Los Angeles Lakers Inevitably Win The Lamar Odom Sweepstakes

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJuly 30, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the third quarter against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There you have it, the battle for Lamar Odom has ended.

For Laker fans this is one catastrophic re-signing that finally let's you take a deep breath and wipe that dripping sweat right off of your forehead.

For Heat fans, well, there is always next year. Actually, not really.

If the Heat do not make a move quickly Wade's future in Miami will certainly be in jeopardy.

Getting back to Los Angeles, does this re-signing assure the Lakers a repeat at the NBA Title?

Let's take a look.

In my previous Lamar Odom article, I brought about that regardless if the Lakers were to re-sign Odom or not, they would remain as the most powerful team in the NBA.

With ESPN now reporting that Odom will re-sign a four-year, $33 million deal with Los Angeles, there is no possible way any professional NBA analyst can rank the Lakers anywhere else besides on top of the totem pole. 

Not just because they are the defending champions of the NBA, but for the fact that they have the best player in the league on their team, arguably the best defending forward in the game, a top five, seven-footer in the NBA, and the best sixth man off of the bench amongst the entire league.

Put that all together and this organization is stronger than Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body building prime.

Is it even a question that the Los Angeles Lakers will repeat during the upcoming season?

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