Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for guard Caron Butler, forwards Lamar Odom and Brian Grant and a future draft pick. Shaq was more than a dominating force on the court, he was the Lakers’ best entertainer and biggest ambassador (pun intended). He will be missed by all Laker fans.

Luckily, Kobe Bryant announced that he intends to resign with the Lakers for a seven-year, $136.4 million contract. This is all well and good, but the possible starting lineup for next year is Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Caron Butler, Lamar Odom and Brian Grant. This is not dynasty material. The most consistent player other than Kobe is Karl Malone, who will most likely come off the bench. Adding insult to injury, the only Laker over 6’10” will be rookie Marcus Douthit. All Laker fans need to get ready to feel some pain, the beatdown is coming.

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