Lakers now have three ball dominant players in Kobe, Nash, and Howard. Obviously Nash looks for others but he still dominants the ball. I was a little skeptical at first when the Lakers got Nash, and how Kobe and him would co-exist. Nash will be able to feed Kobe and make it easier for him, possibly extending his career, but has Kobe ever played with a ball dominant point like Nash? Then you add Howard into the mix demanding the ball in the post. We all know how he wants to be "the man" and are familiar with Superman's ego and diva ways. How will Kobe react when Howard is struggling to score/make free throws (like usual) and still calling for the ball on every possession? I see Howard being upset the most due to a lack of touches cause Kobe isn't passing and not signing extension. But I could also see it working out with pick and roll Nash/Howard and Nash feeding Kobe, and Kobe being Kobe. If only Howard could pass. Bench is still pretty bad. Should be interesting either way.
Garuntee that first time they lose 2 games people will start making '04 comparisons...
dwight isnt anymore ball dominant and demanding of offensive touches then bynum was. Obviously we will have to see how it works out, but at the end of the day kobe probably has more trust in nash then any pg he ever played with and wont be sitting there demanding him to give up the rock every time he crosses halfcourt.
Kobe-Dwight will be the reverse of Shaq-Kobe where Shaq was the main guy and the veteran with Kobe being the up-and-comer.
I think Kobe and Nash can figure it out. Pau and Nash will be great to watch. I think defenses will focus less on Kobe with Nash and Howard
entering into the picture.
I think their bench is fine. They aren't a legit 10 deep but they have Jamison who will be a classic sixth man along with Jordan Hill who should be a solid big man with Steve Blake being the third guard who can give them some shooting and passing. I guess they are keeping Matt Barnes who is another defender and 3 point threat. McRoberts would be their third front line player off the bench. He's a guy who can rebound, dunk, and foul although not necessarily in that order. That's a pretty good bench.
The Lakers have everything now. It will just depend on health and chemistry. Against the Thunder Westbrook would be a pain in the ass but now Dwight Howard will be inside to block shots. LA would then have MWP to go against Durant and then LeBron in the Finals if both teams can make it that far.
yup, dwight isn't gonna need more touches than bynum in the post.
come think of it they fit extremely well. nash will take on the distributing duties 100%, so kobe can mainly look for his shot. d12 likes to run the pick and roll and is a far greater "off-ball" and alley pop threat, nash's legendary passing becomes more better than just feeding bynum in the post. pau gasol stretches for d12 in the lows and is an excellent passer from the post making another oop threat. then you top it of with a good perimeter defender, energy guy in mwp and all of a sudden you got yourself a well oiled machine
Will LeBron be able to put the final stake in Kobe's chances of getting his sixth ring? Or will Kobe succeed in reaching that level amongst Jordan? Idk, I still say KD is the second best player in the NBA, I don't think he'll let himself lose out twice.
D12 will score 20 ppg on alley oops and offensive rebounds alone!
If the Lakers meet the Heat in the Finals you will also have LeBron James vs. Mike Brown (Antawn Jamison too).
Potential dream Finals matchup. Star studded lineups featuring one of the best all-time in LeBron along with three of the greatest
shooting guards ever in Kobe, D Wade, and Ray Allen. Dwight Howard looks like a HOF center with Steve Nash being on the fast track to
the Hall of Fame as one of the best pass-first point guards ever. Bosh and Pau Gasol are two more great players with some all-star appearances and some rings. You could pick a 12 man roster from these two teams that could rival the Dream Team (if each guy was playing in his prime).
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: LeBron James
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Dwight Howard
PG: Dwyane Wade -- played pg early in his career
SG: Ray Allen
SF: MWP aka Ron Artest
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Chris Bosh
SF: Shane Battier
PF: Rashard Lewis
at first when i saw the rumour i was like for fecks sake not again
but then it actually happened and the dwightmare ended and i was like
The Lakers are the worst match for the Heat. Heat beat OKC because they could play small ball. If they have to play Lakers big they will lose. Don't sleep on Jordan Hill. Also Jamison has more in the tank than people know. Also if Lakers somehow get Barbosa, it is a wrap. Lakers always had a questionable bench but if they can add Barbosa, they finally have a legit bench to go with a killer starting 5. They may start off slow because Gasol will have to play the 5 spot until Howard is healthy.
NBA is a &$#%#&@! joke now. so sick of the rich getting richer and all their band wagon fans! The biggest markets ( LA, Miami, New York) have kobe dwight lebron dwade bosh pau ray nash melo amare! Thats no coincidence! i miss the old days before super teams when almost every team had 1 allstar caliber player and it was always exiting to see which team would win the championship and to not just watch the same 3 or 4 teams win. When any of these teams win a ring now its much less deserved than it should be and all their fans need to stop making such a big deal that they won because its not hard to win when you have 3 superstars and most of the league are lucky to even have 1. I will always go for the small market teams and i dont even live in one!
^^^ u sound like u mad bro
is miami even considered a big market? I know they suck at every other sport. San antonio certainlny isnt a big market. Teams can get it done if they know how to run their franchise. Lakers just have the advantage of having a great city that people want to live in.
Yea i am, thanks for pointing that out captain obvios. Id say Miami is becuase its a beach city and every one wants to live their. i respect what the spurs have achieved. they deserved to win a ring though. drafted duncan and got manu and parker in the second round. Bar dwade not one of the stars on the teams i mentioned were drafted! They just pay big money and use their cities as an advantage and then their fans act like its so amazing their a good team. dont be a right &$#%#&@! mate
Llperez I told him that in another post Miami is not a big market but because they have the big 3 he thinks they are. Miami was ranked in the middle of all markets in the NBA last year even with wade, james, and bosh. Football and baseball is still a bigger sport than basketball in the south, as the big markets like New York, Brooklyn, and LA basketball is king
Thank God they didn't get Gasol in the deal. Bynum and Pau for Howard was too much....
Let the lake show begin. Lol
The thing is both Howard and Bynum are ball dominant and want touches the difference is that Bynum wants touches while Dwight howard EXPECTS it. Dwights gonna come in and expect to be the man on offense, while the rest of the team wants him to be the defensive anchor and hustle guy on offense.
im going to be very interested in how the lakes mesh
"Lakers now have three ball dominant players in Kobe, Nash, and Howard. Obviously Nash looks for others but he still dominants the ball. I was a little skeptical at first when the Lakers got Nash, and how Kobe and him would co-exist."
Don't start with this. I will not stand by while we relive 2010 nonsense, which was absurd because it was the same garbage that came out of LA when they let Ariza leave and brought in Artest. How did those end up?
What are you talking about? Nash is ball dominant. Kobe is ball dominant. Dwight and Pau aren't really. Meaning they can be effective without the rock. I'm interested to see how Kobe and Nash mesh. I'm sure it will work. It will certainly work better than D Wade and Lebron in year 1 and maybe 2 because both guys can also shoot very well.
The trade is fantastic. However, I don't know how the Princeton offense will work with the new lineup. Maybe going back to the triangle could be a better choice.
Ball dominate just like Miami and their three ball dominate players. And Boston when they won with their three ball dominate guys. Lol. Yeah those turned out pretty bad. Every one knows Howard doesn't need the ball to dominate at all. Give him the same amount of shots as Bynum? Nash shot the same amount of shots Sessions shot last year so that's solved. Everyone will still get their shots and touches
"Llperez I told him that in another post Miami is not a big market but because they have the big 3 he thinks they are."
you'll have to refresh my memory on that one becasue i have never thought miami is a big market. In fact i said on this very thread they are not a few posts above yours