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The Los Angeles Lakers have just come off arguably the best offseason in franchise history.  Star point guard Steve Nash and superstar center Dwight Howard were signed in hopes of bringing Los Angeles back to the Finals and its 17th championship.  Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers also introduced their new head coach Mike Brown, brought in due to Hall of Fame-er Phil Jackson’s retirement.  Brown had spent his head coaching career with Lebron James in Cleveland; the front office felt that he would be the perfect fit coaching superstars like Kobe Bryant.  Unfortunately, in his first season in LA, the Lakers were booted out in the first round of the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets.  Now, with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard leading the Los Angeles troops, LA is looked at to win it all in the 2012-2013 season. Haven’t we seen this show before?  The same expectations were given to the Miami Heat in the 2010-2011 season.  With the signing of small forward Lebron James and power forward Chris Bosh to pair with star shooting guard Dwyane Wade, everything seemed set in stone for Miami to gain its second championship, but it didn’t happen.  Team chemistry was most likely to blame for Miami’s losing season.  Pairing three stars on one team doesn’t guarantee a ring; chemistry must be formed.  One year later, Miami went on to win the NBA Championship.  Will the Lakers follow suit? Dwight Howard has been known to have his problems with teammates; most notably with Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic.  Last season, Howard felt as though no one was stepping up to share the load that he was carrying.  Understandably, he also wanted a championship, and felt like Orlando couldn’t fill that need.  Now with Howard in Los Angeles, the question is will he be able to co-exist with Kobe Bryant, the man known for taking the ball, and the game, under his control.  Howard, used to being the go-to-guy on offense,  may have to re-focus, mainly on his defensive presence.  Remember,  Howard is a three-time defensive player of the year and averages 18.4 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.  He should have no problem adjusting to his new role.  Steve Nash, on the other hand, has made a career assisting other players scoring, as is known for directing the offense instead of providing it.  Nash averages 14.5 points with 8.6 assists and should be the perfect fit for a team that has lacked a great set up man for years. There are two directions that the Lakers could travel: dueling stars looking to take over L.A. or a dream team designed for multiple championships?  If recent history proves true, this season could be a bust for the Lakers, but if team chemistry can form early on, then the Lakers might expect to make their way back to the finals, and possibly take home their 17th NBA title.
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