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Over everything else, however, this team's biggest obstacle will be trying to overcome the lack of time spent on the court together. Will they be able to gel in a year's time like Boston's "Big 3" were able to, or will it take them a couple of seasons like Lebron and company? There are plenty of big personalities on this Lakers squad, and it will be interesting to see how the whole scenario plays out after an 0-8 preseason that has left the Lakers' fan base with questions left unanswered.
Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol will have huge roles, as their play must complement that of this team's three aforementioned stars. Gasol will no longer be the second or third scoring option and will be relegated to the fourth or fifth option out of Mike Brown's newly installed Princeton offense. Pau should be able to thrive in his new role, as he is one of the better passing big men in the league and a true “team comes first” kind of player. However, this year Pau will need to play with the same grit that led to his first championship over the Celtics with this organization, after having been labeled "soft" for most of his career.
Team chemistry starts with sharing the same mentality, and the rest of Los Angeles' starting five will be playing the role of hungry predator. Howard and Nash have yet to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, Kobe will be trying to cement his place in history as one of the NBA's greatest winners and World Peace is still Ron Artest, who's always game to mix it up a bit with the opposing team and bring some solid defense to the table. MWP will need to be the defensive stopper that his game has earned its reputation for, while also being smart with the ball on the offensive end, playing as close to mistake-free basketball as he can. It's up to Gasol and World Peace to play with the same fire and intensity, game in and game out, and to learn to play their roles to the fullest of their capabilities.
If the starting unit plays with that killer mentality, the rest of the team will feed off that energy and bring everything they have every time they step foot in the gym, whether it be practice or game day. Championship teams have an attitude that they are the best, and if the whole roster can adopt that mentality, the city of Los Angeles, and Lakers fans around the nation should be in for a special year.