High Water Everywhere
One graf on the Lakers, another on Miami:
I think 'twas The Recluse who said that the former Lakers—a team of Euros, misfits, uglies, and total co-dependents—was ideal for Kobe to relate to/rule over. All of them going to see 300 together summed up both Kobe's inner dork and his "activity leader" capacity. Well on that note, a big welcome to this new version. If that's the most unflattering reading you can give of Kobe's inscrutable being, Bynum and Gasol is the most dapper. You've got a dapper Continental for him to swap Spanish with, and a preps-to-pros prodigy known for his brainy interests. Supporting casts can indeed shape a superstar's image, and the more co-equal they are, the less scraggly the effects.
Dr. LIC (and, I'm assuming, Andreo) is totally fond of the Wade/Butler/Odom Heat. Come to think of it, I am too, and it might be the only time I've truly found resonance in Wade. It's beginning to stir again, not in the least because Flash has to bring his greatness into being once again. And no one, I mean no one, is fucking with Wade/Marion/Wright for half-brilliant, half-idiotic halves of basketball. I share with the commenter who suggested White Chocolate come out of hiding. Or for Ricky Davis to remember that he's Ricky Davis, not an American citizen.
Also, everyone's talking about how the Heat will cramp Marion's style, or something. Anyone remember all those times I said that Marion was the structural foundation of the Suns? How about him bringing some passing with him from that Valley, too? FALL BACK EVERYONE.
Obligatory Suns mention: I see where all the pundits are coming from with the "a break doesn't have to be all five guys." But with the Suns, and the Warriors, it usually was. So if nothing else, the whole feel of their game has been altered even if they stay running. And note to everyone: Old Kareem was still a crafty, effective player, on a level today's Shaq and Webber can only dream of.