When in battle, it’s good to have options. On the front lines, there are weapons and then there are weapons that annihilate the opposition. In the NBA, having a artillery of basketball talent, athleticism, experience, heart, and sheer will make for a complete and devastating arsenal, exactly the kind of weaponry that wins championships.
On any given night, opponents of the heavily armed and dangerous Los Angeles Lakers are going to bring everything they got to the hardwood. Coaches will throw everything they have at the Purple and Gold which, of course, is a complete testament to the respect, fear, and appreciation that the Mamba and crew command.
The 2008-09’ Los Angeles Lakers have the luxury of countering with their own arsenal of basketball assassins which includes the likes of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Vlad Radmanovic, and Kobe Bryant, a starting line-up that towers above the competition. The preceding group of basketball talento makes things very miserable for opposing teams especially when they run on all cylinders. If things start to slow down and Coach Phil Jackson finds his troops struggling, he just calls a timeout and, like a true General, calls upon his bench.
However, this isn’t your ordinary bench mob. The Lakers second unit is stacked and extremely loaded with true ballers and an unstoppable force that brings a nice change of pace. When teams think bench, they usually look for a nice opportunity to cut into a lead, re-gather, or take a breather. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with these Lakers. The bench of the Los Angeles Lakers is unlike any other as Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar, Luuuuuuuuke Walton, Sasha ‘The Machine’ Vujacic, and Trevor Ariza bring a relentless wave of energy and Showtime to the court.
A frontrunner for the Sixth Man of the Year award, Lamar Odom heads up a cast of Lakers that run wild over the competition. It’s still extremely early in the season, but no other team can say that they have a 6’10” Forward from Jamaica, New York who can handle the rock, rebound, shake, rattle, and finger roll. As an added option, the sharp shooting Machine, Sasha Vujacic brings a lethal dimension to the Lake Show. If that wasn’t enough to cause headaches for opposing coaches, just think we have yet to mention Trevor Ariza!
It’s still very early but the Los Angeles Lakers are looking good… no, real good!