Sunday , May , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Magic Johnson: Lakers must pick between Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol

"Dr. Buss has a lot of work to do," said Johnson. "He’s probably going to have to blow this team up after the season if the Lakers lose this series because you have to come back with some fresh faces. You have to pick between the two big men with which one you keep and then you trade the other one."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ah Magic, tell us how you really feel.
One of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers ever believes it’s time to dismantle the two-time defending champions. According to Mr. ‘No Look’, the outcome against the Dallas Mavericks doesn’t matter.
 
Johnson believes what was once the Lakers’ strength, their size, is now their weakness. And the twin towers of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol makes them vulnerable against athletic teams that run.
 
He may be right, too.
 
Johnson believes management must pick: Bynum or Gasol? Dealing one would allow the purple-and-gold to get back young, quick players.
 
Such a proposition is risky. For instance, what if the Lakers deal the wrong post?
 
Keeping Bynum would probably make the most sense because he’s younger and performed brilliantly down the stretch; however, he also has a history of injuries.
 
Hanging onto Gasol would seem problematic. His confidence is shot and he’s susceptible to mental breakdowns –like game three against the Mavericks when
 
Zen-Master Phil Jackson made like old school Bobby Knight and beat him.
 
But Gasol has a world class skill-set. When playing well, he’s easily one of the premier posts in the NBA. Those days, however, seem few and far between.
 
There are no easy answers in Laker-land. The former face of the franchise is right, though: something must change.
 
–Oly Sandor.

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