If I were the type to mark important dates on my calendar, Aug. 9, 2012, would be circled and starred. That’s because that was the day a four-team trade was made that sent center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, a move that is going to help the team a tremendous amount.
Not only did the Lakers get Howard, but they also received point guard Steve Nash as a result of these trades. With Nash, Howard, guard Kobe Bryant, power forward World Peace (the player formerly known as Ron Artest), and center Pau Gasol, there is no doubt in my mind that the Los Angeles Lakers will beat the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals this year.
I have been a Lakers fan ever since I could remember, but for the past three or four years, it has been getting harder and harder to watch them play. The Lakers haven’t had much of a team since their last NBA Championship in 2009.
Many people have been criticizing Bryant because he is getting older and hasn’t been winning as much as he used to. But a check of the statistics shows that Bryant has been producing better stats these past five years than he did when he was 10 years younger. The real problem is that Bryant didn’t really have anyone else to help him win games.
But now that is all going to change.
It seems as though everyone has been on the Heat bandwagon lately – first, because they got Lebron James and Chris Bosh in a trade in 2010, and then because Miami won the championship this past year. But the first year this dream team was put together, they weren’t the big powerhouse they are now. The Miami fans weren’t so happy two years ago when The Heat wasn’t producing like they should have been.
Now that The Heat has won, everyone wants to worship them and talk about how great they are. (I personally think it’s sad that Lebron James had to leave his hometown of Cleveland and go to a totally different team just to win a championship.)
The Heat team was created to win games and beat teams by 50 points. But I think things will be different this year.
With the new roster, the L.A. Lakers will match up with The Miami Heat almost perfectly. With Nash averaging 11 assists a game, Howard averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds a game, and Bryant with 30 points a game, the Lakers will be a powerhouse this year.
I am confident that the Lakers will not only beat The Heat this year, but they will also steal the championship crown. And maybe I’ll even mark that date on my calendar, too.