It’s been roughly 12 hours since word broke that Dwight Howard had been traded and “OKC” is still trending on Twitter. No, not because he was traded to the Thunder. It was because most everyone’s first thought after hearing about the Howard heading to the Lakers, after first saying, “Holy crap, so that’s Kobe, Nash, Gasol AND Howard!?!” was if it meant the Lakers were better than the team that eliminated them last year.
Are the Lakers now the Western favorite? Are the Thunder now underdogs? Does Oklahoma City need to do something to catch up?
(It’s kind of cool, really. You can’t do something in the West without wondering if it gets you any closer to the Thunder. Respect.)
But here’s the shorthand of this: The Lakers have improved as much as any team this offseason. They’re better than the team OKC mostly breezed through in five games last postseason. They were good then, got better with the addition of Steve Nash and now are downright scary with Dwight Howard. The Lakers are for real, for real. Keep Reading…