No franchise is in need of a superstar more than the Los Angeles Lakers. In a league controlled by superstars it always appears the Lakers have find one. However, time and suspect personnel decisions have dealt Los Angeles a kidney shot that may take a few rounds to recover from or so it seems.
For years the Lakers have been “Emperors of the League” mainly because their superstars were merely superior to those they faced. Los Angeles has always found a way to manipulate the system to secure the best of the best. In the fifties the Lakers had the best starting five. Then in the sixties
they switched to positional dominance, which gave us Elgin, Wilt, West, Wilkes, Worthy, Magic, and Kareem, Shaq, and Kobe. Unlike any other franchise the Lakers have found a way to acquire the established star and pair him with above average role players.
These players have excelled at their prescribed roles and in the process secured multiple championships for Los Angeles. From Vern Mikkelsen to Happy Hairston to Byron Scott, and Derek Fisher. They have always managed to build a championship roster.
A new championship roster is required, but that new cast must possess those timeless championship intangibles of their predecessors.
The 2012-2013 season has already begun for General Manager Mitch Kupchak and he should already have an idea of who the Lakers want but most of all who they need. Kupchak sees what we all see and has the same list of salaries that we have. He knows what has to be done and who needs to do it. He along with every Laker fan has a list of players.
The only difference is this is a wish list full of possibilities, while Kupchak has a bulletin board of “get er dones”.