ABOUT THE DWIGHT HOWARD TRADE (nba)
August 13, 2012 10:13pm CST
its been a great deal for the lakers for having dwight in the team and losing andrew bynum in their team. compare to dwight, bynum have a medium range of shooting than dwight, he has a rebounding skill but it cant provide what lakers needs to become the toughest team because andrew has no experience yet about what to do being a competetive center..than dwight that has already more skills, his not that good in shooting range but he has the ability to rebound, shoot blocking, can create a play and can do the best for being a center..
19 Aug 12
dwight howard will be a starting point for the lakers to take the championship and this will the last shot for kobe too. After this, kobe will retired from the NBA, even dwight can't shoot like bynum, the lakers have kobe and metta world peace for that :D
• United States
14 Aug 12
It certainly seems as if the Lakers addressed a lot of their needs by trading for Howard. Now they have another big man to run the pick and roll with Steve Nash. He also is a more imposing defensive presence than Bynum was, in my opinion. I think what sets this group of older Lakers apart from the last time they had 4 big stars on their team (2004) is that these players fit together better as a unit, in my opinion. Another difference is just the age of them. While Karl Malone was 40 when he was on the team and Payton was 36 (and Kobe was 25 and Shaq was 30 if I remember correctly), their older stars now are Nash at 38 and Kobe at 33. While they both have been in the league for 16 years, I think their games age better than did Malone's and Payton's did for a few reasons. First, they are similar in age in numerical terms as I pointed out above. Second, I think their games age better than Malone and Payton. I say this because although they are on the older side, Kobe and Nash both had productive seasons last year. You also have to factor in that Malone was injured durIng the Finals and was in a very limited role. I am not saying the series would have been drastically different, but it is worth mentioning. I think the moves the Lakers made (including getting Jamison and others) puts them right with OKC in the west. That WCF could be very entertaining.
• United States
14 Aug 12
I'm not a Lakers fan at all, but I think they are easily top two in the West along with Oklahoma City. Adding Howard and Hash to their team, makes them a really complete team in my opinion. The only thing is if they are able to gel and mesh together. Remember back in 2004 when they had O'Neal, Bryant, Payton, and Malone, and they lost to the Pistons in the finals? I wouldn't anoint them as the favorites to win next season, but I'll say they have a really great chance at doing it.