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Dwyane Wade on the Lakers: “They have to make it work”

Sep 5, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade Signs Copies Of His Book "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball" Getty Images

And we are back at “the Lakers are great on paper” discussion.

Dwyane Wade is all over your television, radio and Internet this week as he does the tour for his book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.”

And wherever he lands there are some pretty standard basketball questions so far: About winning the title, comparing it to 2006, challenges to repeating, Jeremy Lin….

And the Los Angeles Lakers. The team that added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. The team that looks like it could be a threat to a Heat repeat.

Here is what Wade told Fox Sports about the Lakers.

“They’ll be great, but they have to make it work,” Wade said with a tone that sounded something like a warning — perhaps because he’s speaking from experience. “Some people figure it out right away, some people take till mid-season to figure it out and some take until the next year if they figure it out. Obviously for them, they need to be successful as they want to be, they’re going to have to do it right away.”

That’s the conventional wisdom now, the question is how long it takes them to get it together. Something hampered a little by the fact Howard is expected to miss training camp and maybe the start of the season as he recovers from back surgery. And that they are installing a new offense.

It’s safe to say that the Lakers in March should be better than the Lakers in November. The question we have yet to have answered is how good they will be in June.

  1. manchestermiracle - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Non-story and a re-hash of what’s already been said. Several times. On here alone. But I guess if y’all are still talking about it, it must be because y’all are fearful of it…..

    • hannsta - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Not scared as much as every sports writer knows, when in doubt, add “Lakers” and then a ton of fluff to an article and you will get garuntee 5k hits and 40 comments.

  2. greej1938l - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Really??Dwyane thanks for the update…worry bout your own damn team

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      …He was asked about the Lakers, so he talked about the Lakers, and said, “They’ll be great.”

      Touchy, touchy fans.

  3. greej1938l - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Really??Dwyane thanks for the update…worry bout your own damn team

  4. greej1938l - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Really??Dwyane thanks for the update…worry bout your own damn team

  5. miamatt - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Really, @manchestermiracle and @greej1938I? Y’all act like Wade called a press conference to talk about the Lakers. Answering a reporter’s question hardly qualifies as “being fearful of it,” or not “worry(ing) about your own damn team.” Sheeesh.

    • edweird0 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      My sentiments exactly

  6. paranz - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    …the question is how long it takes them to get it together…

    How long it takes? well, based on recent memory, they dont not need much time at all.

    Remember, when Pau arrived in mid-February 2008 via trade, the Lakers immediately contended for the championship by June of that year. (though they lost to the newly-formed Boston superteam).

    Now, with Nash and D12 as the addition, all they need is to be let loose from the gate, hand them a ball, and they will be dominant right away. Bad news for the other 29 teams.

  7. lakerluver - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Winning in basketball is predicated on talent. In baseball, hockey or football the best team does not always win the title. Sometimes a team gets hot and goes on a run. That almost never happens in basketball. At least not in the NBA. The LAKERS will have 4 HOF’ers and 1 borderline HOF’er in their starting lineup, and at the very least an adequate bench. The LAKERS will all have clearly defined rolls, which was something the Heat didn’t have when they came together. The LAKERS also have Nash who will get everyone the ball where they need it. Barring injuries, or a dramatic decline in the skills of Nash and Kobe, the LAKERS have a great chance to win another title or two over the next 3 years. Will they? Who knows, but we shall see!!

    • camnellum12 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      When did Dwight Howard become HOF worthy? I know he’s won 3 DPOTY awards, but if that makes him HOF first ballot, then Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace must be obvious picks….I’m sick of other Laker fans hyping up Dwight, outta Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, and Dwight getting traded to LA, Dwight has had the less stellar career out of them all. The LA Times picture with Dwight in front if Mikan’s, Wilt’s, Kareem’s, and Shaq’s jersey was outta line, he’s done nothing for the Lakers. And the irony in that is they traded away the center who actually set/tied Laker records of those centers and helped the Lakers win the Larry O’Brien on one knee. How about before Laker fans get the banner ready, we wait and see? Just a thought.

      • loungefly74 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        I think everybody knows DH will be in the HoF. That is not far-fetched at all. To say he will not be is just denial…

        Of course…we will see…

      • camnellum12 - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Never said it was far fetched, but Howard hasn’t had a season where he just flat-out looked like he needed to be MVP. Maybe you could make a case for the 2010-2011 season, but no. 6x All-Star, 3x DPOTY, 5x 1st All-NBA is nice, but he hasn’t shown that he’s an NBA legend and the fact that he’s a 6’9 center “dominating” frontcourts of wingmens’ league doesn’t look impressive either. He’s on the right trajectory to a HOF career, but he hasn’t made a staple moment or game in his career yet. Let the man play, that’s all I’m saying.

