A year after eating sour grapes in the Chris Paul trade fiasco, it seems The Lake Show is in an even better position to make another title run. A probability? Eh. A possibility? Definitely.
Dwight Howard has taken a lot of crap over the past few seasons–from the media, from the fans, from his coach and the Magic owners. Many forget the finals run, in which he led a band of marginal NBA stars through the eastern conference, before eventually losing to the Lakers. Howard sat along the sideline during the celebration, soaking in the loss…or perhaps he was coming to a long, drawn-out conclusion that he needed to leave Orlando.
Dwight Howard is a beast, and he has been grossly underachieving. When he wants to dominate, he dominates. The drama surrounding his poor relationship with former head coach, Stan Van Gundy, certainly played into Howard’s psyche, and it obviously translated to inconsistent play on the floor at times.
Moving to Los Angeles, Howard will be able to release a significant weight from his enormous shoulders. With Kobe Bryant serving as one of the league’s premier scorers and defenders, Howard will enjoy a lot of those funnel points, because teams won’t be able to regularly double team him, without leaving 3 other significant scoring threats wide open. Bryant, Gasol from mid-range, and of course, Steve Nash, who will serve as that offensive X-factor that the Lakers have really been missing over the past three seasons.
They’re definitely going to win some games.