Originally Posted by eliteballer
....because as soon as Bynum comes back and the Lakers pickup a decent PG through FA or a trade, combined with guys like McRoberts and Murphy who, dare I say might fit these team better than Odom the Lakers are going back to the top
...and who is outgoing in a trade for a PG? Because I don't see the assets teams are supposed to be frothing at the mouth over.
Barnes? Career journeyman underachiever who played an entire season of uninspired ball and has struggled considerably as a starter so far in LA. World Peace? If the off-court distractions involved (like legally changing your name to something absurd) aren't enough, he's producing at an all time low in his third season with the Lakers. Walton? Please. Fisher? Why would a team shoot themselves in the foot by trading young and capable for old and half dead? A trade for a PG is not a realistic option, no matter how capable your front office is at squeezing blood from a stone.
I agree that having Bynum suited up and ready to play can improve conditions for the Lakers... but it's certainly not a cure-all. You've still got glaring, unaddressed weaknesses at the 1 and 3, as well as a PF who seems to be struggling with some demons related to trade rumors, all the while falling into his "soft" ways in the post that haunted him after the 2008 Playoffs.
Throw in a lackluster bench and an unfamiliar system with a defensive minded coach and you're looking at A LOT of potential for setbacks. I don't think the threads people are posting are all that much of stretch. The Lakers opportunity to contend for rings, at present, has certainly closed for the time being.
And, I'm sorry, but you just said Murphy appears to fit better with the Lakers than Odom, a guy boasting 6th Man Of The Year honors and frequently your teams most consistent player (certainly off the bench). There is no way you're confident with that assertion after four games, two post-season and two regular.