On one side of the Los Angeles Lakers' practice court, Dwight Howard is shooting free throws and talking defense with Pau Gasol. On the other end, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are plotting out a pick-and-roll play with step-by-step precision.
And somewhere in the middle, Metta World Peace's mind is blowing.
''Everybody on the starting five has led their own team and been the go-to guy, the best player on a team,'' World Peace said. ''We've all been the man somewhere else, and now we're together. It's unbelievable. They're all rock stars, but everybody has a great attitude. It's a great time, great time for us.''
The Lakers are a fantasy basketball team brought to life this fall. Thanks to the nimble offseason moves of general manager Mitch Kupchak, Los Angeles has assembled one of the most accomplished starting lineups in NBA history, from Nash's MVP awards and Bryant's scoring superlatives to Howard's defensive dominance and Gasol's international acclaim.
Whether those accomplish...