Eddie had a bad habit of disappearing in the playoffs *every* year. So much as I loved his athleticism, I stopped liking him on the Lakers because dammit, the ring is the thing and Eddie was not helpful toward that goal. Could not wait for Kobe to take his starting job. So I wasn't sorry to see him traded, heck I'm still not sorry even if Rice didn't work out, that was a trade that had to be made: Buss wasn't paying big salaries to 2 off-guards and there was a hole at the 3.
My fave Lakers from the 90's: Sedale Threatt and Nick Van Exel. Loved them both. Neither was afraid of the spotlight. Threatt was originally brought in to be Magic's backup but was thrust into the starting role when Magic was forced to retire; I liked the way he stepped up, he had that great move to his left with the push off jumper. Regarding Van Exel, yeah there's "Cancun", but I'll never forget his very first game as a Laker; he had an excellent game and I was just blown away. And I'll always love Van Exel for very last time the Lakers played in the old Boston Garden: he won that game for the Lakers with a near 50 foot last second heave from midcourt near the out of bounds line, then promptly turned around and ran into the locker room with celebrating teammates. Eat that, Red!
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.