August 7, 2007
It sounds like it’s getting close! Jermaine O’Neal might be a Laker sooner than later. The prospective trade would involve Lamar Odem and Andrew Bynum for O’Neal. This would be a great trade for the Lakers, and for Kobe Bryant. KB would finally have an inside presence to take some pressure off him (since Shaq Diesel of course). O’Neal also provides a great 15 foot jump shot touch, which spreads out the defense. I could see him knocking down that shot all season, after KB drives and dishes to him over and over again. The big risk is O’Neals repetitive injuries. To me, this is irrelevant, because Odem is the same way. Inevitably, they’re both going to miss some games due to bad knees. As for Bynum, he has shown flashes of being a good player, but he’s just potential for now. He still has a couple years before he becomes a primary option in an offense. The Lakers NEED to make this move if they want to keep Kobe. Otherwise, it’d be interesting to see Kobe and Jermaine O’Neal rendezvous to another team together. Think it’s possible?????