lakersin4 wrote:If Kobe's still Kobe I don't think we're as far away as most seem to think.
Assuming that's true, we need to acquire lottery picks or make miraculous trades if we want something to happen. Kobe will be 35 next season, and he's not getting any younger. Kareem eventually gave up his chair to Magic when he got older. We can't just go out and get a "sidekick" for Kobe. We need a major player who will take over the reigns for the future.
So far, everything seems to be riding on Pau's $20 million expiring.
Bottomline, don't be upset if we're not going to be contending for awhile.