"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Surprise, Surprise

I loved rooting against the Lakers when I was a kid–during the Showtime Era I pulled for the Celtics–but I don’t mind them these days. I’m not a fan but I don’t hate them at all. I like rooting for Kobe. He’s a dick but that’s okay. Plus, I’m continually impressed that the Lakers win and win some more and are still able to bring in major talent. Like say, Dwight Howard. They are the anti-Knicks.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning and saw this from Howard Bryant: “There are the Yankees and there are the Lakers. And there is everyone else…”

Guess that explains it.

[Photo Via: Alex RossSt_uff (of) St.]

Categories:  1: Featured  Basketball  Games We Play

Tags:  dwight howard  the lakers

Share: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via email %PRINT_TEXT


1 Matt Blankman   ~  Aug 10, 2012 8:10 am

He's more than a dick, Alex. I will not root for that guy.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 10, 2012 8:41 am

2) True. And I understand.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 10, 2012 9:57 am

From Bill Simmons: http://es.pn/Nee0mp

"The Lakers Couldn't have played it any more perfectly these past six months: never biting on Orlando's "No, we need Gasol AND Bynum" power play, steadfastly refusing to assume Hedo Turkoglu's lousy contract in any Bynum deal, and pretending they weren't that interested in Howard (even though the league's third-best player was potentially falling into their laps). Once Howard's most likely suitor (Brooklyn) panicked about losing Deron Williams and guaranteed their non-Howard future, the Lakers responded by making their team a little more Howard-friendly with Steve Nash (one of a handful of NBA players that EVERYONE wants to play with), then hoped Howard's extended recovery stint in Los Angeles would nudge him toward saying, "Hey, you know what? Maybe playing in a celebrity-friendly, warm-weather market with Nash and Gasol would offset having to watch Kobe launch 23 shots a game for the next two years."

And as always with the Lakers, it worked out: They flipped the league's second-best center (a top-20 player) into the league's best center (and third-best player in the league) without sacrificing anything else of substance. I wrote this a few weeks ago and I'm writing it again: If scientists could create basketball-playing robots from scratch and were asked to create someone to play with Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Nash, basically, they would create Dwight Howard: a ridiculously strong shot blocker/rebounder who can run the floor and doesn't need the ball to be happy. In the span of 3.5 seconds, the Lakers went from "old, slow, can't defend anybody" to "who's stopping us?"

And if that's not enough, they went from "What the hell are we going to do these next two years with an aging team and no Plan B?" to "Hey, I know what we can do — we can try to win titles while also quietly retooling around the best center of this generation!" I'm gonna say this makes them a winner. Damn it all."

4 Matt Blankman   ~  Aug 10, 2012 10:01 am

[2] Not to take anything away from his brilliance on the court - he's just a major league creep and allegedly much more.

feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via email
"This ain't football. We do this every day."
--Earl Weaver