Originally posted by socalfan21:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
To the original poster. Nah.
Howard is just going to a younger team with better young superstars. He sees the writing on the wall. Kobe is older, coming off a real bad injury, Nash is older and often injured, Gasol is a bit soft and getting older. The Lakers in 2013 are just not going anywhere. They are clearing cap room for 2014. Now 2014, 2015 and beyond that's a different story. But there is nothing in 2013 for the Lakers. And Howard could see that.
You know in 2008-2009 I didn't think there was anything for the Lakers also... They went to the NBA finals and almost won a title. I still have faith. A new season is a clean slate for the Lakers, especially with the kind of talent they still have with Kobe, Gasol and Nash. I don't care about ages. Obviously the Spurs debunked that myth this past season.
Parker is not that old. Kawhi Leonard is young and outstanding. One of the best young players in the league. The Lakers don't have talent like the Spurs. The Spurs are even younger at some of the key star positions.
Kobe is mid thirties coming off a huge injury. Nash is almost 40. And he was rarely healthy. They lost Howard in free agency. The team is not going to be better than they were. They should be worse. They are looking at 2014, 2015, 2016. That doesn't mean they can't rebuild it for the future. Maybe they can. But not next year. They Lakers have no player like Leonard who is young and can run the floor and play defense and rebound. He's an outstanding young player.
From San Diego State I might add. I saw him play in college many times (Leonard). He was always the best guy on the floor every night. You could tell he would play in the NBA and had a chance to be really good.
[ Edited by SanDiego49er on Jul 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM ]