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Forget Dwight Howard, the Lakers Need Deron Williams

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Everyone thinks the Lakers want Dwight, and should. I think their guy should be DWill… and that they think so, too.

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Of course, the Lakers are still contenders, more or less, it’s a long time to March 15 and speculating on trades is looney tunes….

At least that’s what the Lakers are always telling us, before they withdraw to their sanctuary and engage in the same speculation.

So without further ado:

Where’s D-W-I-L-L?

Actually, Deron Williams is like the door prize next to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow named Dwight Howard, whom the Lakers have pursued and are expected to pursue again… at least by their fans, the press, et al.

Happily for the Lakers, I don’t think that’s what they’re thinking, with Jim Buss’s longstanding adoration of Andrew Bynum, who’s still healthy (nine games into the season) and better than he has ever been.

To me, their guy is D-Will, not Dwight, as I thought the most important guy was Chris Paul, when the Lakers dared to hope they could land Howard and CP3.

This isn’t the usual jibe at Derek Fisher, who did more than any player but Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal to win those five titles.

Nevertheless, Fisher is 37 and they no longer run the triangle, in which the point guard—or “initiator,” as Phil Jackson put it–made an entry pass, cut away and wasn’t likely to see the ball again unless he was open at the arc (where Fish knocked down 40 percent of his threes, at 36).

As slight as Steve Blake is, he could have gotten by starting in the triangle, now that his jumper has joined him in Lakerdom.

Unfortunately, the triangle is bye-bye, as is Kobe Bryant’s youth.

At this point, Kobe’s middle age may fly by, too, if they don’t get him help where it counts.

That’s not under the basket.

If you missed Friday’s game against the Warriors, it’s OK. The Lakers missed most of it, too, scoring 35 points in the first half and falling behind by eight in the third quarter.

Remember last season’s dead-ass team?

It’s b-a-c-k.

So, where did anyone think their huge (slow), experienced (old) roster was going, without a major move?

When things go badly, everyone gets huffy about the Lakers’ effort.
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In the real bad news, they’re trying. Their effort isn’t the problem, it’s their energy.

Look at last season’s starters, with four ages 36-32-31-30 plus Andrew Bynum, who may have been 23 but didn’t lead any fast breaks.

All were huge for their positions: Fisher at 6-1, 210; Bryant at 6-6, 215; Ron Artest at 6-7, 260; Pau Gasol at 7-0, 285; Bynum, 7-0, 285.

Bryant, Fisher and Artest were grinders. If Drew and Pau were a level down, we’re not talking about Kwame Brown-type sloths.

Now with Devin Ebanks starting — oops, make that Matt Barnes — the energy level is a little better, but it needed to get a lot better.

Worse, with no triangle to promote ball movement, they’re back to the days when Bryant, who still must make up for all shortfalls, sits on the ball so long something may hatch one night.

You think Kobe didn’t smack himself in the forehead when he heard David Stern had yanked CP3 out of that about-to-materialize Laker backcourt?

Paul would have run the floor, made plays for teammates and added leadership and energy that would have hit the franchise like adrenaline.

Best of all, CP3 would have given defenses something they had to eyeball before worrying about what to do if the ball went to Bryant.

Now it’s Kobe who’s being eyeballed, as he runs the floor, provides leadership and energy and tries to make up for all shortfalls.

If the Lakers get Howard, Kobe will still have to do all that stuff.

If D-Will isn’t the ball-stealer and penetrator Paul is, he’s a big-time floor general and a knock-down shooter (or was until being exiled to New Jersey, where he has made 35 percent).

Lakerdom is now warming to Bynum… after years of I-can’t-believe-they-didn’t-trade-him-for-Jason-Kidd-gave-him-that-$50-mill-deal, etc.

Of course, what’s not to like about 18.8 points, 15.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game?

I’ve been the Jim Buss of the press corps through Drew’s career, during which I’ve argued his merits with members of the coaching staff, opposing coaches, Lakers announcers and guys at my paper, whose names I’m withholding since they’re all guys I love.

At least for another paragraph.

It was Phil Jackson, Alvin Gentry, Mychal Thompson and Steve Springer.

It’ll be years before we know the bottom line on Bynum, when he leaves the Lakers, whether in a March 15 trade, or a farewell ceremony in 2020 when his number is retired.

In the meantime, everything will be decided as it always is, by “The Last Thing That Happens.”

Happily for the Lakers, if everything is equal, the fix is in upstairs.

Jim Buss fell in love with Bynum as part of the Laker delegation that worked him out before the 2005 pre-draft camp in Chicago.

(Of course, that was after Ronnie Lester saw Drew in an east coast workout and said they’d better take another look…. and before Ronnie was axed, along with most of the front office, ahead of last summer’s lockout.)

On the other hand, if Andrew gets hurt again…

Time will tell what happens, but in the meantime, I’ve seen the Lakers’ dream scenario – and Dwight Howard isn’t in it.

