clublakers wrote:Lakers4Ever, I guess the Lakers have two choices... win now with Shaq as our focus or win later with Kobe as our focus.
If we are going to pound it into Shaq then there is no harm in bringing in a couple of experienced veterans for a couple of years. When Shaq is done in 2006 (in theory), then we start the youth movement around Kobe.
If we concede that Shaq is on his way out already (mentally and physically), then we should start the youth movement now and build around Kobe.
My vote is to steer clear of the older vets and to get more athletic now. Shaq can still have an impact in the paint while our perimeter get quicker. But, I don't call the shots.
Unfornutately, I believe the Mitch Kup will be looking for a quick fix for the now, which means Pippen, Payton, Malone, etc.
Because of the spotlight and the RING potential, the Lakers can get quality veterans at a bargain. It's not everyday you have a center like Shaq. Shaq shapes up and 3 more in a row.
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