However, Cuban cited recent history as proof that offseason splashes don’t guarantee postseason celebrations. “The Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work,” said Cuban, referring to the 2003-04 Lakers who lost in the Finals while responding to a fan’s question about so-called super teams Monday. “It takes great chemistry. ... It takes guys wanting to be there. I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.” ESPN.com
Let's just go down the line, checking who clearly wants to be here and why:
Steve Nash- took less money to be here for his kids and play for a ring. Check.
Kobe Bryant- has stated he's going to retire a Laker, wants more rings. Check.
Ron Artest- came here for less money, has spent all summer slimming down to play here. Check.
Pau Gasol- released a freaking video about how glad he was to be here at the deadline. Check.
Dwight Howard- has stated he wants to be here long term, finally out of Orlando, smile on his face. Check.
Steve Blake- plays hard even given his limitations as a player, good locker room guy. Check.
Jodie Meeks- took less dough, direct quote on LA: "it's not always about money, it's about winning." Check.
Devin Ebanks- wouldn't sign until he was sure he wouldn't be traded so that he could stay. Check.
Antawn Jamison- took WAY less money to come here and compete for a ring. Check.
Jordan Hill- took less money to stay in LA because he wanted to be here. Check.
Chris Duhon- who cares? He's not likely to play much, he's here because we had to take him.
Andrew Goudelock- playing for respect, minutes, and to stay on the team (motivated for LA). Check.
Darius Johnson-Odom- not on the team, but playing to make the roster (motivated for LA). Check.
Earl Clark- trying to stay in the NBA, but really isn't expected to play at all.
Robert Sacre- young, wants to prove himself, knows his spot, wants to be an NBA player. Check.
Everyone except Duhon and Clark have a reason to be here and want to be here. Our rotation players especially are all here because they want to be here. Shove it Cuban.