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The Lakers need to be bold, creative and agressive this offseason. Last season ended on a sour note, with KB, Gasol and Nash injured and Howard wondering about Free Agency.

Half of this is wishfull thinking, but get a load of this: If KB is really intent of making it a good shot to the title, his last one, and handing the franchise over, he'd better plan his way to this. Convince FA that he'll put his money where his mouht is. He and Gasol want to win? Ok, fine, then prove it! Make it work in spite of the odds.
Plan you way into accepting minimum deals with the Lakers in 2014, and sell this plan to Chris Paul, for example, and Dwight, of course.

This is a team sport, the current trend is going small, so sacrifices need to be made in order to get back on top. Kobe has managed to reinvent his game while aging, he needs to do the same for his mentality. The Spurs proved that old and traditional can still win in the right culture. The Lakers need to:
Get Paul to sign for a midlevel deal, or one year.
Tell Kobe and Metta to lose as much weight as possible, to be able to focus on defense. What they both need to instill in this group is a defense first mentality. With Nash and Paul around, creating will never be a problem again.
Make Dwight watch tape and stay out of the gym. He needs to develop his IQ, and that comes with mental preparation and patience.
Get Pau to accept a Ginobili-type role. Modern day basketball is about oportunity and circomstances. If he understands that he can get all he wants in the second quarter of games, and then just focus on team defense and the boards, he'll add 5 years to his career.

1. Paul, Kobe, Clark, Gasol, Howard.
Create mismatches by putting Clark on opposing Pg from time to time, and rest Paul defensively. Sub Gasol with Meeks midway through the first quarter and make the other team run. Screen for Kobe to get open looks, so that the movement also allows Dwight not to get doubled.
Get Nash in to give Paul a breather, along with Metta and Jordan Hill. Nash creating for the second unit would probably make up for the Lakers constant letdowns in the second quarter.

Mix and match the rest of the way, giving Nash minutes at the SG position. he's on of the best ever at shooting. less responsibility means better health int he long run. Same goes for Kobe, Pau and Metta. Accept that you need to let the youth carry the load.

Paul getting 34 mins, Kobe no more than 30, Nash around 24, Clark 24, Metta 24, Meeks 24, Howard 36, Gasol 28, Hill 20.
Let Paul and Nash handle, run screens for Kobe and Dwight, let Meeks spot up on Offense and chase opposing wings on Defense.
Posted Sunday May 27, 2012, About: Why Lowry wants out of Houston
Gasol + Blake for Lowry + Scola + Chandler Parsons needs to go down.

It makes sense for both teams, Houston has too many non-star guys to play and Lowry wants out, while the Lakers need a better PG and depth, while adding players to adapt to a different style of play.
Lowry can hold his own even against top 10 PG because he's strong and he's such a competitor. Sessions coming off the bench at both backcourt slots can work, and it would be welcomed 'cause he can change the pace when Kobe's out.
Parsons, for his part, doesn't need plays called for him and he's quick enough to handle even Durant decently, playing the 4 against small-ball lineups teams have been throwing at the Lakers.
Scola would get a ton of opportunities, being as crafty as he is with the attention Bynum and Kobe receive. He's definetly slow footed, but he's not really slower than Gasol and he's used to stepping out a bit to cover his man. More touches for Bynum would also mean he'd be in rhythm more often than not and engaged on defense.

Houston would finally get a star post player to bring some equilibrium, he'd be the primary post option with Camby / Dalemebert behind him on defense to handle the opposition big men.
McHale is a skilled big man coach so he'd be fed. Dragic came into his own and all the young guys around him would look up to Gasol and compliment him rather well.
Depth on the wings wouldn't be a problem, Martin is great at coming off screens to get the ball in scoring positions and Gasol is a more than willing passer.
Posted Sunday May 27, 2012, About: Why Lowry wants out of Houston
Gasol + Blake for Lowry + Scola + Chandler Parsons needs to go down.

It makes sense for both teams, Houston has too many non-star guys to play and Lowry wants out, while the Lakers need a better PG and depth, while adding players to adapt to a different style of play.
Lowry can hold his own even against top 10 PG because he's strong and he's such a competitor. Sessions coming off the bench at both backcourt slots can work, and it would be welcomed 'cause he can change the pace when Kobe's out.
Parsons, for his part, doesn't need plays called for him and he's quick enough to handle even Durant decently, playing the 4 against small-ball lineups teams have been throwing at the Lakers.
Scola would get a ton of opportunities, being as crafty as he is with the attention Bynum and Kobe receive. He's definetly slow footed, but he's not really slower than Gasol and he's used to stepping out a bit to cover his man. More touches for Bynum would also mean he'd be in rhythm more often than not and engaged on defense.

Houston would finally get a star post player to bring some equilibrium, he'd be the primary post option with Camby / Dalemebert behind him on defense to handle the opposition big men.
McHale is a skilled big man coach so he'd be fed. Dragic came into his own and all the young guys around him would look up to Gasol and compliment him rather well.
Depth on the wings wouldn't be a problem, Martin is great at coming off screens to get the ball in scoring positions and Gasol is a more than willing passer

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