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Mark Heisler, 2006 winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, writes for Sheridanhoops.com, HoopsHype.com, TruthDig.com and Huffingtonpost.com, as well as Lakers Nation. | Follow @MarkHeisler

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  • 123kid

    i really dont see how we get D. Will. Its more than just a dream of having him, but plain near insanity, because we have absolutely nothing to offer. And not just D. Wills, but I see the Lakers not making that mistake again of trading big for small. Of course other teams would love that idea of us giving away big for small, but there are no PGs out there that are of or close to CP3, D. Rose, D. Wills, Rondo, and etc. status or even close, based on speed, ball distribution, and age, that we can just trade a bunch of weak pieces on the team and draft picks to get. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZW43PZKOAV6DFEGLV5LXFLPKMY SuperKing!

      the plan I have heard would be centered around Gasol for D. Will. I agree with you that it will be hard to pull off. The only way would be is if NJ really believes they can hold on to him but have nothing at the deadline.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZW43PZKOAV6DFEGLV5LXFLPKMY SuperKing!

    Let me first say that I love D. Will’s game but I don’t think he is the answer. He is not MAGIC people, or the second coming of Magic. He is not a 6’9″ PG that can play every position on the court effectively. We really just need a defensive stopper as a PG. Someone who can make the elite PG’s of the league work hard. D Will won’t sign an extension, Paul has only signed a 2 year and even the worst option (Westbrooke) will be a free agent in 2 years. I say Center first. Keep the team together with Howard, Gasol, Kobe. Only send Gasol for D. Will. and add Arenas to a one year. A couple of years ago, dude dropped 60 on us. He has talent and won’t have to be “the man” so should hold up.

    • 123kid

      I agree with you on that SuperKing. If I were the lakers, and we did pull off the trade of Bynum for D12, and we make it work with draft picks, LO’s trade exemption, and maybe pieces like Luke and E.Banks without giving up Pau, and the Lakers have to take on Hedo, then I say make Hedo the PG. Its a crazy idea, but I think its an unorthodox good idea. I mean like an LO and somewhat LBJ status, but I think you can play him any position and I think he can also defend most positions that would benefit the Lakers. I think him and Kobe can switch off guarding the fast PGs because they have the advantage of length over them. 

      Imagine a team like OKC where Kobe and Hedo can switch off guarding Westbrook and KD. Then on the offensive side, you have a floor general in Hedo, that can shoot and pass over guards with no problem. And it becomes a huge problem for teams to deal with. 

      Lastly, if there are no PGs out there with talents like D. Rose, D. Wills, Rondo, and etc., that you can trade for, then why not counter attack with someone like a Hedo. He’s old and probably not as fast, but he makes up for it through his versatility, passing ability, shooting, and length.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZW43PZKOAV6DFEGLV5LXFLPKMY SuperKing!

        I would bring Hedo off the bench and leave Barnes in. He is playing very motivated. They would split minutes. MWP we would send in the trade. I can see sending Bynum, Ebanks (who isn’t happy about losing his starting spot) the Dallas pick and our 1st rd pick for Howard. Sign Arenas to a vet minimum contract. Hedo, Blake, Fish, McBob on the bench. Starters Howard, Gasol, Barnes, Kobe and Arenas. Then send Gasol, MWP, and next years 1st rd pick to NJ for D Will. I don’t think Hedo can run the Point all game and would get killed by the elite PG’s. (worst the Fish is)

  • d. l.

    fine, but how? they won’t have cap space, who would the nets want? Why would the Nets want Gasol if they still have Lopez, kind of similar players, no? would be silly to trade Bynum for DWill….but yeah, if they can get him, would be perfect…

  • Sti1lmatic

    Phuck this little drama queen! Get MONTE ELLIS!

  • Jdrcrasher

    Why would Deron Williams come here if he could help the Nets land Dwight Howard? Get D12 FIRST, otherwise you’ll end up with nothing.

  • Dnyce0322

    get john Wall forget Deron Williams, he ain’t coming.

  • Dnyce0322

    Easy 3 team trade for the Lakers, that would bring showtime back to LA.
    Wizards get Bynum/Beasley/Artest/Morris, and draft picks
    Lakers get Wall/Blatche or Lewis, and Turiaf. If we get Lewis in the deal we can shed long term contracts like Steve Blake, and Artest. Blake would be back in the Maryland area where he has had success winning a national championship, and World Peace in the capital nuff said, they need vets anyway.
    Twolves get McGee, Milicic isn’t going to cut it.
    Wall
    Kobe
    Barnes
    Lewis
    Gasol

    or
    Wall
    Kobe
    Barnes
    Blatche
    Gasol

  • Go laker

    If we get Howard and D-Will then I have a new nick name for the Laker –  The Fantastic 4 (D-will , Kobe, Pau, and Howard)  assuming Bynum is traded, and we get to keep pau

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