Originally written October 18, 2012 on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
In an interesting article by ESPN, they take a look at what the future holds for the Los Angeles Lakers when Kobe Bryant finally decides to take his talents to the beaches of retirement. Speaking of taking talents elsewhere, ESPN discusses the idea that the Lakers could possibly be paving the way to land LeBron James.
The Lakers themselves are very familiar with convincing big names to play for them from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Bucks to Shaquille O’Neal from the Magic to stealing Pau Gasol for a bag of chips to Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
In the ESPN article, they take note that a handful of NBA executives really believe the Lakers are eyeing for the next big thing once 2014 comes rolling around. Kobe Bryant has made his idea known that he will play through the remaining two years of his contract and will contemplate retirement. After that, the team is going to be in the hands of Dwight Howard, given that he signs an extension at the end of this upcoming 2012-2013 season. On the other hand, by 2014, the Lakers will have money to spend. One general manager reportedly said,
It’s not a mistake that all those deals end the same year Kobe’s does. They have probably been planning for their next phase for a while. The Busses and Mitch Kupchak are always thinking about the next big deal.
This prediction holds some interest, but for now, the target is to dethrone LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Personally, I cannot even fathom the idea of rooting for the Lakers that is led by a guy named LeBron James. Then again, being a fan means standing by your team regardless if the roster includes a bum like Smush Parker or an All-Star like Dwight Howard.

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