karacha wrote:Love him, or hate him, LA is the perfect city for Bron. He is a supremely talented athlete, no question, but my impression is that he plays basketball mainly to help him develop and improve his brand. He's a businessman first. In that sense, LA is the place for him.
However, Kobe is a problem. Well, not him personally, because they played together just fine -- but that contract is just too big.
Yeah I think Kobe is a perfect for him actually. A guy to keep him sharp, keep him honest... then take over in the 4th when LeBron gets scared to do it. Kobe is what Wade was supposed to be. The problem then is where is Bosh? Is it Gasol? I don't know, but I doubt it. Especially since we won't have enough to pay LeBron AND someone.
That Kobe contract is really annoying. If Kobe doesn't break his damn knee, then the world knows he's fine. Then it's not so far fetched to think a star might come here to join him. Now though he looks fragile and our situation looks precarious. Not to mention his contract gets in the way.
I'm less mad at Kobe though than Nash. Nash's 10 million is what's really killing us. If Nash didn't exist we have ample space to add LeBron AND a good player to fit with both of them (maybe Gasol, maybe Bosh takes a big cut).
We'll see. I think LeBron bides his time and stays another year. Sits it out and then sees what the landscape is like next summer. If he opts in, I expect the Lakers to try to make a play for Boozer/Pick(s).