When a team loses in the playoffs often times their fans and front office have a sense of accomplishment and optimism. There is a certain amount of success to be felt when you are one the eight best teams in your conference. Unless that team is the Los Angeles Lakers, then optimism is replaced by pessimism.
The Lakers won 57 games, which was the same as last year, however if they do not hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy then the season was a complete and utter failure. So keeping with the tradition of overacting here is a list of players who will help the Lakers return to the NBA finals.
With Phil Jackson certain to retire it is tough to assess what type of player would fit best into a system that has yet to be determined. The deficiencies on this team are obvious so regardless of the system better players are going to be required for any system to have the ultimate success.
This list is comprised of role players and one former star who could step in and not only help the Lakers today, but also in the foreseeable future. This list does not consist of household names and only their local team’s fans and their mothers probably know who they are. Yet rest assure that if given the opportunity to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol these players would flourish in the same manner that Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmer did.
So why not look to players that are feasibly available and fit the Lakers biggest needs, point guard and small forward.