The NBA trade deadline had just ended. Pau Gasol still came out as a Laker again after a series of trade talks that started two seasons ago. He will become an unrestricted free agent when the season ends and he could sign with any team that could give him a better contract.
Los Angeles is in the bottom standing in the West, which means they will have no chance of going to the Playoffs. Without their key players in Steve Nash and Kobe, with Gasol nursing injuries, the Lakers pummelled to the ground taking with them their hopes of a championship or Kobe’s six immortal rings.
Pau will be weighing all the options; he had two NBA championships and a chance to get another one if he signs with a championship caliber team. 33 years old and a series of injuries, it naturally becomes a no-brainer for him. Why would he sign to a team who don’t want him in the first place? He could be an effective player on teams such as Miami, Indiana, OKC or with his brother Marc Gasol in Memphis. We all know the Lakers coach Mike D’ Antoni isn’t in love with low-post players who demands the ball most of the time. D’Antoni’s system is more on the transition run and gun type of offense which makes Pau unhappy, receiving just a few touches.
But without Nash and Kobe, Pau is the only superstar left in the team; Mike should have the proper adjustment just to keep the team rolling. Why are the Portland Trail Blazers ranking so high and winning lots of games? It’s because they have a happy LaMarcus Aldridge.
We can’t say the Lakers would win as much games as Portland but it will help them develop their chemistry, instead of playing more “one on ones” with their expiring contracts on the block.
If Pau leaves the Lakers, Kobe Bryant would be devastated. Gasol was always the perfect dancing partner to Kobe. They would both speak Spanish in the court so opponents do not know what they are thinking. Gasol understands Bryant more than anyone in the team. Kobe pushed him to be tough, and Pau responded, in helping him win two championships. He is the perfect Robin for Batman.
And now the Lakers are slowly slipping away.
The Lakers with their dismal showing could end up in a lottery pick this 2014 with a very talented draft class. They could get baby Olajuwon in Joel Embiid or Jabari Parker to fill in Pau’s void.
Somehow, it’s too good to be true.
People come and go; dynasties have been built and rebuilt, for the Lakers…
This might be the end.
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