Kobe, Disneyland, Deja Vu

mike cContributor IJuly 8, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 18:  In this handout provided by Disney, Lakers star and NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant waves to thousands of fans during a parade celebrating the 2009 World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at Disneyland on June 18, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Scott Brinegar/Disney via Getty Images)

Rasheed Wallace going to Boston, so what. Sounds like the year for the technical foul record to be broken with the potty mouths of Sheed and Kevin Garnett combined.

Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess to the Spurs, whatever. Manu Ginobili off the bench again, well that's crazy, Pop, pure crazy.

Shaquille O' Neal to Cleveland, give me a break. Witness—no help again.

Vince Carter and Dwight "Superman" Howard coached by Stan Van Gundy. What a waste.

You could put Chris Paul on the moon, and it still wouldn't be bigger than Ron Artest going to the Lake Show. That's just the icing on the cake.

The cake, the foundation, is this: Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum and, yes, "The MVP" for years to come, Kobe Bryant, are back together again. Lamar Odom should return, too.

We have all heard in the past how Michael, Scottie and the two-time, three-peating Chicago Bulls had trouble with running the notorious "Triangle" offense, but when they slowed down and let the double-teams come, they realized all they had to do was play defense because no one could stop them offensively.

Which brings me back to the topic at hand.

Doesn't it look familiar: Kobe down on the blocks waiting on the double-team, and Pau Gasol waiting on the double-team.

With two or three passes off of a double-team, someone is wide open—Steve Kerr, John Paxson, Craig Hodges, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic, etc.

With the triangle, all you need is two guys that always have to be double-teamed—Kobe and Gasol—and great shooters around them, which the Lakers do have.

When you add a third player in Artest that also calls for a double-team from opponents, what do you get?

Kobe, Disneyland, Deja Vu. I'm out.