Garnett. The Celtics dealt Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations and two first-round draft picks to the Timberwolves for Garnett. In exchange, Minnesota received Boston’s 2009 first-round selection and will also get back the first-round draft pick the team dealt to the Celtics in a 2006 trade.
The Lakers, who for the second straight year eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs, need to generate the same type of excitement. The spotlight shone brighter on the team after Bryant, who averaged an NBA- best 31.6 points per game in 77 contests this past season, publicly expressed his displeasure with the club.
Luke Walton and Chris Mihm re-signed with the team during the offseason, while Derek Fisher, who won three titles with the Lakers earlier in his career, re- joined the squad through free agency. Meanwhile, guard Smush Parker left L.A., inking a deal with the Miami Heat this summer.