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Personally, I think one of the biggest mistakes the Los Angeles Lakers could make is thinking they need to break up their frontcourt trio of Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
Before their playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks was even finished, there were people, Magic Johnson included, who said the team should attempt to add Dwight Howard to the roster.
This started a chain reaction of “Bynum, Gasol or Odom must be traded" chants. But for the time being, the Lakers would be silly to trade any of the three.
Bynum and Odom just had arguably the best seasons of their careers in 2010-11. Odom had an All-Star caliber season, en route to winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
After the All-Star break, Bynum played spirited basketball on the defensive end of the court, averaging 12 rebounds and over two blocks a game, leading the team to a 17-1 record in their first 18 games after the break.
And despite a major slump in the postseason, Gasol was named to his third straight All-Star team and was named to the All-NBA second team for the first time in his career.
Also, the team’s frontcourt trio isn’t as close to applying for an AARP card as some of their teammates are.
Kobe is still undoubtedly the team’s best player, but at the end of the day, the team’s three-headed frontcourt monster is what separates the team from being good and great.
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