I always wondered what happened to Ceballos. I was a big fan of his when the Lakers were in between Showtime and Shaqtime. He played some college ball at my alma mater, Ventura College. That is until he pulled that Dennis Rodman and went MIA during the season.
Concerning the best Laker trades:
The two huge trades in Laker history involve the acquisition of big men, Kareem and Shaq
The Kareem trade depleted the cupboard for the Lakers, so it took a while for him to be effective. That began with the arrival of Magic, but Kareem was the foundation of five titles.
The Shaq trade was an immense gamble, that would take a while to pay off. But his presence was the foundation of three titles.
The big men, of course, are the key for the Lakers and all of basketball.
When they've had a great big man, they've won titles.
Just on numbers alone, you'd have to say the Kareem trade was the greatest.
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Posted by: Roland Lazenby | December 28, 2005 at 06:14 AM
at http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblo ... ng_qu.html
I agree with this guy. This is from a blog in 2005, but it's a good read.
Some other great trades were:
Acquiring Wilt Chamberlain
from the Philadelphia 76ers for Archie Clark, Darrall Imhoff, and Jerry Chambers. Wilt played an integral part in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their 1st NBA championship. (this is Los Angeles not Minneapolis)
Acquiring Gail Goodrich for Mel Count. G.G. was part of the 1st championship. Goodrich then signed with the Jazz as a free agent... which led to a 1st round compensation - Magic Johnson
Sending Vlade Divc to Charlotte for their 1st round draft pick which turned out to be Kobe Bryant
Trading Kenny Carr and Donald Ford to Cleveland for their 1st round pick - which turned out to be 'Big Game' James Worthy