Kobe Bryant: How Will Bryant and Lakers React To Big-Name Trades?
Do The Los Angeles Lakers Feel Even More Pressure To Make A Move In Light Of The Recent Trades?
Things would seem to be going well in Laker land now. Kobe Bryant was named MVP of the all-star game, and the Lakers rang in the second half of the season with a big victory over Atlanta last night.
However, when they look at everything that is going on around them, they could feel some pressure to make a move to answer what the Knicks and Nets have done. This is Los Angeles after all, they are supposed to make all the big moves.
They were reportedly in on Carmelo Anthony, but nothing ever became of that. Since then, there hasn't really been anything of note that the Lakers have tried to do.
That's probably a good thing. If you look at the teams that are making these moves, they aren't going to win a championship this year, and the big name players in these two big deals have gone to the eastern conference.
The Lakers don't have to worry about the Nets or the Knicks. They have to be concerned with the Spurs and Mavericks, those two are more of a threat to the Lakers this year than New York or New Jersey.
It would be easy for a team to panic based on moves that other people are making, but the Lakers have enough experience to know that's not the best way to conduct business. They are still the two-time defending champions. They still have Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. This team will be fine moving forward this year. Next year might be a different story, but with Phil Jackson leaving at the end of this year they don't really care about next year right now.
The Lakers will go into the playoffs, probably as the two-seed, and they will meet the Spurs in the western conference finals. If they win depends on how healthy the Spurs are, and which Andrew Bynum shows up for that series.
They don't have to make a move right now in order to make a championship run this year. Though if they could find someone to take Ron Artest's contract off their hands, I doubt they would complain.
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