Purple and Gold Dilemma: How Will The LA Lakers Replace Kobe Bryant?

October 5th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
One of the reasons the Los Angeles Lakers are the NBA's most consistent franchise is the ability to renew their talent base by attracting top tier players to Hollywood.

The Lakers have only missed the playoffs twice in the history of the franchise, and that sterling record is due to a succession of Hall of Fame players such as Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

But how do the Lakers replace what may be arguably the top player in the history of the franchise?

Kobe Bryant will likely retire in the next few seasons, and when he does Bryant will be the most decorated and accomplished player to ever wear a Lakers uniform.

General manager Mitch Kupchak will be facing a dilemma which is entirely different from 2004 when he basically re-built the entire team from scratch with Bryant as the focal point.

That team wasn't expected to compete with players such as Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on the roster, but the Lakers of the near future will be a strong team seeking to replace Bryant's leadership and charisma.

And scoring.

If Andrew Bynum can continue his development and av ...

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