Interesting article on why the Lakers aren’t worried about Howard’s contract.
They trade for Wilt. They trade for Kareem. They win a coin toss and draft Magic. They make a deal with Cleveland and draft Big Game James. They do their homework and draft Kobe.
They sign Shaq. They trade for Pau. They pick up the phone and quietly steal Steve Nash from everybody. And now this, Thursday’s era-shaker, a move that other teams might not have done, a move the Lakers have always done.
After being ushered out of the last two postseasons uncomfortably early, the Lakers needed one more piece to seriously compete for their record-tying 17th NBA championship. This piece was obvious, but risky. This piece had recently undergone back surgery, has no contractual guarantees that would keep him around more than one season and would cost them ownership’s favorite player.
The Lakers traded for Howard anyway. They traded away their peculiar prodigy Andrew Bynum anyway. They did it because they realized they had no chance at a ring if they didn’t, and rings are the only thing that matter to the Buss family, and if you don’t believe that now, you never will.