A Five Step Plan To Fix The Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are trying desperately to re-sign Dwight Howard in the hopes that he will help the Lakers improve after a season that they were a seven seed and swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. GM Mitch Kupchak, head coach Mike D’Antoni and company are surely hard at work trying to ensure the highest quality roster possible to avoid a repeat of this.
HOWEVER I, Jay Sanin, the basketball genius that I am, have devised a five step plan to fix the Lakers once and for all. It is as follows.
Let Dwight Howard Go
Dwight Howard is a great talent when he is at his best. But let's face it, he isn't fully healthy and there is no guarantee that he ever will be. He is also kind of a jerk, and that's Kobe's job on this team. So Dwight has to go for the good of the team.
Have Kobe Miss 2013-2014 Season
Kobe Bryant is recovering from an Achilles injury that has cost many players their careers. Meanwhile, the Black Mamba says that he wants to play another three years before retiring. Wouldn't it be smart to say, "hey, Kobe, why don't you sit this year out and make sure that Achilles is 100%, extending your career another year in the process?" Kobe gets healthy, and is better long term, and everybody is happy.
Tank For A Top Three Draft Pick
Without Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, the Lakers would be a really bad team in 2013-2014. This is a good thing! Let Earl Clark and Andrew Goudelock get some run, while the losses continue to pile up. A finish in the bottom three in the NBA would guarantee a top three draft pick and a two out of three shot at either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, potential future stars. Things are starting to come together.
Woo LeBron James In 2014
By this point, the Lakers would have a healthy Kobe Bryant again, as well as a top three draft pick in the NBA Draft. Coincidentally, LeBron James may no longer be a member of the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014. Making the following sales pitch would make him a Laker in no time:
"So, LeBron, here's what we're thinking. We're going to make you the alpha dog of a team with a healthy Kobe Bryant, a top three pick in the NBA Draft, and whoever else agrees to take less money to play alongside you and two other stars. This has worked for you before.
Oh, and you'd get to play in Los Angeles, where you would instantly be the most famous athlete since Michael Jordan himself, and could surpass him if you won enough championships. Sound good?"
Something tells me he, or any human for that matter, wouldn't turn that down.
Win Multiple Championships
At this point, the only thing left would be execution on the court. This would be the easy part. I just saved the Los Angeles Lakers.