The closing of the Kobe window will be sad. That being said, we'll have different expectations for the team.
I think the "WIN NOW" mentality changes. IMO, that mentality was adopted because we have one of the GOAT in Kobe, who come around so rarely it's in the franchise best interest to sacrifice everything in favor of winning now.
This is all for Kobe----the $100 mil payroll, the willingness to hand out draft pick after draft pick, acquiring big names (well, that's a Laker tendency), making drastic coaching changes, etc. When Kobe is gone, the brass will have a different philosophy. I like what was said about locking in one solid player (Dwight) and then filling out the roster to compliment.
Look at what we did between 1990-1996:
Fell out of contention, had mediocre seasons (in Laker standards), acquire a plethora of young talent via draft (Campbell, Jones, Van Exel, Bryant, Fisher), and then top it of with mega free agent landing in Shaq.
Fill out the team with veterans (Fox, Horry, Rice, Harper) add a top tier coach, and you get a title. It took about ten years, but in-between people enjoyed watching the talent in those 90's Laker teams.
I for one, hope we can build through the draft, a la the 1996 squad. I think doing it the organic way causes success--Look at the Thunder & Spurs. Even the Clippers.
Thing is, I don't see Dwight waiting for us to grow young talent to contend. He probably would want to add another star & veterans. Good plan but with new CBA it's harder to then fill out your roster with valuable role players. And depending on who the star is.......isn't there some rule that you can only offer one player a max deal or something?
It's hard not to make a case for Dwight deserving the max.....but what if Kyrie Irving wanted to be a Laker?