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It is a sad day in Lakerland for many, we fans have waited years, YEARS, to land Garnett, but he now will reside in Boston, it is official.
However, there is still something that some have not considered, something, that will make us feel better…
Why should we gut our team to get Garnett? If we had to trade for Garnett straight up, it would have to be Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Kwame Browm, Jordan Farmar, Mo Evans, and several picks, does that sound fair? Of course not,we would be gutted, GUTTED!
What would happen if Kobe’s ankle gets twisted again? could we rely on Garnett, because Garnett with no Kobe is not much better than what he had in Minnesota.
What can be worse than losing Garnett? It would definatly be him going to our arch rivals in the east, the Celtics. What seemed impossible after Garnett said “NO” to being traded to the Celtics, he changed his mind with the newly added Ray Allen, and he would take kind to the idea of being traded there, and, it was the inevitable. Boston had many young players and a fat expiring contract of Theo Ratliff but it seems like the deal couldn’t have been done without the young and promising Al Jefferson.
Should we cry over losing Garnett to the C’s? Absolutely not, they made there team unreliable now. They now have a bunch ball-hogs who need the ball to score, and basically, they have no passers.
Also, look at their “stars”, Paul Pierce is another person that needs to score to be effective, and missed many games due to injuries last season, his tank is running low. Ray Allen, who was a great shooter, but again, he had surgery on BOTH ankles and missed many games last season, plus, he seems to be loosing his touch a little bit. And finally, Garnett, a great post up player, can shoot the mid-range and the occasional three, but, he is getting old, plus, he seems like an injury waiting to happen.
Do you see the pattern?
All of the Celtics “stars” are old, injury prone, and require the ball constantly. Be realistic, who do the Celtics have when a player gets injured to back them up that can perform, NO ONE, it is basically a three man rotation. What happens in five years? By then, all of the “stars” will be old and shabby, with no one else that can emerge. Atleast, the Lakers will have Java, Farmar, Luke, Bynum and several others that can emerge to be great.
Should we blame the Lakers Front Office? No, they are not responsible for this. After listening to the first question, I hope you realize that it would not be for the best if the Lakers traded for Garnett. Sure, Kobe and Garnett may sound amazing, and you can imagine the power of that duo, but then, what would happen if Garnett or Kobe got injured, it would be horrible. What if the Lakers traded for JO, it would make us average again and not elite. There was no possible way the Lakers could get a dominant big man this off-season.
Did Kevin Garnett want money or a championship? I think this is an easy one. There is no way Boston is an automatic contender with three aging players and scrubs, the only reason he did the trade, is because he would get a five year 105 million dollar extension. If he wanted a championship, he would’ve stayed in ‘Sota for one more year being a “teacher”, then opt out and sign for the MLE with a team like Suns, Bulls, or Mavericks and be a real contender and not something that seems amazing in paper.
What should the Lakers do this off-season? The best option would be to sign Chris Webber, that would be the best. A veteran that doesn’t cost much, great passer, be great in the triangle, and basically free.
Should we be angry if nothing else happens? Answers may vary, but I say no. Look at it this way. Lamar, Luke, Kwame, and especially Wolfman (Radmonivic). All were injured and didn’t do that well. If none do well, they will obviously be traded sooner or later. This almost guarentees a break-out season. Plus, Andrew, and Farmar will become more reliable, and Java.
If Utah Jazz can get to the Western Conference Finals with an okay post-presence and a developing point-guard, we should be able to do it too with the greatest player on this planet, a point guard with the same potential, and a solid post presence in Mihm… We should be fine.
Let Boston have their fun, they are not even in our conference and no way able to win a championship with no chemistry. We will have a great season, if not, we can get one of the star free-agents that are available next season. We will be fine and we will have a greater season if we had received Garnett in the first place.