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With the signing of Elias Harris the Los Angeles Lakers have a full roster and are going into camp in a couple of weeks with a deeper more athletic team than last season. Yes the Lakers will miss the defense of Metta World Peace, but they have replaced Metta with younger quicker players that can shoot the ball. For the first time in years since the drafting of Trevor Ariza the Lakers have not one, but two forwards that have an opportunity to become big time players. R Kelly, and Elias Harris have 3 point shooting ability, can handle and pass the ball. Not leaving out Jordan Hill and his defense or Nick Young and Wesley Johnson. Kelly and Harris have more of a physical presence and look for contact when going to the hole. Elias Harris may see substantial time at small forward while R Kelly will see time at the power spot Look for Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Wesley Johnson at the guard spot early in the season to fill Kobe's slot. Blake, Nash and Farmar at the point. Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman will start at the power forward and center spots. Robert Sacre has developed into a defensive specialist and will back up Kaman. This Lakers team has way more options than last seasons team. They can go small with speed, or go big with post play. On top of the depth that the Lakers have, they have a pride and inspiration factor on the team not see in years. Wesley Johnson's mother is a life long Lakers fan. Seeing her son on the floor with the Lake Show is pride for her and inspiration for Wesley. The inspiration of a first round draft pick from Syracuse to play on the team he idolized when he was young. Two L.A home grown players in Jordan Farmar, and Nick Young playing on the team they idolized when they were young will inspire them to the next level. The pride Steve Blake who played his best basketball in the playoffs last season has, and just might have the best season of his career. Pau Gasol and Steve Nash's pride and leadership will be inspiration for the rest of the team. We all know what the Mamba brings, but he does it 3 times the desire. Let the pride and inspiration rise to the top.

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