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I know the Los Angeles Lakers got screwed over by David Stern nixing their trade. Still, what a terrible offseason.
To come back as contenders the Lakers had to do one of three things: Trade for Chris Paul, trade for Dwight Howard, or make minor improvements to the standing roster. Three strikes, you’re out.
Dating back to draft day three point guards have come and gone that would have been perfect a fit: Raymond Felton, Chauncey Billups, and T.J. Ford. I know Lakers fans had their hearts set on Paul, but they did not need a superstar point guard. All they needed was a solid distributor that could defend his own position. Now they are left again with the uninspiring duo of Steve Blake and Derek Fisher.
Striking out is one thing. Trading one of your best players to the team that just swept you out of the NBA Playoffs is another. Maybe Lamar Odom was too insulted to stay, but to the Dallas Mavericks? For nothing? I don’t get it.
The Lakers still have a solid roster, but the only way they can contend is if Kobe Bryant turns back the clock and puts up 30 points per game. Even then, they would get destroyed by Paul or any other quick point guard in the playoffs.