Dwight Howard: Lakers Still Have on-Court Work to Do to Be Championship Caliber

August 14th, 2012 by Richard Langford Leave a reply »
Slow down championship-planning Laker fans, this team still has plenty to iron out before they will be ready to hoist another Larry O'Brien trophy. 

Obviously, with as much talent as the Lakers boast, a championship is a very real possibility, but they have to get that talent to gel, and that is not going to be an easy task. 


Kobe and Nash

The most glaring adjustment actually has nothing to do with Howard, and everything to do with Kobe Bryant. With the addition of Steve Nash, the all-time great is going to have to get used to playing without the ball. This is not a role Kobe is accustomed to. 

Last season, Kobe's usage rate of 35.67 percent easily led the league. This is not out of the ordinary for Kobe. He has never played with a point guard that sets his team up in the offense. The role of the point guard alongside Kobe has largely been to get the "Mamba" the ball, and hit outside jumpers when someone kicks it out to them. 

This would be a terrible misuse of Nash's talents. While he can drill open shots all game long, he has an even greater value by orchestrating th ...

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