Armani wrote:Man, I would gladly exchange this roster for the 2006 one, just for prime Kobe. He and Phil together guarantee us a playoff spot, and at least the whole time I knew we just needed one other all star to get us back into contention... this roster lacks an engine. Way easier to get the Pau Gasol than a replacement for Kobe.
I'm sure we were talking year vs year, and not how you could move forward from this point on.
Too many factors from then vs now: new CBA, Dr. Buss gone, the competition in the West.