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The 2013 Lakers: Locked & Reloaded

What an off season it has been for the Lakers. Plenty of opinions and analysis with Twitter lighting it up. In the final wash, over the past 12 months, the Lakers have basically given up Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton and some low first round draft picks and turned it into Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Jordan Hill; and added some nice free agents in Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison. Wow. You think Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss don’t know what they are doing now? Expectations abound and opinions are divided about how it will all work; remember the summer of ’03 when Payton and Malone joined Kobe and Shaq – that didn’t work out too well.  Here’s a few articles to make your mouth water:

LA Times – TJ Simers: “Jim Buss gets the last laugh” – With Dwight Howard following Steve Nash to the Lakers, Buss makes his father proud.

ESPN LA – Arash Markazi: “Dwight Howard headed to Lakers” – Dwight Howard is happy to be a Laker, and his arrival punctuates Mitch Kupchak’s summer.

ESPN – Michael Wilbon: “Dwight Howard lucky to be a Laker” – Showtime returns to LA. Above all else, the Lakers know NBA titles are delivered by the men in the middle.

CBS Sports – Ken Berger: “Joining Kobe, Nash, Gasol in L.A., time for Howard to act like a champion” – Is Dwight Howard ready to stop playing around? Is he ready to play? Ready to take the torch from Kareem and, yes, Shaquille O’Neal, and help Kobe win his sixth NBA title? 

Hoopsworld – Eric Pincus: “Kupchak on Howard: We got the best” – The home runs have been hit for the summer.

And check out some of these photo spoofs from Laker fans all around the world!

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The Dream Team

20 years on and without doubt the finest collection of basketball players on one team ever. 11 Professionals and 1 College player. All 11 pros in the Basketball Hall of Fame & (apart from Chris Mullin) all in the NBAs Top 50 Greatest basketball players of all time. I still remember as a teenager hearing news about the Dream Team. You serious? Basically an NBA All Star team at the Olympics? In 1992, basketball was just reaching new heights. And this would propel the NBA and basketball into an even bigger spotlight

This great documentary just released by NBA TV takes us on the journey on the establishment and the trials & tribulations of the finest basketball team ever – original Dream Team. A must see for basketball aficionados. The old heads Magic and Bird going for one last hurrah, the torch being passed to Michael Jordan, and Malone & Barkley going at it to be known as the best Power Forward in the game. Yes you won’t miss the cockiness and the arrogance, but there’s no denying they were the best of the best.

Yes people will remember Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. But for you late bloomers to basketball, who were the other guys? Their resumes are pretty impressive:

Karl Malone: The Mailmain considered by many to be one of the top Power Forwards of all time. Played 18 years with the Utah Jazz and 1 with the Lakers. Career averages of 25.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Second all time leader in points with 36,928 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 2x League MVP and 14x NBA All Star, he made 3 NBA Finals appearances losing to the Bulls in successive years and to the Pistons (in his final year as a Laker).

John Stockton: Played 19 years with Utah and perfected the pick and roll with the Mailman. A true point guard at 6-1 his court vision was simply amazing. Career averages of 13.1 ppg and 10.5 apg. All time leader in assists with 15,806 assists. A 10x NBA All Star, he made 2 NBA Finals appearances losing to the Bulls in successive years.

Chris Mullin: A sharp shooting south paw, he played 16 years with Golden State & Indiana. Part of the famous Run TMC with Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond (a 90’s rendition of Showtime!). Career averages of 18.2 ppg, 50.9% FG and 86.6% FT. A 5x NBA All Star.

Scottie Pippen: Jordan’s sidekick for 6 NBA championships in the 90’s. Pretty much the prototypical “do-all” small forward who could score, defend and play big or small. Played 17 years mainly with The Bulls, alongside stints with the Rockets & Trailblazers. Career averages of 16.1 ppg and 5.2 apg. A 7x NBA All Star.

Charles Barkley: The “Round Mound of Rebound” – he was never shy with what he had to say and still in’t as an analyst with TNT! Played 16 years with the 76ers, Suns and Rockets. Career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg. 1x League MVP and 11x NBA All Star. Made it to the NBA Finals once with the Suns, losing to the Bulls who embarked on the start of their second 3-peat.

Christian Laettner: The Duke posterboy who won 2x NCAA championships. Played 13 years with 6 NBA teams and had an “average” career. Career averages of 13.3 ppg and 6.9 rpg. 1x NBA All Star.

David Robinson: The Admiral played all 14 years with the San Antonio Spurs teaming with Tim Duncan to form the “Twin Towers” in winning 2 NBA championships. Chiseled physique who had a unique ability to run and floor hard for a big man. Career averages of 21.1 ppg & 10.6 rpg. 1x League MVP and a 10x NBA All Star.

Patrick Ewing: The former Gergetown Hoya played 17 years mainly with the Knicks. Known for his patented “fall away” jumper in the post. Who could forget those tough series between the Knicks and Bulls of the 90s and the match ups between Ewing and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon. Career averages of 21.0 ppg and 9.8 rpg. 11x NBA All Star who made it to the NBA FInals once where his Knicks lost in 7 games to Hakeem and the Rockets.

Clyde Drexler: Clyde “the Glide” Drexler played 15 years with the Blazers and Rockets capturing a championship with the Rockets alongside Hakeem Olajuwon. Career averages of 20.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg. A 10x NBA All Star.

And this is them today….20 years on. If you’re a true basketball fan, you will appreciate them as a team, but also how it changed the landscape of basketball globally. Names like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Tony Parker, Manu Ginoboli – you can chase their beginnings back to 1992 and what happened with the Dream Team.