L.A. Lakers: Can Chris Paul or Deron Williams Restore the Franchise’s Magic?

August 27th, 2011 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Some fans of the Los Angeles Lakers point to the team's weakness at the point guard position as one of the primary reasons for their disappointing failure in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, but advocates of that theory should review recent Lakers history.

Lakers great Magic Johnson set the standard for how players should play the point guard position at the professional level, but the franchise has not had an elite player at that position since Magic retired—Gary Payton doesn't count.

Los Angeles has never found a lead guard that can fill Magic's shoes, but in all honesty, how does a team ever replace a player who is without question the greatest point guard ever to play the game, and is arguably the NBA's greatest player ever?

The short answer is you don't, but that hasn't diminished the team's success in Magic's absence.

The Lakers have still managed to win five NBA championships without an elite point guard, and that little tidbit of knowledge is never really taken into consideration when debating who the Lakers should target in free agency.

The NBA lockout has prevented teams from making any moves in the offseason, but it ...

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