Superman has finally landed in Hollywood, and it is once again a time for Laker fans to rejoice. But in order for Clark Kent (Dwight Howard) to embrace his new city, he needs help from his fellow teammates.
With the acquisition of future Hall-of-Famer in Steve Nash and now Dwight Howard, it is easy for the world to envision a Heat-Laker finals showdown—but nothing is set in stone until June, and for good reason.
The Lakers still need a lot of factors to go in their favor if they want to reach the level of play they have been striving for ever since they got swept by the Dallas Mavericks only a mere two seasons ago. Laker fans strive for one thing and one thing only, and that is winning a championship—which will require perfection, something this current team is capable of accomplishing.
If you haven't heard already, the defending world champions Miami Heat have done a little adding on as well. With the signings of arguably the best three-point shooter of all-time in Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, last year's champions have only gotten that much better.
The Lakers will need to one-up the Heat in that regard with their recent signings, and that doesn't begin with their superstars—it begins with their role players.
It has been a natural tendency for the fans to focus all their attention towards Nash and now Howard, but if you haven't realized yet, a team cannot win a championship without a strong rotation of about eight players—something the Lakers have struggled to form after letting go of Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown.
Now that the Lakers have Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, and Chris Duhon, the sky is the limit for them to have something they haven't had in a very long time: a complete team.
Everybody has been questioning the Lakers age and lack of perimeter shooting, but that might not be as big a problem as it may seem to be.
Nash and Jamison have been known to be good perimeter shooters—Nash shooting a career average of about 43 percent, Jamison about 35 percent—and as Nash will bring his consistent numbers to the table, the Lakers' fate will most likely be on Jamison's shoulders as we watch what he brings to help the Lakers win a title.
Last season, Jamison averaged 17.2 points per game alongside 6.3 rebounds as he started for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. Now he will have to try and bring the same type of energy and stats off the bench as he learns to fit the Lakers' sixth-man role. It will be new for him, but he will need to adjust quickly if he and the Lakers want to bring the title back to Los Angeles.
As Laker fans await the now much-anticipated 2012-2013 season, they better keep a close eye on not only the big time pieces, but the corner pieces of the puzzle in Jamison and Duhon—because that will be the difference between a winner and a loser.
Jamison, the world is on your shoulders, not Superman's. Don't let us down.
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