I love NBA Basketball and wanna share my opinions with b/r readers and writers, because my friends are Celtics fans -.-
Thats pretty, uhm, annoying, you know?
Anyways Im a lifelong Laker Fan, and besides Tinseltown I also like the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls.
And no guys, neither Kobe nor LeBron will become the GOAT. Accept it.
His Airness Michael Jordan is.
I understand and look forward to any of your future comments on my work ...
Thanks for the comment and the, um, kind words :-)
Believe me, you make a good case for Bynum being built around and honestly I think if this were any other 34 year old star the Lakers would have decided to role with Bynum as the man ... just as the chose Kobe over Shaq back in the day. However Bryant isn't Shaq or any ther star, he's the Black Mamba, the most beloved Laker ever and the person the former most beloved Laker everm, Magic Johnson said was the greatest Laker ever.
The above said, the Lakers front office find themselves in a tough position ... do they simply put pieces around Kobe to try and win 1-2 more titles before he retires or do they build around Bynum and try to win 2+ titles over the next decade? The thing is, if they really decided to build around Bynum the most logical thing to do would be to trade Kobe ... and I think we both know that isn't going to happen.
Therefore as long as Kobe is on the team, it's his team and needs to be built to suit him, period. Wrong or right, that's just the way it is :-)
Ooops, almost forgot to answer your last question ... I have never, ever, not one time heard Dwight say he doesn't want to be a Laker. There were reports he preferred Brooklyn over LA but every time his people put out a list of teams he will accept a trade too, the Lakers are always on it, so I don't believe at all that Dwight wouldn't want to play for the Lakers ... he could easily tell his people to leave LA off the list ... but doesn't.
Thanks again for the board message :-)
You have an argument, no doubt about that. Bynum is more skilled than Howard and has all the potential needed to become dominant on a consistent basis. I simply feel as if "production" is more useful to the Lakers at this time, with a soon to be 34 year old Kobe, than mere "potential".
Also, while Dwight, who will turn 27 this December 8th and not 28, may have only 4-6 years left of atleticism fueled dominance, Kobe only has 4-6 years left in his entire career anyways and so I would still rather have 4-6 years of Dwight's prime than 6-8 years of Bynum's prime.
If Kobe had 6-8 years left I may agree with your argument but as such I feel Dwight is the better fit alongside the Mamba than Bynum is.
Thanks for the message on my board and while I appreciate your opinion ... I disagree entirely.
Dwight Howard has never gotten "touches", the man is completely ignored on the offensive end for the most part and yet he is has always soldiered on and become the most dominant defensive force the game has seen since Hakeem. Dwight is a warrior ... Bynum, well, isn't. I agree Bynum is more "skilled" but Isaiah J.R. Rider was more skilled than most shooting guards even draem to be and where did that get him? Skill can be very over-rated when desire is obviously missing.
I also understand your statement that the Lakers need depth rather than a "Big 3" and garbage. I agree but simply see no reason they can't have both ... if ... their front office is wise enough to sign the correct players to vet min contracts rather than burning those dollars on bums. For example last year I petitioned hard for them to sign Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Reggie Evans and even Michael Redd ... what did the front office do ... it went out and singed Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono ... Jason Kapono!
A Pau for Lowry and Scola swap certainly isn't bad but you're basically saying that you'd rather have Lowry/Kobe/MWP/Scola/Bynum than Deron/Kobe/MWP/Odom/Howard ... I can't agree with that.
I truly believe the Lakers can sign Odom, Antawn Jamison or Elton Brand (after Philly amnesties him), or even two of the three to vet min contracts this year, and I would rather have any of those three on cheap one year deals than Scola and his horrible contract, period.
As for Deron, Kobe and Dwight all needing to shoot to much ... I disaree with this as well as while Deron can score he is also a true point guard and great floor general ... more so than Kyle Lowry in fact, and Dwight ... well, like I said, Dwight was almost invisible on the offensive end in Orlando's scheme and wouldn't demand shots even as much as Bynum does.