Just when you thought that next season with the
Laker basketball has always been able to metamorphose. As a child I watched
Howard spent the last year attempting to be traded to the
Howard is only 26 and will be the team leader for years to come once Kobe retires. In return, the Lakers gave Orlando a first-round draft pick and sent center Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia in the four-team deal.
The Lakers figure to finish high and draft extremely low next year. The chance of such a player making much difference is faint. Bynum is an enigma who may never realize his great talent. He made the All-Star team this year and is commonly thought to be the second-rated NBA center behind Howard. His athleticism and talent are beyond compare. When he wants to, he can control the floor. He had a game with more than 30 rebounds this year. He has been in the League for seven years and is not an ingénue anymore, but he acts like one.
One game he is overpowering and the next game he disappears. His effort is totally inconsistent. And he has a sense of entitlement that leads to uncoachability. Remember a little over a year ago when he threw a temper tantrum in the
Bynum is a classic case of an unequal proportion of talent and heart. Year after year we see athletes who are uniquely gifted with athleticism. The underachievement of high-round draftees in all major sports occurs every year. That is because it takes discipline and desire to achieve at the professional level. In the
A happy Dwight Howard will be a devastating player. We are fortunate to have the quality of ownership for the Lakers. The Buss Family has set a standard of excellence and championship expectations for the franchise. The NBA specifically designed its new collective bargaining agreement to prevent the accumulation of dynasties. Every part of the CBA is supposed to operate to achieve parity. Creative, well-run organizations will always find ways to maintain their edge, notwithstanding bad draft position or salary caps. Staples will be rocking this year.