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The Los Angeles Lakers could have a unique opportunity to steal a top free agent this offseason due to a perfect storm of events that could give several elite players leverage to force their teams to make sign-and-trade deals.
Barring a devastating reignition of the coronavirus pandemic, the good news is the NBA is going to resume the season. The bad news, however, is nobody knows what the resumption of the season is going to look like.
Toronto Raptors’ free agent point guard Fred VanVleet was looking forward to getting paid this offseason after enjoying his best season in the NBA by averaging a career best 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game.
Pro sports is replete with key moments or tuning points that transformed careers and changed legacies of players and teams. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves at one of those moments.
Heralded by everyone as the next LeBron James coming out of high school, the 6′ 6″, 280 lb 19-year old Zion Williamson has the freakish athleticism and otherworldly physicality the NBA has not seen since LeBron James.
Luka Doncic looks more like the NBA version of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ than a legit candidate to defeat an elite cast of athletically gifted superstars like Giannis, Kawhi, and KD to become best player of the next decade.
Despite spending his first seven years with the Pelicans out of the spotlight and his year with the Lakers in the shadow of LeBron James, Anthony Davis has the physical talent and basketball skills to be king of the next decade.
A two-time NBA Finals MVP and NBA champion, Kevin Durant was another superstar whom, like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard, analysts believed had surpassed LeBron James to be the best player in the league.
As the reigning Finals MVP and a two-time NBA champion, Kawhi Leonard is another superstar whom, like Giannis Antetokounmpo, certain analysts believe has now passed LeBron James as the best player in the NBA.
As reigning MVP and odds on favorite to repeat again this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the superstar most analysts believe will dethrone LeBron James as the king and best player on the planet over the next decade.
With only a few bottom dwelling teams having cap space, a dearth of elite free agents, and a chance the salary cap and luxury tax limits will go down, the Lakers’ non-taxpayer MLE could suddenly become a powerful weapon.
When you’re a Lakers fan, it’s a challenge to select four superstar players to be immortalized on your Mount Rushmore but choosing one superstar with which to start a franchise among these legends is tantamount to impossible.
While most NBA franchises would be happy to win a single championship, the Los Angeles Lakers have always looked for ways to build dynasties that could win multiple championships. That’s how you win 16 championships.
Slowly but surely it’s become obvious the coronavirus pandemic is going to create a new normal we never envisioned and transform everything we’ve known and become accustomed to about the NBA and professional sports.
There’s a chance LeBron James may choreograph an entirely different kind of last dance than the high scoring egos of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan created, one that could set the stage for a Los Angeles Lakers dynasty.
Tom Wong has been a passionate Lakers fan since 1971 when the Lakers traded for Wilt Chamberlain. Tom was one of the main contributors to the LA Times Lakers Blog. After that venue imploded back in 2012, Tom founded Lakerholics, where he’s currently it’s publisher and driving force.
Tom’s a retired successful entrepreneur who’s been a regular contributor on Medium and Twitter as @LakerTom. He lives in Mill Valley in Northern California with his wife Teresa and two cats Kato and Miko. His lifetime love journey with basketball is now focused on coaching his granddaughters Alexa and Mia.
While he strives to be objective, Tom’s an unabashed and unapologetic Lakers fan. He’s a strong proponent of Lakers exceptionalism and the value of analytics in evaluating the game. He also owns a well-deserved reputation of being able to find a silver lining in any Lakers’ cloud.
Since his birth in 1974, Jamie Sweet’s been attending live Laker games, getting pumped watching them at home, and cheering enthusiastically for what he considers the greatest team in the history of sports. Jamie was a loyal supporter and major contributor of the LA Times Lakers Blog until it’s demise in 2012.
Born just a couple blocks away from the Fabulous Forum, Gerald’s fascination for the Lakers began at an early age as he watched Chick Hearn call the games on KHJ TV Channel 9. No matter where he’s laid his Lakers’ cap, Gerald’s thoughts for the team have never been too far away.
Now living in Las Vegas, Gerald’s used the knowledge gained from his 40 plus years of following the team, his Journalism Degree with National University, and his ten plus years of experience writing articles and publishing podcasts to bring you the best analysis and information on the Lakers and the NBA.
Catch Gerald’s work here at Lakerholics, or on the Lakers Fast Break podcast on Anchor, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts! Gerald also produces Game Source Podcast, Inside Sports Fantasy Football, and the popular Pop Culture Cosmos which covers the latest news and trends in pop culture.
NBA writer for USA Today. Former Warriors writer for The Mercury News; Former Lakers writer for LA Daily News blogger for LA Times.