    • miamatt - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Gotta agree with @lakerluver on this one. Who knows as far as if they will win another title or two with this group, but they’ve got as good a chance as anybody. To suggest otherwise exposes a ludicrous amount of wishful thinking on rival fans’ part. I’m a Heat fan saying this.

  8. fpimentel72 - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    You know what, I’m sick of this talk about the lakers have to make it work, first of all Kobe have the best center in the game today and the best point guard, Kobe is that type that wanna win and yes they they are going to be great and yes they do need to work together but it’s not going to take long at all for them to do that , it’s not going to be like the heat, just to remind People that Kobe have 6 championship and with Howard,Nash he going to get 2,3 more before he retires

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      “first of all Kobe have the best center in the game today”
      Recovering from back surgery

      “and the best point guard,”
      Nash is a top 8 point guard at this point in his career, but not the best point guard. Not even close, unless you pretend defense doesn’t matter at all.

      “People that Kobe have 6 championship”
      One – he has FIVE championships, not 6. Two – He’s also gone 1-8 in the 2nd round of the playoffs the past 2 years. That’s more relevant than the fact that he won 3 Championships a decade ago.

    • miamatt - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      @fpimentek72- This is the time of year to get sick of just about all talk, but c’mon… the Lakers, like every other champion ever, DO have to make it work. I’m not saying they won’t, but to suggest that because they are the LAKERS that they get handed their rings in September is just asinine. I’m not doubting the potential, but the road to a title is never easy. I think even @lakerluver would agree- it’s the results that count. Until they’ve made it work, they haven’t made it work. The same goes for my Miami Heat- last year is over, the 2012-2013 Heat haven’t won JACK. They have to make it work THIS year, with THIS year’s bench, with THIS year’s expectations, and against THIS year’s competition.

      If the season doesn’t start soon I am going to kiss and hug a poisonous snake.

  9. paulhargis53 - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    lakerluver: Its so nice to see you ran away from the Reggie Miller thread like your hair was on fire.

    Christ, even your fellow laker fans were calling you out!

    Your statement of talent alone winning in the NBA is just about as dumb as you saying Jerry West wasn’t a force on both ends of the floor.

    The Mavericks had the most talent the year they won it? I doubt that. What they had was a cohesive team, that knew how to sacrifice and play together.

    You don’t just throw a bunch of all stars together and say talent alone wins.
    If Kobe and Dwight and,Pau can put egos,aside, maybe they have a shot. That’s a BIG if.
    Dwight can say all he wants about focusing on defense and the boards, but if he spent get his touches……

    What happens if Kobe is only getting 20 points a night? His ego couldn’t handle that.
    For you to say chemistry means nothing is foolish and shows how little you know.

    Boston has contended and gone deep in the playoffs because they didn’t give,a crap who led the team in scoring, it was about wins.
    Talent gets you so far, chemistry finishes the job, the Heat are living proof, everyone bought in last year.
    There is no proof that happens with the,Lakers. Kobe NEEDS to be the leading scorer, his ego demands it. Mr. “I’m not going to come back to score 18 a game”.

    How can you be so obtuse? I love that the more you type, the easier it is for everyone to see how little you really know.
    Way to go clownshoes!!

  10. danfrommv - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    That is what makes the acquisition of Steve Nash so great. He will really help them figure it out, offensively at least.

    And defense is a reactive endeavour, and DH is much quicker at reacting than Andrew Bynum.

  11. loungefly74 - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    miamatt nailed it. everything is just talk right now and things can be taken out of context very easily. well…wade earned the right to spew out the knowledge…

    @lakerluver…you are right ,most of the time, the team with most talent usually wins out. there have been exceptions as someone pointed out (dallas) though…but for the most part, yeah…

    but…we will see…we will see what happens.

  12. florida727 - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I think the Lakers will fare far better than the Heat originally did for two reasons: 1) Nash is a true point guard that’ll be in pass-first mode, shoot-mode second, which compliments Kobe’s need to be the #1 option at all times, and 2) Dwight’s not necessarily a scorer; his presence is most important on the defensive end of the floor although he’s (obviously) capable of scoring the ball.

    Bottom line: the Lakers additions are not “me first” players. The Heat trifecta of Wade, LeBron and Bosh all came together after each was already established as their respective team’s #1 scoring option. Obviously they overcame that, but initially it took time for them to assume other roles. I don’t see the Lakers having that short-term problem.

