Shaq was the Lakers. Without him, they're nothing. Even Kobe can't help them, even if they keep him........ they don't have team chemistry, all they have is the Heat's roster from last season, and they didn't even get their PG. LOL. How far would the Heat made it without Rafer Alston? How far would they have made it without Alston in the WESTERN conference? Not very far, and they certainly wouldn't be a marquee team.
I'm afraid they are the next Chicago Bulls: a team dominating the league who loses every single one of their good players, as well as their coach - Phil Jackson. And the Bulls couldn't even compete in the east, imagine how the Lakers are going to do against all the western teams
I wonder who the next dynasty/semi-dynasty team will be Bulls, Lakers, _______. Detroit perhaps?As long as they keep their roster intact they seem like a good candidate. We'll see after all the FA signings are done though. The east is looking pretty good though: NJ, Indiana, Detroit, Miami. My, oh my, how times have changed in a few months.