Just when we thought that the Los Angeles Lakers were done “wheeling and dealing” this off-season, signing three-time MVP Steve Nash and veteran journeyman Antwan Jamison; they added another big name in Dwight Howard by way of a monumental, four team deal. In return, L.A. only gave up Andrew Bynum and two future draft picks. Yes lightning struck twice for L.A. For the second time the “Lakeshow” stole a franchise center from Orlando. In 1996, Shaquille O’Neal left Orlando for the Hollywood lights. Ironically, both centers dawn the nickname “Superman”.
Dwight Howard might not insure that Kobe Bryant will get ring number six, but he will provide something that the Lakers lacked since Shaq’s departure in 2004. Total dominance inside the paint! L.A. will not have to worry about point guards making layups at will while this guy is on the court. He’s not a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year because of his looks. Howard is a force to be reckoned with. D12 can easily give you 20 points and 14 rebounds a game.
Howard might not have the offensive foot work of Andrew Bynum but he runs floor better and his defense is unmatched. Pau Gasol is exceptionally good at the high post position and he’s one of the best passing big men in the game. Add Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles will provide a newer version of “Showtime”!
Howard’s mobility will make him and his teammates the Kings of the pick and roll. Superman can defend quick guards like Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul better than any big man. These players have killed the Lakers the past few seasons.
At 26, Howard may not have been as obsessed with winning a championship as Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. However, Bryant’s quest for tying Michael Jordan and Nash’s consumption of getting his first will offer a winning mentality for the young superstar.
Take advantage Howard! Take advantage!
By Keith Madyun