    • eerock41 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      howard is not a me first player. howard wants to be the got to guy in the closing minutes of the game. a man that can not hit better then 60% of his free throws. yes he is a great player, but dont let him fool you into thinking he is not a very selfish player.

  13. purpwalk - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    hope it’s not a year like the karl malone year. lotta big names, no title

  14. aboogy123456 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh need to stop acting like they are the only team that has dealt with pressure. This is the Lakers, and they seem to forget that.

    The reason that it was so hard to make the miami heat work was because wade and lebron both needed the ball to be effective, they were not good off the ball until they both improved last year. Also, Bosh was not effective inside and didn’t really give them the post presence they needed.

    As for the lakers, this will be easy to make it work. First off, Kobe is much better than Wade in that he can succeed playing with anybody, and he’s very good off the ball. And with the lakers, you are not asking players to play out of their element. What, Steve Nash needs to learn how to run an offense and shoot the ball? Dwight howard needs to get used to rebounding and blocking shots? Give me a break, Wade and Bosh act like the NBA started when they got their big 3.

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      “First off, Kobe is much better than Wade in that he can succeed playing with anybody, and he’s very good off the ball.”
      1. Kobe hasn’t proven he can succeed with anybody. He failed for years after losing Shaq, he succeeded with Pau for a few years, but has failed to get out of the second round of the playoffs the past two years.

      2. Kobe is not “very good off the ball.” Kobe’s style has been ball dominant for years. Do you even watch your team?

      • aboogy123456 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        do YOU even watch basketball? you’re an idiot, kobe is not carmelo anthony. He understands basketball on a higher level than wade or carmelo. Unfortunately mike brown made him an isolation player last year, and he was still great. Usually I think he would prefer to work off the ball and still score, but he needs help.

        I obviously watch a lot more than you, I can’t wait till this season starts and all the kobe is a ballhog people can shut up. Oh yea, they don’t watch basketball.

      • loungefly74 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        sorry eventhorizon04, kobe has had more success than any other player in this era (in an “alpha role”…don’t spew out horry and fisher as examples, they were not alphas on their team).

    • cramsinned - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      What should they say?
      “Oh the Lakers acquired Dwight and Nash, just give them the title we give up”

      • scorp16 - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        “kobe has had more success than any other player in this era”

        I think Tim Duncan would say you are wrong.

      • loungefly74 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:44 AM

        @scorp16 …no…no duncan would agree with me. 7 finals trips? yeah, tim has had a very impressive career, no doubt…he comes close…but kobe has had more success than any other player in this era (alpha role).

        hmmm…actually…the spurs have been involved with some monumental collapses during the playoffs…mkaes the arguement easier some what…

  15. lakerluver - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    @loungefly, I disagree, my friend, Dallas was by far the best team in the league that year. They had everything. @ph53, dude, I’ve tried to ignore you but enough is enough!! You constantly misquote me. I never said West wasn’t a great player. After all, he’s the LAKERS 2nd greatest sg!! And i never said talent alone wins titles. If that were the case OKC would’ve won a title last season. As someone else so eloquently put it, the LAKERS are not only the most talented team on paper, they also have the added benefit of having a FIVE TIME CHAMP as their best or 2nd best player. And they have a two time MVP at point guard, two of the best defensive players in the history of the league and a proven scorer off the bench. Need I say more? No other team can match the LAKERS “on paper”. You base everything you claim more on your own opinion and less on the facts, sir!!!

    • aboogy123456 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      I agree with most of what you say but Kobe is better than Dwight right now, come on man.

    • camnellum12 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      LOL it’s been about 8 or 9 years since Kobe has been the “2nd best player on the roster”. My goodness, that trade was overblown. To say Dwight’s better than Kobe would be asinine, especially since Dwight hasn’t improved since 2009-2010. Metta only shows glimpses of when he can lock down superstar wing players, but he needs to knock down his 3’s, because he’s gonna WIDE OPEN. Pau will be key this season, if the Princeton let’s Pau play like Pau of 2009, then the Lakers will have the upper hand on the league, because it was ridiculous how Mike Brown didn’t use him last season.

    • paulhargis53 - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Turd, some things I missed. You go ahead and crown them paper champions, “on paper” means crap. Just ask Heat fans when they played Dallas, or ask Packer fans about last year…

      Nash hasnt been an MVP since 05-06, hes 39 years old, hes not the same player. He’s about a 25 minute a night guy now.

      Artests best defensive days are behind him. He hasn’t been all nba 1st or 2nd team since 08-09.

      Youre scorer off the bench is a 36 year old has been/never was.

      Youre center has a bad back- but yeah, there are going to be no issues whatsover, because you know, its the lakers- thats sarcasm.

