The Los Angeles Lakers' offseason has been full of twists and turns. Nothing less is expected from a team that resides in Hollywood, the No. 1 spot for divas and superstars alike.
After winning their franchise's 15th championship, the Lakers organization got Ron Artest swapping places with Trevor Ariza.
Artest is an upgrade. He can average better numbers per game than Ariza, simple and plain. His 16.1 points, 2.1 steals, and 5.1 rebounds per game beats Ariza's 6.9 points, 1.1 steals, and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Ron Artest looks like a clear steal...right? I would have to agree, but I still have my doubts.
Ron-Ron is a Dennis Rodman type of player. As fans of the NBA, we know what he is capable of. When he is in one of those moods, the referee better eject him or he can single-handedly replicate the Pacers and Pistons brawl with a bat of his crazy eyelashes.
On another note, it would never be boring to watch Ron Artest go at it with a fan.
Lamar Odom has recently reached a verbal agreement with the Lakers. A four-year deal that is worth $33 million could very well be set in stone in the next few days.
It's definitely a time for rejoicing for Lakers fan all around the world. The man who has caused so much fuss in the NBA world, has finally put an end to the annoying Odom/Lakers' soap opera.
The Lakers bench is en route in getting their leader back.
The Lakers Sixth Man averaged 11.3 points, 1.3 blocks, and 8.2 rebounds per game during last season's play. He improved those numbers during the Lakers' championship run in the playoffs by averaging 12.3 points, 1.4 blocks, and 9.1 rebounds per game. Not too shabby for a Sixth Man.
This deal truly benefits the Lakers in more ways than one. They have "insurance" if Bynum goes down with another injury next season, and they have someone to lead the Lakers' second unit.
For every good there is a bad. Odom is known for his versatility and also for his inconsistency.
When Odom has his game, there is no question, the Lakers win. When he's a no-show, the Lakers have to claw their way just to get a W.
Also, will his tough negotiations with the Lakers affect how he plays for them in the near future? The Lakers' and Odom's road to an agreement was a rough one to say the least, so it's something worth thinking about.
Is the Lakers' chemistry in jeopardy?
With a new face and a possibly sour Candy Man, the Lakers might have some inner problems. I personally believe that all will be well in Los Angeles by the start of next season, but I'm not certain. Anything can happen between now and the first tip-off.
My doubts shall be answered in the 2009-2010 season. All I can say now is, is it November yet?