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man...the tank is definitely on...but how is that gonna square when Kobe comes back? I mean...why even bring Kobe back this year?
better question is, with all that salary cap room, you've already said they're probably going after Melo...but do you REALLY think any combination of Kobe/Melo = contender? I think we all remember how old and aging volume scorer + Melo worked the last time someone tried that combo with Iverson.
Even healthy Kobe won't save them when he comes back. Personally, I'd shut him down but then again, how do you tell him that. He'd murder you. But he's still rusty, and will be even more rusty. If they deal Pau at the deadline, it's over and it would be dumb to roll Kobe out there.
Melo is certainly part of the plan, but I don't think it's a good plan. In all honesty though, the NBA is about the pairing of Superstars with the correct role players - that's where the battle is most often won. I don't see any potential contender type role players on the Lakers right now, other than Jordan Hill who is an effort and rebound machine, so Mitch has a hell of a job on his plate...and Jim Buss is a freaking idiot which doesn't help.
agreed with all of the above. I think it's gonna be a pretty ugly ending for Kobe's career...which I'm totally fine with.
Honestly, I'd be fine with two years of focused "gun Kobe, gun" and see what magical performances he can squeeze out of the rock. Isn't going to win titles, but could be fun. He's not in 81 shape any more, but I can see some 50 streaks.
i'll be surprised if you get any magic out of the next two years. being able to shoot 30 times a game with no talent around you is one thing at 28-30, but having to do carry that much of load at 36 is just begging for more stress on a body that could already be breaking down.
Agreed... Though, I have no doubt Kobe will come back and, on rare occasion, put up 30 points... making people believe in him and the potential that he could play a pivotal role in leading the team to a championship.
The reality is exactly how you say however. In order for Kobe to last a few more years, he simply can't be "the guy" any longer. Will the Lakers realize this and being to put better pieces around him? Will Kobe allow it to happen and allow himself to become the #2 or #3 option?? Doubt it...