The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the premier franchises in the NBA for decades. They've already got 16 championship banners up in the Staples Center, and they are definitely going to be one of the favorites to add another one at the end of this season. It's been very busy off-season for the Lakers, as they have added one piece after another. Will they be able to make all of the pieces fit together in time to make a run?
Adding the Pieces
The Lakers already had a pretty tough team the last few years. Anytime you have a superstar like Kobe Bryant on your team, you know you've got a chance to win. They also had Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, which was a pretty intimidating tandem of big men. Over the offseason, they traded Bynum and picked up Dwight Howard, a huge upgrade on all accounts.
Howard is perhaps the most dominant big man in the league today. As if that wasn't enough, they also picked up Antawn Jamison and Steve Nash. Nash may be getting older, but he is still one of the best floor generals in the league, and with all of these pieces around him, he's poised to have a great year. They've also got Metta World Peace, Steve Blake, and a number of other talented players on the roster.
This is essentially an all-star team that they've put together in LA. Is there anyone else out there who can compete with them? Two teams in particular come to mind in the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat have their own all star team with the "big three" of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. In the offseason, they also added sharpshooter Ray Allen.
The Thunder still have Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. Both of these teams are fresh off of an appearance in the NBA Finals and want more this year.
What Will Happen?
No one knows what will happen for sure during this upcoming season. The Lakers are definitely in a good position, but all-star teams don't always work well. It is surely going to be an exciting season for the fans. If you're a Lakers fan, now is the time to get your gear and merchandise for the year. Check out a 0% interest credit card card to help you finance the purchase of your gear with no interest.
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