The latest NBA Lakers rumors to hit in this 2012 offseason have involved gossip about how the team will do this coming regular season, as well as which players will excel, or be weaknesses. Right now, Dwight Howard is a major topic of conversation, as he is going to be the cornerstone of LA's future teams. A recent article has comments from one coach who says the Lakers' new Princeton offense will "depend on Howard."
With the most recent Dwight Howard news talking about his meeting with Kareem Abdul Jabbar, his messages to fans on Twitter, and his big ad in the Orlando newspaper, Los Angeles fans are ready for the season to begin already. Howard had what some call a bad exit from Orlando, based on his antics in demanding a trade, and then the way he played things out from there. However, most other teams would probably ignore all that if they acquired his services for the next several seasons to come.
A new report from USA Today talks about what coach Pete Carril said to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick. He talked about how the offense, which he invented, isn't for every team out there, but believes the Lakers can certainly get it going, if Howard can perform it properly. Carril is quoted as saying:
"...Gasol can pass and he can shoot, and of course Bryant and Nash can shoot, and whatever they call him now (Metta World Peace), I know he can pass. It all depends on Howard, and then what kind of bench they have."
Carril added regarding Howard having a role as a "facilitator" in the new offense:
"...if he's the kind of guy who's happy about winning, then that's it. That's everything. That ought to change that. If they win, and he's not happy, well, then to thine own self be true. That's not me saying that. That's Shakespeare, I believe."
Definitely some interesting comments from Carril, who has done just what Los Angeles will be: putting the weight of their success on Superman's shoulders. He's yet to play a game yet, and already has lofty expectations, to deliver for his new team. Lucky for him, he's got Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant there with him. It'll be a work in progress as the team learns to gel together, but having guys the caliber of Kobe, Nash, Howard, and even Gasol, in terms of talent, will certainly make that progress much easier to make.
Do you think the Lakers' offense will succeed with Dwight Howard at center as the "facilitator," or do they need to reconsider their offensive scheme with this particular team?
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