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    With the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.
     
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    Al Hordord has opted out of the Celtics and may be going to the Lakers which, at the onset, is the center of all that gravity can be mustered right now. Which is ridiculous, because if we remember, Karl Malone and Gary Payton then were recruited into joining the Lakers by Shaq and Kobe in search of their first rings where they formed a formidable threat as a consensus Finals contender during the 2003-04 NBA campaign. And we know where that got them anyway, in a season where they could only play together for roughly 20 games, and which unraveled their continued lack of chemistry, cohesion and ego tripping but nonetheless went on to the Finals before losing handily in 5 games to a less than stellar Detroit Pistons.

    So whatever odds the Lakers have right now and all the talk about them being a Finals shoo-in, there’s 82 games to get through first plus three playoff rounds and the Finals, and in between, a lot of handiwork to be done to give each and every superstar, star and role player a chance to jell in and make it work.
     
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    ^Didn't Malone flirt with Kobe's wife?

    And Malone was playing hurt during the playoffs
     
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    barring major injuries to AD and LeBron i don’t see a team that can stop the Lakers especially in the playoffs. a lot had been said about Kawhi and the Raptors but let us be real, if KD and Klay were not injured Golden State would have handily beaten Toronto.

    comparing this Lakers to the team they had in 2004 and the one headlined by D12, Nash and Kobe is not fair in my opinion. the 2004 Lakers beat themselves. as for the Lakers featuring D12 and Kobe, as bad as that team was, we never got a chance to see that team in the playoffs since Kobe ruptured his achilles. had he not ruptured his achilles, who knows? and LeBron and AD are a better fit than the trio of Kobe, Nash in his post prime and D12 in the start of his decline.

    the only team that can beat a healthy serving of AD and LeBron is the Golden State Warriors if KD, Klay, Steph and Draymond are still together and are all healthy.
     
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    ^^ I wouldn't sleep on the Bucks and their even hungrier MVP next season. If Giannis shows up with a decent jumper next season (and I would expect him to), the Bucks would be a whole new beast. And as dysfunctional as the Rockets are, they are just one good player away from being a real threat (assuming CP3 and Harden doesn't kill each other first).

    I don't think we can pencil in Lebron and AD Lakers to be champs just yet. We need to see a reliable supporting cast. The Dubs injuries on their star players showed that all too clearly.
     
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    Ok, Lakers fans, we have a max player cap space now. Hang on to your seats!
     
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    I don't know why Lakers is still gunning for a 3rd max salary player. They need good role players to fit AD and James. They have Kuzma who is still developing. He has the potential to be LA's 3rd star.
     
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    What if Kyrie joins them... I would feel very sorry for K. Love!

    Remember the talk when Lebron went back to Cleveland, people were saying he wanted an upgrade from Wade and Bosh...

    If Kyrie joins the Lakers... AD is definitely an upgrade from Love.
     
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    they want to have that option at least. they may still end up with 2 2nd tier players instead.
     
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    Too many stars can spoil the broth, they say.

    AD and Lebron would do but adding Kyrie to the mix, or some other superstar slash star, would not necessarily be a good strategic workaround for the entire season. The age of Big Threes are gone and replaced by a superstar with a starring cast. Role players, come-from-behind players, real sixth and seventh men are the answer to a fluid and successful basketball team.

    But hey who are we to disagree? It’s their money nonetheless so why do we bother and bicker anyway.
     
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    Lakers is all about the brand, the drama, the dysfunction.

    Toronto just won and Vegas is already talking about the next championship.

    It's off-season right now, there's the Lakers, the Knicks, Celtics, Warriors and the others :)
     
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    Kawhi is going to The Six! as in to no. 6 - LBJ!

    to those asking why the Lakers will go for a 3rd superstar because by doing so, you essentially have one hand on the trophy. only major injuries and miracle (what Dallas did to Miami) will derail them.

    imagine if Kawhi or Kyrie decided to join AD and LeBron, you can probably book for the parade now because no one is beating that team. remember they have Kuzma too and that mid level to add another player. assuming they get a superstar to add to LeBron, AD and Kuzma that mid level guy will be their 5th guy. adding guys on minimum contracts will be easy since there is an allure of championship and playing time.

    i will not be surprised if they get Kawhi but i am tempering my expectation and counting on Jimmy Butler for now.
     
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    Well look at that...days ago it looked like the Boston Celtics were going to end up bust in the free agency sweepstakes, and look who they got now: 3-time All-Star and leading scorer of the Charlotte Hornets, Kemba Walker. The former UConn product who led the Huskies to a national championship in 2011 in his junior year is quitting Charlotte despite a $170M offer sheet as against Boston’s $144M. Apparently the one reason he gave them was that it was all about joining a winning team that can go all the way. Walker would be joined in the starting lineup by Gordon Hayward, Jalen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Oh and yeah, good riddance Kyrie.
     
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    Here we go!

    KD and Kyrie in Brooklyn
    Kemba to Boston
    Malcolm Brogdon to Indiana
    DRose to Detroit
    JJ Redick to New Orleans
    Rubio to Phoenix.

    Knock knock, Kawhi and Jimmy...
     
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    ^ There's noise that Kawhi and Butler are teaming up with the Clippers.

    If Kawhi gets to be a Laker, give Magic some credit.

    Or everything's a smokescreen and Kawhi intends to stay with the Raptors. Raptors are seemingly quiet you know and aren't making any plan B moves should Kawhi leave.
     
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    KD has that Frank Sinatra song all cued up.
    Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.
    I want to be a part of it, New York... er, Brooklyn is in New York, right, Kyrie?!
     
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    In other news, the New York Knicks again failed to capitalize on the bumper free agent market, because James Dolan is a scrooge and a miser.
     
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    Add to that.

    Jimmy Butler goes to Miami.
     

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