      I base everything on my opinion? Wow, do you even realize that you describe yourself with that statement.

      I just presented you with MORE facts. The team may do well, but its not a dead lock that they even make the WCF.

      Youre next post should be dazziling- you know where you tell me im wrong- but my facts are proven.
      You have zero clue, all you spew is laker rhetoric with no substance behind it.

  16. lakerluver - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    @ph53, your pleading for support from the others in a pathetic effort to turn them against me is rather lame. You remind me of the grade school bully who’s getting pummeled on the play ground by the smallest kid and now you’re screaming for someone to get him off you! No ones coming to your rescue, my friend!!!

  17. paulhargis53 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    You my slow witted friend, are a blatant liar. One only has to go to the Reggie Miller thread to see how much.

    You’ve pummeled nothing but your hand for your whole life.

    I’ve given you facts, facts such as you do t even know your teams history!!
    You said Kobe and MJ were the only 2 sgs to be highly efficient bithe ends…WRONG!

    You said in this very thread that talent wins out in the NBA.
    Miami had the mist talent when Dallas won!! It was Dirk and a bunch of fairly good players, nit great ones.

    You are so ignorant you can’t even go back to see what you’ve typed prior.

    You’re delusional if you think you’ve verbally bested me. My comment about no offense to other laker fans was directed at another posting, because he said not all laker fans were dumb- which was a direct reference to you.

    You’ve been outed, dummy. You’re best bet would be to take your frontrunner ass off of this site. You are so over the top, know nothing of the teams past or its players. Yet you come on and continue to spew drivel, day after day, week after week, ad infinitum.
    I don’t have to “try to turn” people against you, you’re doing it on your own.

    You ate the person that no one wants to sit next to at the bar. The guy that thinks he’s smarter than everyone else, that thinks if he keeps saying the same thing, it will make it true. In reality, you don t know a GD thing.
    Just leave, no one will miss you, kind of like your life offline.
    What did you last, about 6 days not responding? Weak mind, very weak mind.

    So long clownshoes, don’t let the door hit ya in the ass when you leave.

    • lakerdownunder - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      @paulhargis53 and @lakerlover…can you please take your boring, boring, boring lovers spat somewhere else? This blog is getting ruined by the ongoing asinine fight between the two of you. BORING…. swap email addresses and do it one on one.

  18. cosme27 - Sep 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    @lakerluver, the comment about basketball predictable of talent alone, the 92 dream team lost to a collage team, first practice game

  19. lakerluver - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    @paulhargis53yearsold, debating with you is a waste of time. We all know you’re the biggest LAKER hater on here. You’re a phony, my friend. You’re the same dude that said if the LAKERS got D12 they’d win the title. Didn’t think I remembered that, huh? Of course you will deny saying it. All I ever said was the LAKERS clearly are title contenders. I NEVER said anything about Nash, Artest or Kobe being in their primes. Like I said earlier you twist my words around to strengthen your baseless opinions. Nash is still a top 10 pg, Kobe is still a top 5 player, Howard is still the best center, Pau is still arguably the leagues most skilled 7 footer and Artest is still a very good defender. No, he can’t stop Durant or LBJ but he can at least bother them. And actually he guards LBJ as well as anyone does. Sure the LAKERS will have to figure it all out. But with a five time champ leading the way I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult. One last thing, “old fella”, you talk bad about Jamison but he’s better than Jeff Green has ever been in his entire career. And Green was a “big acquisition” for Boston. As a matter of fact, if Jamison’s so bad, why did Boston want him? I rest my case now go to bed, paulhargis53yearsold, it’s 8:00, which means it’s your bed time.

  20. paulhargis53 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Lakersucker: I don’t have to twist your words. It’s out here on the post what you type and what you’ve typed infers.

    I’m not a laker hater, I’m a you hater. You and people like you.

    You are making crap up about the Celtics and Jamison. There was never any talk about that.

    You think I’m a joke, yet you can’t help yourself in responding. You think its about winning and losing between you and I, when its not.
    I don’t care what any if you nameless, faceless people think of me, why would I?
    You are so weakminded, you just can’t ignore me…..pitiful.

    Lastly, Paul Hargis is a character that Jim Norton does in Opie and Anthony’s XM radio show. He says he’s .53 years young.
    Nice try ignorancy. Again, you are the tool.

    Way to go clownshoes!

  21. paulhargis53 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    downunder: I have just as much right to post here as you do. As dies lakerluver.

    As long as he continues to throw out ignorant diatribes, I’m going to rebut it.

    Ya see mate, its real easy for you. If you see our names, don’t read it.
    I’m not hurting anyone, so just glide past my posts……

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