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Will history repeat itself? The birth of the last two Los Angeles Lakers dynasties—the “Showtime” dynasty of the 1980s and the Kobe-Shaq dynasty of the early 2000s—had one thing in common: The team acquired another team’s star center as the cornerstone of the respective dynasties.
Prior to the 1975-76 season, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers after claiming his religious and cultural views didn’t mesh well with a small-market Midwestern city like Milwaukee.
Abdul-Jabbar teamed up with Magic Johnson, leading the Lakers to five championships in the 1980s.
In the summer of 1996, Shaquille O’Neal came to Los Angeles as a free agent after spending the first four years of his career with the Orlando Magic.
With Kobe Bryant as his sidekick, Shaq led the Lakers to three consecutive championships (2000-2002).
I guess Lakers fans will forever be in debt to the Bucks and Magic.
But back to the present day. As I mentioned in the previous slide, the Lakers will sooner rather than later have to bring in a superstar to build their next dynasty around.
Will the team attempt to bring in a dominant big man like it has in the past? Or will it hope to build its next dynasty around a superstar who plays a different position?