There holds only one missing puzzle piece for the Los Angeles Lakers' team.
That one missing piece is in between greatness and perfection.
One might ask what the difference between the two are.
The difference is more championships.
Everyone knows the Lakers' one weakness, and every team uses that one weakness to play the Lakers "against themselves."
The weakness is obviously the three point shot or perimeter jumpers.
During the 2009-10 regular season, the Lakers shot a below-average .341 percent from beyond the arc. This one little stat cost the Lakers many of the few games they lost this year, and it wasn't because of good defense or the crowd, it was due to the Lakers IQ.
Of the many games I watched this year, I can recall multiple games where the Lakers simply "shot themselves out of the game." Those were the most frustrating losses, only comparable to the losses caused by Kobe, of course.
Anyone who was watching the game could see the simple act the opponents were doing to the Lakers. They would simply run a zone or in some cases allowed everyone on the Lakers to shoot three pointers. Of course, the Lakers being the arrogant Lakers, they went along with the game and they usually ended up losing.
Why would the Lakers fall for the same trap every time?
Well let's just say that they aren't very smart.
The only solution to this minor problem would be to get shooter right?
Yes, and shouldn't it be Sasha Vujacic or Ron Artest?
Well they were supposed to be, but obviously Sasha lost interest in improving his shot and maintaining his work ethics. I heard that Sasha is one of the hardest working players on this current Laker, team but it hasn't showed up in games.
The only way to fill this hole is to get a dead-eye shooter. I could honestly care less about who it is. It could be someone like J.J. Reddick of the Orlando Magic or it could be a star such as Ray Allen.
If someone such as Allen or Reddick could come to the Lakers, this team would be unbeatable, and I mean unbeatable .
Is this going to happen?
I cannot say that Orlando would be willing to give up a rising star such as J.J. Reddick, but Ray Allen is a good possibility. I mean why not? He is going to be available coming this offseason. Could the Lakers possibly work something out for him?
I sure as heck hope so.
If Ray Allen comes to the Lakers he would be an instant plus. He is not someone who needs the ball 24/7 like LeBron or Kobe, he is someone who would not mind sitting at the three-point line shooting threes, or coming off set screens for wide open jumpers.
This is all the Lakers need in order to achieve perfection.
Now, I know Ray Allen is currently on the Boston Celtics. The last time I checked, they are up 3-1 on the Orlando Magic and are most likely on a path to another NBA Finals appearance, probably against our Lakers. By the way did I mention they were the Lakers' No. 1 rival?
Would Ray Allen be willing to come to the other side?
It looks as though Boston does not want Allen as much as they used to, and you can't blame them. Ray Allen is starting to age a little and he isn't the same Ray Allen he was back when he was playing for the Seattle SuperSonics. Now, don't get me wrong, he is still a good player and a great shooter. All I'm saying is that he won't be able to create his own shots as well as he used too.
This means his best option is to find a team where all he has to do is hit open jumpers.
Voila , as the French say it. This truly is a magic fit. Ironic isn't it, a MAGIC fit for the Lakers as a CELTIC may come.
Ray Allen could be the missing puzzle piece to this nearly perfect Laker team.
Can the Lakers retrieve this missing piece?
Well we will just have to see if we can find it in the crazy pile of different puzzle pieces, which will be the 2010 NBA offseason.