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It seems like every year around NBA All-Star game time we hear the push for Lebron to enter the dunk contest. Each year fans are disappointed that the Heat star does not throw his hat in the ring. There will always be an expectation of a high flying player is in the 6ft 6in plus range to enter the contest. The comparisons of James to Michael Jordan are what mostly fuel the speculation. Unfortunately for the fans James will more than likely not enter the dunk contest and he probably shouldn’t.
If he was going to ever enter the competition it would have been at the beginning of his career. At this point there is nothing to gain for Lebron by entering the dunk contest. At best he can win and most of you will not be that impressed. If he loses to a lesser known player it will just be another thing to throw at him. Right now the speculation of what could be is the best thing for him. His legacy will not be defined by contest but by championship rings.
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2012-13 are the classic example of a paper team. The problem with a team built on paper is that it doesn’t account for real life issues and personalities. The numbers and names that you see do not always fit well together. So basically what you end up with is a wet piece of paper. There is nothing you can really do with wet paper. You can’t write on it or make origami with it. It either has to wait to dry or throw it out and start all over.
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2012-13 are the classic example of a paper team. The problem with a team built on paper is that it doesn’t account for real life issues and personalities. The numbers and names that you see do not always fit well together. So basically what you end up with is a wet piece of paper. There is nothing you can really do with wet paper. You can’t write on it or make origami with it. It either has to wait to dry or throw it out and start all over. The belief that D’ Antoni and Steve Nash would rekindle their Phoenix fire would be the magic pill for the team was never a good idea. The fact is that this coach has failed miserably at one premium job in the NBA and wasn’t that successful as the Suns head coach.
The second wrong turn the team made was picking up Dwight Howard. Initially it sounded like a great idea. The most dominate center the NBA has seen in the last 6 or 7 years could join Kobe Bryant. The world has seen what Kobe can do with a dominant inside compliment. The problem is that Howard exposed himself as a head case in Orlando last year. That same type of behavior has resurfaced this year in LA. The good news that he can opt not to resign next year but that means you traded Andrew Bynum and got nothing for him. Maybe the Lakers can trade Dwight mid-season but what can they get for him and will that fit with them.
Right now at 17-25 the team is 12th in the Western Conference standings. So basically if they made a run and into the playoffs their opponents would be the likes of the Spurs, Clippers or Thunder. A early round playoff defeat would not help anyone. In the NBA you have to be either really good or really bad. A middle of the road team just seems to get stuck.
The team over all is financially top heavy and doesn’t have much of a bench to look too. Kobe Bryant is play excellent but is in the last years of his career. For whatever Steve Nash brings you offensively he will get burned on defense by the Russell Westbrook’s and Chris Paul’s of the world. Without some kind of major intervention this paper will not dry off anytime soon.
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