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Where do the LA Lakers go from here?
With a series loss to the Spurs imminent whatís next for the Lakers. Some big question marks, here are some thoughts on a few items:
The Future of Kobe: Scratch the idea of using the amnesty clause on Kobe. It turns out it doesnít really save the Lakers all that much money in the first place. Letting Kobe go only to work his butt off to rehab and likely represent another team in next yearís playoffs would be a public relations nightmare for the Lakers. They only logical plan is to sign Dwight Howard and keep Pau Gasol and then do whatever they can within the salary cap to build some depth on the team. Kobe should be back by the playoffs next season and with his relentless work ethic could very well come back and be effective next postseason.
Coach DíAntoni: The Lakers will likely hold on to Mike DíAntoni, but you have to wonder if itís reluctantly. With Kobe on the sidelines next season and a big question mark around the health of Steve Nash DíAntoni is going to have to revamp his style offensively, specifically around how he leverages the Lakers post players. The other area where DíAntoni gets a ton of heat is how his teams play defense. Anonymous sources are always tricky, but the longtime rumor thatís always surrounded DíAntoni coached teams is that not only are they bad on defense, but they donít really spend that much time practicing defense.
Blow it up and go after LeBron? Lebron James can leave Miami after next season. Heís making less than many current NBA superstars due to the fact he took a smaller contract to play with Wade and Bosh. The Lakers have a history of making the moves to land superstars like Shaq and Dwight Howard. Considering the track record of players coming back from Achilles injuries the Lakers canít really expect much from 37 year old Kobe when he returns. The Lakers could very well decide to hang on to Howard and clear out the roster to make a move towards Lebron. When Kobe comes off the books, Lebron could come on. Its likely far-fetched but is definitely something the Lakers will be pondering.
Either way itís going to be an interesting offseason in Lakerland.
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