DALLAS (CBS SPORTS) – The team that makes the biggest moves winds up with the biggest target on its back. There’s no escaping that reality in the NBA these days, and the arrow-slingers aren’t always media members. Take Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is happy to put pressure on the new-look Los Angeles Lakers.
According to SportingNews.com, Cuban recently questioned whether the Lakers, who added All-Star point guard Steve Nash and All-Star center Dwight Howard this summer, will have the necessary chemistry to achieve their potential next season. “The Lakers have done this before,” Cuban said. “Remember Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work.”
“It takes great chemistry,” added Cuban, “like coach [Rick Carlisle] alluded to, it takes guys wanting to be there — I don’t know if all their guys want to be there — it’s going to be interesting.”
Cuban’s general premise is one shared by many observers. Something has to give any time this many egos and scorers are brought together in a sport with five players and one basketball. Some of the personalities involved, particularly the unyielding Kobe Bryant and the fritzy Dwight Howard, are fair game for preseason questions. This is a new dynamic, and the answers won’t be known until the games are played.
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