The time has arrived. It was the first day of October so the Lakers invited reporters in for their annual Media Day to kick off the 2012-2013 NBA season. Laker fans were able to enjoy plenty of entertaining interviews, memorable quotes, and great pictures that would make any Lakerholic have a relapse and start sipping on that bottle all over again.
One amazing picture that we all were able to save to our phones and computers on Media Day was what appeared to be Steve Nash and Dwight Howard humorously completing an alley-oop play with an invisible basketball. In this picture, Kobe Bryant’s new teammates completely prove the old saying, “A picture is worth 1000 words.”
Man oh man, did the Lakers need some personality or what? Andrew Bynum did not offer any personality at all to the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it be refusing to cut and/or brush his half gray afro or giving JJ Barea a Rock Bottom, Bynum was hardly ever able to leave a smile on Laker fans faces.
Dwight Howard on the other hand is an absolute media darling (with the exception of the Dwightmare, which is officially over). It is impossible to watch this man do some of the things that he does, without smiling or laughing. If this guy doesn’t entertain you, then your name must be Scrooge or Shaquille O’Neal.
Steve Nash is also someone who is looked at as an absolute amazing person to be around. He has been highly recognized as one of the funniest players in the game. From his post game interviews to his advertisements, Nash has been making NBA fans laugh for years. He even accepts beers on the highway from Laker fans.
The picture shows that Showtime is back. Magic Johnson gave all Laker fans a reason to smile. To add to the outgoing personality, he won championships. Let’s hope Nash and Howard can do the same thing.
The Real Lob City
Last year, we all saw the video of Blake Griffin reacting to the fact that the Clippers basically stole Chris Paul from the Lakers. It made us sick as Blake self named the Clippers, “Lob City.”
As great as CP3 and Blake can possibly be together, the Lakers now have one of the greatest passers paired with one of the greatest finishers in NBA history. When I first heard the news that they added Dwight Howard to a team that already has Steve Nash at the point guard position, all I envisioned was alley-oop plays.
In this picture, Nash and Howard are acknowledging the fact that a lob between these two will be done often during this season. They are accepting and embracing the fact that the Lakers are the mayors of Lob City.
But, let’s not get too caught up in any kind of beef with the Clippers. On Media Day, Kobe stated, “It isn’t a rivalry. It never has been a rivalry.”
The Revamped Roster
Think about it guys. The picture only shows the point guard and the center of the Lakers, but it still defies greatness. It doesn’t even have the great Kobe Bryant in it, but with just these two players, the team already looks like a contender.
Dwight Howard has only played with guys like Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas, who were never really true point guards and didn’t feed the ball to Dwight the way that he needed to be fed. Even with being stuck on a three point shooting happy team with no true point guard, Howard was able to still average 18.4 points per game for his career and prove that he is the best center in the NBA.
Steve Nash also hasn’t had someone like Dwight to pass the ball to, especially in recent years. Stuck passing the ball to guys like Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley, Nash was one of only two point guards in the entire league to finish the 2011-2012 regular season averaging at least 10 assists per game. Without even mentioning all of the other weapons that Nash now has to his disposal, he has an absolute monster in Howard to deliver the ball to.
Now add these guys to one of the greatest players in NBA history, one of the best power forwards in the game today, one of the best individual defenders in the NBA, and a great new bench constructed by Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak. A picture is truly worth 1000 words.