For Los Angeles Lakers, No Deal Would Be The Best Deal

When Magic Johnson talks, people listen.

Thanks to his colorful and engaging personality, Johnson has been a media favorite since his college years at Michigan State.

Being the greatest basketball player to ever live (sorry, Michael) certainly helps his credibility, especially when it comes to talking basketball.

On Tuesday, Magic echoed a recent statement made by Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who said he would consider a trade amid the team’s recent struggles.

“I think we have to,” Johnson said. “[The Lakers] have to start looking at trade possibilities to improve the team and bring some energy and new life to the team.”

Unless Johnson circa 1980 magically becomes available, or the Denver Nuggets decide to trade Carmelo Anthony for Steve Blake, Ron Artest and two first round picks, as Memphis did with Pau Gasol in 2008, Kupchak should put Johnson on mute and hold onto his cards.

The apparent consensus is that the Lakers are playing uninspired and look old. They may be uninspired, but do they really look old?

Kobe Bryant scored 41 points on 16-for-29 shooting in Sunday’s loss to Boston—so his vitals look good. Lamar Odom is having arguably the best season of his career and Pau Gasol is averaging his typical 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game.

Los Angeles is one of the older teams in the league, but so is Boston and San Antonio, and they currently own the two best records in basketball.

Age isn’t the issue.

Are they uninspired? Probably.

The calendar just flipped to February, meaning we are officially in the dog days of winter. Why do you think the All-Star break is two weeks away?

Not because the players are chomping at the bit to play five games in seven nights in three different cities. That got old the second week of November.

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