I'll give a legit response, just for the hell of it.
Which is: It's not even worth thinking about. The time spent writing and reading this post and thread will be wasted. That whole 'STAY' campaign was just embarassing (from the viewpoint of a Los Angeles native sports fan interacting with other team fandoms in a non-sympathetic work environment, anyways). Dwight was overrated when we signed him, and he was overrated when he left.
Did every fan with a heart nurse some tentative hope that Nash+Howard would be some killer combo? Of course. But I doubt you could find many serious Laker fans who would want Dwight on our team, even if we knew he'd be playing for us, like he is for the Rockets (which isn't that great. His rebound avg is among the most inflated in the league, when you compare contested vs uncontested rebounds...remember that Bynum-esque pissy look he'd get whenever Steve Blake jumped up and snatched the easy ones?).
Dwight's time in LA is a farcial blip that we're lucky lasted only one season. I'm glad both him and Bynum are gone. And this is coming from a fan that had a Shaq jersey in the 90's. I'd love to see another dominant big man with a personality. But Bynum and Howard are just the pits. One is an idiot-savant (Bynum and his beautiful f/cking mind...go be an engineer or whatever your dream was, you sullen douchebag, after getting 3 East Coast fanbases in 18 months to hate you for spoiling their locker room chemistry) and the other desperately obnoxious in the manner of a little kid whose parents are separated and is badly attention starved.
The only 'What If' worth dwelling on with any kind of pathos is the CP3 deal. In ten or twenty years, people will still be debating that historic screwjob. In 2044, when we're reading Old Jimmy's demented Sterling-esque rants taped from down at the race track on our retinal interface while hovering to work on our rocket boots, there's going to be a thread mentioning the nixed CP3 deal right under the one about the first woman to dunk in the NBA. Probably raised whenever the Clippers passing us in championships is spoken of. And noone will give a [expletive] about Dwight, beyond being the subject of an extremely difficult trivia question. You and I will have forgotten his name.
Edited by ajaxjs, May 26, 2014 - 09:26 PM.