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Mark Cuban On Rebuilt Lakers (page 33569)

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says just because the rebuilt Lakers look great on paper, doesn’t mean they’ll play great on the floor: “the Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work. It takes great chemistry…it takes guys wanting to be there. I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.” Cuban’s right: there’s no telling whether or not this group will jell or if Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard can co-exist. But it says here, they will. Even at 38 Steve Nash is better, hungrier and much better for team chemistry than the “glove” was when he joined the Lakers. And say what you want about Dwight Howard: he’s still the best big man in the game. Malone was 40 and playing on a jacked up knee when he got here. And this locker room won’t be poisoned by a Shaq-Kobe rift like that one was. The only questions here, involve Howard. One, how’s his back?. And two, how’s his dome. Look, Howard has said and done some pretty lame things, but even he understands the opportunity he has here. All he has to do is block shots, catch lobs, work the glass, run the floor and win a ring or two and then take over the team from Kobe. I’m not going to guarantee a Laker ring, but if it doesn’t happen, it won’t be because of a failed chemistry experiment.

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