Dwight Howard and 4 Moves the Los Angeles Lakers Need to Make

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Dwight Howard and 4 Moves the Los Angeles Lakers Need to Make
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At last check, the Lakers were unable to drive past Durant and the Thunder

For some fans, the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers let two of the four losses to Oklahoma City in their five-game playoff defeat get away masks a hard fact to accept: As constructed, this team is not going to win a title.

The truth is, the Lakers are too inconsistent, too methodical and do not get enough easy points to win at the highest level. The NBA is not an athletic league, as evidenced by my predicted San Antonio vs. Miami title-matchup. If you can not score on penetration and do not have the ability to flash back in transition defense, you lose.

With that in mind, the Lakers have plenty of ammunition to make deals that can make them a championship contender in 2013. There will be tremendous turnover as a result of the two humbling playoff exits of 2011 and 2012, but it is important that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak addresses the Lakers' need to get athletic and more efficient offensively going forward.

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