Los Angeles Lakers: Rasheed Wallace Coming to the Lake Show—Really?

Jonathan PowellContributor IIIFebruary 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Hooray for Hollywood!

How come every dominant Los Angeles Lakers era seems to end in dramatic fashion?

1992: Magic Johnson's untimely retirement after discovering he was HIV positive.

2005: Kobe and Shaq decide they can't coexist on the same roster any longer.

2012: ???

With the rumored signing of previously retired power forward Rasheed Wallace, it seems like Lakers fans are going to be treated to more theatrics in the second half of the season.  This special guest appearance offers a plethora of plot twists and turns.

This move might be a precursor to the Lakers moving veteran big man Pau Gasol.  We saw how Two and a Half Men fans bailed on the show after Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as the star, how will Lakers faithful react when 'Sheed replaces Gasol?

It would be hard to believe that Wallace could be thought of as viable contributor more than just a body to fill a roster spot. 

This move might also suggest that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak will not get very much in return for Gasol besides some draft picks and a player that won't be able to match Gasol's production alone.

This move will probably leave some Lakers fans bewildered and others just outright upset, especially if it ends in Gasol's departure.  The most disappointed person in La-La Land might be the Black Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant.  This will likely be yet another move by the Lakers front office that will spark some interesting soundbites from 24. 

First, not consulting him on hiring Mike Brown, then trading away Lamar Odom for basically nothing, then keeping Gasol in trade purgatory, now this.  Kobe has to be simmering just a little bit down in Orlando for All-Star Weekend.

Nonetheless, signing Rasheed Wallace could prove to be good move, even though I don't think it will be enough to put the Lakers in title contention.  Rasheed will definitely help defensively and add toughness to the Los Angeles roster, but his biggest contribution might end up being in the entertainment department. 

Can you imagine him and Ron-Ron on the same bench?  Pure comedy.