Patience is said to be a virtue. The Los Angeles Lakers can certainly relate. Eight months after they had their trade for Chris Paul rejected by the NBA, the Lakers are arguably a better team. Their trade for superstar center Dwight Howard is expected to be completed on Friday, and they get to keep Pau Gasol.
Gasol, who was in the rejected deal for Paul and was at times reported to be in a potential deal for Howard per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, now stays in Los Angeles and will join a very talented starting five.
New point guard Steve Nash addressed the Howard-to-LA rumors last month in a radio interview after he joined the purple and gold.
"(Howard)'s a special player, special talent for sure. I can understand why the Lakers may be recruiting him," Nash said. "But for me to get an opportunity to play with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, that's amazing. It would be a pleasure to play with those two players."
Bynum is reportedly on his way to Philadelphia in the deal, but Nash will get to play with Gasol and Howard instead. And this Kobe Bryant fellow, who isn't too shabby himself.
Sure it took a season, but the Lakers might be better off because of it. As noted by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times.
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