Analysis on the Four Headed Dragon in Los Angeles

The NBA; where the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes… poorer?

The Los Angeles Lakers have become richer indeed! They had one of their most epic offseason in a decade. They were able to add 2-time MVP Steve Nash and the best big man in the game, Dwight Howard.

And just like that, the Los Angeles Lakers are now considered as one of the the FAVORITES to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy this season, and for maybe 2-3 more years! This is, mind you, despite the fact that they had a very rough start to the season and are finding themselves out of the Playoff race. But fear not – because Steve Nash has returned and the Lakers are actually on a 4 game winning streak.

But before we all get excited about what the Lakers have done – let us take a closer look on the 4-headed dragon in Los Angeles, and of course, the X-Factor in their starting 5.

At Point Guard; Steve Nash!

Steve Nash
Steve Nash will go down as one of the best point guards in NBA history. His intelligence and creativity with the basketball is simply unmatched in today’s game. And even at 38 years old, he’s still one of the top point guards in the league.

What he brings to the Lakers though is more than just play making. For once in Kobe Bryant’s career, he has someone in the back court that can take over the game like he can. Someone Kobe can trust. Although Kobe always respected Derek Fisher, Fisher was never the kind of point guard that could impact the game the way Nash can. Kobe can now confidently let his point guard run the show.

Nash will orchestrate the offense and make sure that Kobe, Pau, and Dwight get the touches that they need. Above anything else, Nash will set the pace for the Lakers offense and inject his own style of play. With the Lakers’ offensive playbook now far from what Phil Jackson implemented, Nash will help out his former Suns Coach Mike D’antoni in implementing the offense and act as a playing coach on the court.

At Shooting Guard, Kobe Bryant!

Kobe Bryant
Kobe will always be Kobe. We know him, and we surely know his game. That won’t ever change. No matter how old Kobe gets, he’s still going to shoot the basketball as much as he wants. Only this time, he doesn’t need to shoot as much as he did. With Nash handling the rock, Kobe won’t have to drop 35 points a game for the Lakers to win.

The Lakers are very deep this season, and this is probably one of, if not the deepest team Bryant has ever been.

Make no mistake about it that the Lakers are still Kobe’s team, but he’s a very smart player and he realizes that it’s time for him to play a more team oriented game if he wants to win another title.

At Power Forward, Pau Gasol!

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol is one of the most skilled big men in the game. His offense will be an asset for the Lakers, especially against the Miami Heat who has no answer for Gasol’s offensive prowess.

Gasol will benefit from Steve Nash’s play making skills. He will get easy baskets that he never had in his entire career. If given enough touches, Gasol may be poised to have his best offensive season, thanks to Steve Nash.

Despite the trade rumors of him being traded elsewhere, Gasol looks to be part of this Lakers team for the long haul – or until after this season at least.

At Center, Dwight Howard!

Dwight Howard
Well, what can we say? The Dwightmare finally ended when the Orlando Magic decided to pull the trigger and send Dwight Howard to the L.A. Lakers.

Now, the Lakers have the best big man in the game once again (see: Shaquille O’neal, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain). Dwight is an obvious upgrade from Andrew Bynum, despite Bynum being the better offensive player among the two.

With Howard’s superior defense and presence in the paint, the Lakers became instant favorites to win the title. Howard fell to Bryant’s Lakers back in 2009 in the NBA Finals. Now, Howard will have a shot to win a title alongside Kobe Bryant. With Howard manning the middle, the Lakers are confident that they have what it takes to make it out of the Western Conference and beat the Miami Heat.

These four are giving every Lakers fan a brand new hope and excitement for their team. But if they want to win it all, the other guy from the starting line-up should contribute, *cough* Metta *cough*.

To know more about the Lakers’ X-Factor, read our next article about him.