"I think that if Payton can take the role like Magic did, making these other three guys better, being able to get the ball into Shaq, being able to play the two-man game like (John) Stockton did with Karl...
Malone brings to the Lakers something that they lack â€” the ability to hit an open shot 18 feet out. He can give them an inside presence which they donâ€™t have.
I think theyâ€™ll have bench strengths. Iâ€™m a big (Luke) Walton fan. I think heâ€™s kind of an old-time player. He does a lot of things, he understands the game and he makes other players better. I think heâ€™s going to be perfect for this whole situation. Heâ€™s the kind of a guy that makes the engine go. He oils lot of different parts.
If Payton can see the big picture, which Iâ€™m not sure he can, and doesnâ€™t try to become the fourth scorer, and if Kobe ever gets out of this â€” he looks like heâ€™s in a jam, doesnâ€™t he? â€” I think theyâ€™re going to be real hard to beat for a lot of reasons."
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