After a season last year that was subpar and not up to Lakers standards there have been big moves this off season to achieve that ever elusive 17th championship that would tie them with Boston. First by going out and signing the future Hall of Famer Steve Nash the Lakers backcourt just went from Sessions to Seasoned. This will greatly improve their three point shooting and also add a playmaker at the point LA hasn’t seen since Magic. The only question left for Nash is how he will gel with KB24. They have been intense rivals for most of their careers but when Nash was asked about how the chemistry between them will work he responded by saying I am coming into this team as Kobe’s work horse whatever he needs I will do. This shows great promise for Lakers fans in that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get a ring.
A couple months after that LA went and got the biggest free agent pick up since Shaq by signing Dwight Howard and instantly making them championship contenders. Now I know that all the critics will be saying you cannot buy championship and that in order to get a ring you have to earn it through the draft and building the current roster, but I feel that the Lakers are somewhere in the middle of that. They have built their roster by establishing good chemistry between the stars they have and have also added these key pieces which are entering the Lakers roster willing to do whatever it takes to win. Howard got what he wanted in a big market city in which championships are expected and the Lakers got exactly what they wanted by getting rid of Bynum that has failed to live up to the hopes of the Lakers fans and staff and adding a dominate force in the middle.
This upcoming season can’t come any sooner for Lakers fans but we should all just be calm for now. This whole off season is eerily similar to the 2003-2004 Lakers roster that boasted 4 Hall of Famers on the starting five. Even though they made the finals it was a cake walk for them through the regular season and playoffs and when their chemistry was tested in the Finals verse a very good Detroit team they crumbled under the pressure. The current LA roster is similar to the 03’ Lakers but with Kobe being the only man left from 03’ he will be the strong leader he has been and won’t let this Lakers roster get to big headed.